Rajasthan Royals (RR) Ravichandran Ashwin focuses on the tensions and the consistent sword looming over the heads of non-performers in the Indian Premier League (IPL), while adding that the “very plateaued inner atmosphere ” inside his team’s dressing room has assisted him with taking his game to an alternate level this season.
The India cricketer who has played for a few IPL franchises, with his longest spell being with the Chennai Super Kings and more limited ones with the Rising Pune Supergiants, Kings XI Punjab, and Delhi Capitals, was purchased by RR in the mega auction, and alongside Yuzvendra Chahal, manufactured a strong spin mix, taking the 2008 IPL champions into the playoff games.
I’ve Been Able To Take My Nuances And Thought Processes To A Different Level This Year: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin’s team, which stayed second after the league stage, will take on newbies Gujarat Titans in Qualifier l at the Eden Gardens here later on Tuesday, peering toward an immediate section into the final.
Imparting his experience to different franchises throughout the long term, Ashwin, who has taken ll wickets in 14 games this season and has contributed with the bat also, scoring 183 runs at an average of 30.50, said:
“Sometimes we talk too much about the game. I’ve gone through so many years of the IPL and when teams aren’t doing well, the constant badgering we get is about chopping and changing again. But I think we (RR) have pretty much being maintaining a very plateaued sort of an inner atmosphere, which I think has helped.”
Ravichandran Ashwin, who has scalped 156 wickets in his 13 seasons in the IPL, said on a video posted by the Royals on Tuesday that the 2022 season had been one of the “happiest years” in his career.
“This has clearly been one of the happiest years in my career in the IPL. I’ve been able to take my nuances and thought processes to a different level this year. Knowing is firmly believing, so, I know we can win a second title).”
Looks Like We Are Onto Something Special: Ravichandran Ashwin
He added that making the playoff games as the No. 2 side and playing in Qualifier I was plainly something extraordinary in his first season with the franchise.
“That’s a good beginning actually. Last time we think we qualified was when Shane Warne was around (RR won the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008 with Warne as their skipper). Looks like we are onto something special.
To me, it’s been a great effort. If I look back at the season, it’s just been… We’ve had our low moments, but I thought we’ve been pretty standard in terms of how we’ve managed our inner space.
“The greatest strength of this team has been playing with freedom, playing with no expectations. And I think we should continue that and put a lot of pressure on whoever comes up against us in the rest of the games that we play,” said Ashwin.
“It’s been one very different year as far as I am concerned, as a cricketer and as a person… It’s nothing to do with the performance or qualification or anything. I’ve enjoyed so much in terms of how I’ve been able to explore, like I’ve always maintained with my cricket.
The day I stop experimenting, the day I stop losing the passion for that is the day I’ll be done with the game,” added the ace offspinner “I’ve really enjoyed my time here (at RR) and the exploration part is something that I’ve been able to find exact expression, or exact form of expression.”