India vs Windies: Ravi Ashwin disappointed at being left out of the ODI squad

India vs Windies: Ravi Ashwin disappointed at being left out of the ODI squad

He took the competition for places positively.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Ravi Ashwin’s limited-overs career has taken a dramatic turn-around in the last 18 months. The way the wrist-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has performed, the selectors have no option but to retain them for every series which India plays. Even for the upcoming ODIs against Windies, Ashwin has been overlooked who has expressed his disappointment now. However, he has taken the axing positively and is looking forward to making a comeback.

He last played for India in the coloured clothing in July last year and has been sidelined ever since then. The same thing happened to Ravindra Jadeja who made a stellar comeback in the Asia Cup thanks to a plethora of injuries. He grabbed the opportunity with both the hands and played a crucial knock in the final to win India the tournament.

It is always disappointing

Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin, while speaking to The Week, expressed his disappointment for not being picked in the squad time and again. But rather than blaming anyone, he has credited Kuldeep and Chahal for the way they’ve performed after getting the chance.

“It is always disappointing for anyone to be left out, but for me, the moment I got into the Indian team it was about excelling. How many teams have the luxury of not having their first spinner in the team? To give due credit, when Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal came, they did extremely well,” he said.

The 32-year-old also took the competition for the places positively and was hopeful of the opportunity knocking his door sooner rather than later. “You have to give them credit. They have done some great stuff. I think competition is excellent. It is all about telling me and (Ravindra) Jadeja—boss, can you up your game? I look at it positively. I am sure one day the opportunity will come and when it does, I should be prepared,” Ashwin added.

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