Looking forward to learning things from Varun Chakravarthy: Ravi Ashwin
"I know Varun did well in the TNPL."
Updated - Mar 19, 2019 8:18 pm
As the IPL is all set to commence within less than a week’s time, on March 23, the Kings XI Punjab captain Ravi Ashwin is pumped up to give his all in the shortest format of the game. Being known as a Test Cricket specialist, Ashwin has long been detached from limited-overs cricket in the international scene. But as the IPL is around the corner, these veteran cricketers can prove their expertise in the T20 format as well.
As far as limited-overs cricket is concerned, especially ahead of the World Cup, the spin setup of the Men in Blue primarily consists of Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and also Ravindra Jadeja. Whereas for Ravi Ashwin, who considers his limited-overs record to be decent enough, it has been almost two years since he last played an ODI.
Ashwin’s credibility is not one to be denied, and fans are all aware of his class. But we all seem to see him as a Test cricketer, a red-ball specialist and just that even though he’s the captain of a franchise in the Indian Premier League. The 32-year-old Indian off-spinner says that there’s more to his growth as a cricketer, that he is eager to evolve.
Ashwin is eager to learn from youngsters
“I am very excited with the fact that there are a couple of good spinners in my team,” Ashwin told Sportstar. As a world-class spinner with all kinds of strategies, and someone who has been the World No.1 in Test Cricket, Ashwin can be considered as the complete package when it comes to measuring an international level bowler.
With so many tricks up his sleeve, the veteran spinner feels that he has to learn a bit from the youngsters in his team, including off-spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who was roped in by the Punjab-based franchise for a whopping price of INR 8.4 crores. Co-incidentally, along with Ashwin, he also plays for Tamil Nadu in the Indian domestic circuit.
“I am quite excited to have them[spinners]. I have seen M. Ashwin very closely, he also plays in my league side in TNCA. I know Varun did well in the TNPL. It [their selection] covers one facet of the department concerning spin. It is something I can watch closely and mentor. I am looking forward to learning a few things from Varun. IPL is a great opportunity. I really want to enjoy myself and excel in it,” he concluded.