Not Worried about my selection, says Ravi Ashwin over ODI snub

Not Worried about my selection, says Ravi Ashwin over ODI snub

He hasn't played an ODI since 2017.

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

Ravi Ashwin who was once regarded as the backbone of the Indian spin bowling department has fallen out of favour lately as far as limited overs cricket is concerned. From the time they have entered in to the Indian squad, the duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have handled the spin bowling duties very well.

The pair is expected to handle the spin department in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup as well with Ashwin no longer part of the plans. The wrist spinners have provided stability to the spin department and it is expected that the selection panel would not like to tinker with it much when they sit down for the selection of the team.

Ashwin has been a regular face in the Indian Test squad but same is not the case when it comes to the ODIs and T20Is. He last played an ODI for India against the Windies in 2017. But this has not put him under any kind of selection pressure. Instead he is all geared up for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) where he will lead the Kings XI Punjab.

“I am not bothered about it [selection]. It is important to get better as a cricketer every day. I am getting better, and I am working on what I need to. I am not worried about anything else,” he told Sportstar.

Looking forward to learn a few things from Varun

Ravi Ashwin seems to be very excited playing with the likes of Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman who has been sensational in the International circuit. Punjab have also added two leg spinners from Tamil Nadu- Murugan Ashwin and Varun Chakravarthy. Varun became the most expensive uncapped player when he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 8.40 crores.

“I am very excited with the fact that there are a couple of good spinners in my team. I am quite excited to have them. 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 learn a few things from Varun. IPL is a great opportunity. I really want to enjoy myself and excel in it,” Ash further added.

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~ Written by Nikhil Gupta