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Ravichandran Ashwin backs M Ashwin and N Jagadeesan to shine in TNPL

When asked about promising talents from the state in the name of Murugan Ashwin and Narayan Jagadeesan, Ashwin backed both of them to be smash-hits this year.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

As we inch closer to the start of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), the T20 tournament promises a lot as a competition as well as a platform for digging out talents. Active Indian international, Ravichandran Ashwin, who has left with the national team for Sri Lanka spent a notable amount of time with his TNPL side Dindigul Dragons.

Speaking to the media about the tournament which is scheduled to start on 22nd July, Ashwin said that the T20 league is an excellent initiative for the young stars of Tamil Nadu.

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When asked about promising talents from the state in the name of Murugan Ashwin and Narayan Jagadeesan, Ashwin backed both of them to be smash-hits this year. Ashwin believes Murugan has enough experience to make his performance count In this year’s tournament. However, he advised Jagadeesan to enjoy his cricket rather than taking the pressure of scoring big runs.

“I am sure M. Ashwin has got the experience to deliver the good every year. He has played the IPL in the last two years. He has come back stronger from a different experience of sorts. He was a net bowler with CSK and the similar set up was there at Pune in 2016, so he felt at home. But this year he went to Delhi Daredevils which was a new environment and he has come back stronger. With respect to Jagadeesan, the message from the franchise is to go out and play exactly like what he did last year. Even if the results don’t go our way, it is fine. He needs to enjoy the game rather than look to put runs on board because that is going to put pressure on him.” said Ashwin.

Ravichandran Ashwin came up with a change in his bowling action which caught everyone’s eye during the recently concluded West Indies tour. When asked about the same and whether he will stick to it in future Ashwin pointed out that he is someone who welcomes changes.

“Ever since I started, I think this is my tenth bowling action (laughs)… I don’t think you should ask me about the thought process behind this. Maybe two years down the line we can sit and scrutinise if it worked or not. I am open to change and you can expect just about anything from me.” concluded the master of the carrom ball.

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