Ravichandran Ashwin doesn’t want to shelve wishes of playing the World Cup

"I definitely believed that it was a zone where I needed to improve."

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

Indian off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club in 2010 and has played 111 ODIs in which he has picked up 150 wickets. However, the tweaker has somehow gone out of contention for a berth in the 50-overs team. The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have bowled exceedingly well to keep Ashwin on the sidelines.

Both are also playing in the ongoing Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where India will lock horns with Hong Kong and Pakistan in the group phase. Ashwin last played an ODI against Windies back in June 2017 and hasn’t played the format for over a year. In the meantime, he admitted that there’s cutthroat competition for places in the national team.


I’m always hopeful of what I can achieve in any given game

The experienced campaigner believes that he hasn’t done much wrong in white-ball cricket to be left out of the national team. The 50-overs World Cup in England and Wales is scheduled to be played from May 30, 2018, onwards and the off-spinner still aspires to play in the mega event. Moreover. he credited Kuldeep and Chahal for their sterling shows in coloured-clothing cricket.

“I didn’t do much wrong to be going out in the white-ball scheme of things. But I definitely believed that it was a zone where I needed to improve and achieve better things in terms of what I had. here is competition in terms of Chahal and Kuldeep who have done incredibly well in the last few months.

Massive credit to them. But I do feel there will be a time for me at some stage. Because I didn’t go out on account of bad performances,” Ashwin was quoted as saying in India Today.

“I’m always hopeful of what I can achieve in any given game. Like most of the others I believe I can crack a game open with the way I bowl because I’m a very brave bowler. Keeping all these things in mind, World Cup is something which every cricketer wants to play and I do want to play it,” the Tamil Nadu-born cricketer added.

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