Ravichandran Ashwin holds indifferent stance on Test vice captaincy
Published - Feb 17, 2017 8:54 pm | Updated - Feb 17, 2017 8:54 pm
Team India has been in a sensational form in the recent times. One of the key elements of their success story has been the spin bowling. Talk of spin bowling and the name of Ravichandran Ashwin springs up. Ashwin has been instrumental in helping India win matches. He has spun his web around the oppositions to choke them on almost all occasions in the recent past.
It comes as no surprise as to why he was named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year last year. His performances in the home series against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh have helped him have a stranglehold on the top spot in the rankings.
One thing that comes out as a startling fact amidst all this is that a ‘titular’ tag has eluded him. He is yet to be named the vice-captain of the Indian team. Many believed that Ravichandran Ashwin could well be the ideal deputy to Virat Kohli in the Test cricket. Even though the tag has eluded, the off-spinner is not bothered about it at all.
In a recent quote in The Hindu, the Tamil Nadu offie said that he leads without a title. He does not require a title to promote himself or motivate himself to be a match-winner for the country. He rightly mentioned that he has matured enough to be not concerned about these things and rather focus on his game play. He has an indifferent attitude towards the vice-captaincy and is at total peace with himself.
“To be honest, I am not even sure if I want to be a vice-captain. I do a lot of hard work. So to try and think about what is not coming my way is way too demanding on my mind. I have really crossed that stage, where I think I deserved this or being faced with decisions that is not in my hands. I lead without a title. I end up playing a crucial part in most matches which India wins. As of now, I am at peace with myself,” quoted Ravichandran Ashwin.
Team India is next scheduled to host Australia for a 4-match Test series. The series commences on February 23 at Pune. Ashwin will surely be the key man for India in the series.