Ravichandran Ashwin not seeking captaincy at the moment

"I don't think I have enough energy in my kitty to actually be thinking about those things" says Ashwin.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: BCCI)

In an interview with TOI in Mumbai office, Ravichandran Ashwin explained about his current injury issues, rehabilitation, and his captaincy endeavours. The star off-spinner who had a dream spell this home season of Indian Cricket pulled out of the ongoing IPL tournament after being diagnosed with Sports Hernia. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 82 wickets in 13 Test matches against New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, and England. He was also adjudged as the Man of the series twice against New Zealand and England.

Ashwin was asked to choose the best dismissals amongst the 82 wickets and he was quick to reply that he enjoyed seeing the back of Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali in the Mohali Test. He also cherished to take wickets of Kane Williamson and Steven Smith in Kanpur Test and Dharamsala respectively.


“Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook in Mohali. Both got out to very good balls and in different ways and the game broke there and England didn’t get a chance to come back. The situation of the game made it more special. Williamson in Kanpur in the first innings. For the first time, I had convinced the captain I don’t need a slip but a short third man as the wicket was very slow. The ball spun back and hit his leg stump” quoting the offie.

“Steve Smith in Dharamsala in the first innings was special too because he was batting really well. I came into the spell and kept telling myself I have got to get going quickly because I had probably 30 balls of high-intensity bowling in me in which I had to get him out,” added Ashwin.

Ravichandran Ashwin was later asked about the traits that he would like to inculcate from the likes of Virat and Dhoni is terms of captaincy. He replied that in this stage of his career he wants to concentrate on his bowling and does not have the reserves to think along those lines.

Ashwin replied,”I don’t want to copy anybody. I believe in accountability and communication and I will be very just in what I do. Whatever decisions I take, I’ll try and reason them out and I will be open and honest. I don’t know if I actually need it. At this stage of my life, I don’t think I have enough energy in my kitty to actually be thinking about those things.”

Ashwin has pulled out of the cash-rich league to recuperate from his injury and is expected to return in the ICC Champions Trophy in England.