Ravichandran Ashwin says he is bothered about the assessment of his performance

Ravichandran Ashwin feels the last two year has been kind to him

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that he has reached a stage in his career where he is not bothered about the assessment of his performance after every game while he has made a white-ball comeback in the recent T20 WC in UAE.

India’s great spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that he has reached a stage in his career where he is not bothered about the assessment of his performance after every game. 

While the Covid-19 pandemic has been hard, the off-spinner feels that the last two years have been kind to win with continued success in Tests at home and a productive tour of Australia, where India made history by winning back to back series. 

The 35-year-old, who is India’s second-highest wicket-taker and took 442 wickets in 86 tests, also made a white-ball comeback after four years and featured in the recently T20 World Cup in UAE.

“If you want a realistic answer, I am not assessing my performance at all. I am not in that phase of my life where I am thinking about what happened there and what happened here. Like I told you, I am living it by the day.

“The last two years have been hard on a lot of people but it has been very very kind and good to me. So just enjoying my game. I don’t know if it is evident enough on the ground or not. I am totally in a very good space of mind,”

Ashwin told PTI at the launch of Voot Select’s ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’.

Ashwin was recently busy in the Indian Premier League, and will next be seen during India’s tour of England in June-July when the rescheduled fifth test will be completed with the visitors leading 2-1.

“Honestly, I am pretty blank right now. We have had a long international season so not even thinking about all that in my head. I have been in bubbles forever, have got back home only after five months. It is about time I put the pause button on and live every day and take it as it comes.” 

With COVID-19 on the wane, cricket boards around the world are heading towards staging series without mentally taxing bio bubbles. Ashwin can only be happy about that.

“Absolutely. More than anything else, we need to look at the larger picture. If we can get over the pandemic and things are getting back to normal, we all should be happy.”

On the way to the notable victory in Australia in January 2021, Ashwin contributed both with bat and ball.

Ashwin reviewed that organization with a ton of affection. He was ruled out of the last test as injury-desolated India battled to handle an eleven for the game.

“The other game I played the game injured was in Southampton (2018) and it did not go on the right side of the coin for us. Again in Sydney, on day four day of the game, I had a severe back spasm I was not sure if I could get through the game but somehow wanted to.

“I prayed for a bit of luck, that I had lesser pain the next morning, that the painkillers worked and all of that, I was praying quietly.

“Somehow I got through day four, took a couple of wickets, bowled non-stop spells even though it was hard. Harder than what Southampton (2018 England Test) was but I think a lot of it was destiny as well.

“One of those series where there was a lot of effort and that one percent luck for every single individual,”

the eloquent spinner said.

“Easily one of the best series, I have been part of. Even now, when you talk about it that feeling comes back, all those good memories, all those difficult phases we faced, the euphoria after the victory, everything stands tall even till now,”

he added. PTI BS KHS KHS