Team India has already announced the 15-men squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup. They have gone with three spinners, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav, all of whom are left-armers. Veteran leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were not considered.
Experts and former players believed that Ashwin could have been a good addition to the World Cup squad given his experience and subcontinent conditions. The veteran off-spinner has supported the team selection and he is ready to deliver whenever required.
I will be ready and will give my 100 percent: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin on his YouTube channel said, “Even I have had my fair share of failures and successes. But I have tattooed Indian cricket close to my heart. If they require my service even tomorrow, I will be ready and will give my 100 percent.”
“At this point, we are expecting a lot from Axar Patel. I feel like we should give some space. If we don’t have Axar, who is doing that role? Shardul. What are you expecting from him? 5-6 or sometimes 8 overs and pick 2-3 wickets. Will Axar give you 10 overs every day? Maybe not. When the volume of overs comes down, he might end up pitching where he didn’t intend it to. If he keeps bowling more overs and once he gets his confidence, he will be set.”
Ashwin was asked if it affects him to not be considered for ODI World Cup selection, he said: “I don’t think like that, because the selection of the team is not my job. I had decided long back that I would not think about stuff that is not in my hand. I am honestly in a very good space in terms of life and my cricket and I try to keep negativity away from my thought process.”
The 36-year-old said that he generally doesn’t believe in keeping anything ‘unfinished’ but he does have the desire to see India winning the ODI World Cup again, even if he is not a part of the team.