India’s premium off-spinner R Ashwin opened up on talks regarding his return to India’s limited-overs squad, saying that questions on his white-ball cricket dreams are laughable because he is at peace with himself.
Ashwin last played a limited-overs game for India in July 2017, following which he and Ravindra Jadeja were overlooked for the shorter formats with wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Chahal replacing the finger-spinners. Jadeja was able to make a comeback but Ashwin hasn’t.
Notably, India skipper Virat Kohli said that India can’t fit both Ashwin and Washington in the squad with both offering comparatively similar skills-sets,
“A lot of times people tell these lines on leadership forums that ‘you need to compete with yourself. But I have definitely found the balance and learned in life about how I must be competing with myself and be at complete peace when I am doing that. Because when some of these questions are asked about my ODI return, T20I return, white-ball dreams and all these things, I find those questions are really laughable because I am totally at peace and extremely happy with the life I am leading right now,” R Ashwin told India Today’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai in an exclusive interview.
“That given an opportunity anywhere, I would make a game-breaking performance which I am almost certain about because of the space I find myself in. What questions people have to ask, what opinions people have, I am not worried about at all. As of now, every single game I play out there in the park, I want to leave a smile on my face and everybody else’s,” Ashwin said.