Ravichandran Ashwin – India’s most successful spinner in the past decade has had to deal with a tough phase in his career. Between 2018-2020, Ashwin had at once considered his retirement after dealing with injury and unable to pick up for the side.
Ravi Shastri’s tenure has affected the career of the spinner to much extent. Ashwin has the fastest to reach 400 wickets even surpassing Muthiah Muralitharan’s numbers. Still, he was sidelined over youngsters on many occasions.
In the recent interaction, Ashwin recalls the period he has had through in his career but it was Dhoni who guided him over that phase.
“During 8-9 months I was nervous. I played every match. Athletic Pubalgia kind of feeling in the body. So if it was nerve moved here or there. Stiffness feels like it went,”
“I think my self-awareness is very high. And I think a lot. So it was even harder for me. If you get injured, and you’re coming back, it’ll still be in your head. But if you get injured and go through the kind of mental trauma I had to go through, it is even more difficult. And I think I’m extremely well placed for the experience. I’m very well placed to face the adversities of life, for which I’m grateful.”
Talking about Dhoni’s beliefs Ashwin has said it had helped him to move through such a phase.
“As a player, never thought about failure. Go out in the middle and fail to perform it’s okay. Like Dhoni narrates its process versus results. And I believe I have passed the process. Failed to perform in front of a crowd that’s okay to me. At least I have an opportunity where others are still waiting for representing the national side,” Ashwin highlighted
IND vs SA 2021 – India to play 3 test match series against South Africa
Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli and head coach Rahul Dravid, team India commenced the last test series of the year on December 26. Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the series and KL Rahul has been named as vice-captain.
While from hosts Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the series due to persistent injury concerns. Although Rassie van der Dussen considers South Africa as the favourite of the series due to home conditions and up there to challenge the best test side.