The Indian talisman spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, has had a bad time in the recent past. It was eliminated from the white ball format after the Champions Trophy 2017. In addition, it also stayed out of the Test side when India had recently toured the West Indies. The off-spinner has entered and left the team and injuries have also hindered his game.

The 33-year-old, who has been playing only one format for India since July 2017, last played the Adelaide Test from December 6 to 10, the first of four on the Australian tour.

Ravichandran Ashwin, playing his first test game since December last year, says he missed playing for India in the last 10 months, so much so that the cunning spin-off stopped watching the game.

The 33-year-old, who has been playing only one format for India since July 2017, last played the Adelaide Test from December 6 to 10, the first of four on the Australian tour.

To his disappointment, Ashwin did not participate in the eleven games of the next series of tests against the West Indies in August-September, when India only played a spinner in Ravindra Jadeja.

“Staying away from cricket itself was very difficult for me. To replace it, I played the games I got. I tried and had the opportunity to go play county cricket (for Nottinghamshire). I tried and played the TNPL as much as I could, I played to league cricket in Chennai, “he said.

“My life has revolved around cricket for the past 25 years. I thought that my life, my family, all deserved a little more of my time, so I tried to spend time out of the game. I discovered other interests (read books on archeology was one of them.) I didn’t worry too much about the game. ”

“It was very important to dial those numbers because that is essentially where I come from. Going back and playing there is probably the best thing that could have happened,” said Ashwin, who when asked about time outside national duty.

After claiming his twenty-seventh five wicket ride in the tests on Friday, Ashwin showed that he was still going to Indian roulette in home conditions.

When asked how he spent his time outside the spotlight, Ashwin said: “I felt that every time I watched the game on television I wanted to play.” I was losing myself, I felt it was very natural. I just wanted to play. Everyone passes it. But that is not the end. I tried different things in my life.

Fitness problems had put him aside on the tour of Australia.

When asked how he dealt with it, Ashwin said: “In terms of addressing the injuries and why it happened, it is better for the medical staff to do it. Suddenly, I felt that I was not playing all the game formats.

“I was playing 12 months a year and an increase in the workload would probably have caused it. That’s why I went back and played where I had the opportunity and from my side I can check those boxes and see how my body copes.” “, said.

Ashwin enjoyed his season in the county of England, where he even fired South African starter Dean Elgar, who beat him here on Friday. The officer said that not playing regular cricket for India also made him realize how much he loves bowling.

“I am elated to be back. There is nothing like picking up a five wicket tour for your country. This place is very special for me, but I also enjoyed a five wicket tour for Nottingham. One is not too small than the other. “Said Ashwin.

“It’s a proper test pitch. You expect two teams to beat well, right? I thought they hit really well. Every time the ball spun, it spun from distant distances, not from normal length.”

“For me it’s about playing the game and I’ve realized that the joy of the game has to be back in my heart. I made sure to enjoy the game wherever I go and play. To some extent I thought it was quite visible when I played yesterday. ”

Speaking about South Africa’s counterattack in the first Test in progress, Ashwin said that Elgar and Quinton de Kock deserve all the credit for playing as they did.

“We could have given them too many races in the morning session, which probably gave them the momentum. A good team is expected to play the way they did. Therefore, credit should be given where it is needed,” he said.

Ashwin has taken five wickets and has awarded 128 races. The off-spinner has landed his deliveries in the uncertainty corridor and would like to quickly finish South African entries on day 4.


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