R Ashwin Breaks Silence On Non-Consideration For ODI World Cup 2023
Ravichandran Ashwin made a stunning return to the shortest version of the game in the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Ashwin was included to India's T20 World Cup squad based on his performance in the Indian Premier League. While a comeback to the 50-over format cannot be completely ruled out, the off-spinner does not appear to be in the selectors' plans for the ODI World Cup this year.
When asked about his absence from the one-day format, particularly in relation to the World Cup, Ashwin stated that he had long ago determined not to give such thoughts any brain room.
When asked if not being considered for ODI World Cup selection bothers him, Ashwin replied, "I don't think like that, because team selection is not my job."
"I resolved a long time ago not to think about anything that was not in my hands." "I am in a very good place in terms of life and cricket, and I try to keep negativity out of my thought process," Ashwin added in an interview with the Times of India.
The 36-year-old stated that he does not believe in leaving any task 'unfinished,' but he does want to see India win the ODI World Cup again, even if he is not a member of the team.
"I live for the day, and I have no outstanding business." "But it's true that I'd like to see India win the World Cup again, even if I'm not playing," the legendary spinner remarked.
Ashwin was also questioned about an earlier interview in which he stated that he had considered retiring. The experienced spinner addressed that remark and provided an update on his present state of mind.
"I believe you're connecting two dots. Because of my injury, I did not consider retiring. That was undoubtedly one of the reasons, and I was unsure how I would recover because I am not an expert on my body. Then there was some uncertainty in my career, and I was just thinking that way.
It's extremely simple to think negatively, and I was probably thinking at the time that I wouldn't be able to recover. It was only a thought, and I wanted to clarify. But right now, I feel like I'm bowling and hitting extremely well, and I have a lot of experience. I'm taking things one day at a time.
"Being inside bubbles and playing continuous cricket for the past three years has been extremely demanding since Covid." But this is my genuine holiday, and I want to spend it at home, playing a bit more club and first-class cricket, and then getting ready for the next match. "It's the South Africa series in December," he declared.