R Ashwin: Numbers are a part of the journey, not the end goal.
Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, has remarked that he has never chased numbers in his career and views personal achievements as “simply part of the journey, not the final goal.”
After surpassing legendary Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 wickets in the last Test series against Sri Lanka, Ashwin became India’s second most wicket-taker in Test matches with 12 wickets at an average of 15.08.
With 442 scalps, he became the eighth most wicket-taker in Test cricket history.
“The numbers are fantastic, and it’s truly inspiring to see what I’ve accomplished in terms of numbers.” In a statement, Ashwin said, “The more I played, the more it felt like the numbers were a part of the journey, not the destination.”
“The vibe has been wonderful in the last 2-3 years, with series wins in Australia and a return to the T20 team, it almost feels like how I felt when I first broke into the team, where there was a lot going on for me.”
The 35-year-old spinner, who has been signed by Rajasthan Royals for his fifth franchise in the IPL, claimed the lucrative T20 league has helped him evolve into a stronger bowler from the start.
“The IPL is a difficult event; there are numerous elements that might influence the outcome of each season.” “You name it, there’s a variable that can effect a game in numerous ways – which makes it difficult to prepare for things in advance and you have to be ready at all times,” Ashwin said in a statement released by RR.
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“However, heading into an IPL season is always thrilling for me personally.” The IPL provides a window of opportunity for experimentation; which has allowed me to emerge a richer player, regardless of the outcome; every time I’ve been a part of it.”
Ashwin, being one of the most seasoned players, offered some light on his possible role in the RR.
“I believe that contributing to a team entails much more than merely helping on the ground. I’ve always enjoyed talking about cricket; and have always been willing to engage in debate with anyone interested in the sport.
“With my encounter and communication aptitudes, I’ll endeavor to conversation; to everyone who needs to conversation and also offer assistance to the most excellent of my capacity; ideally make a contrast inside the squad,” he stated. Sanju Samson, the RR captain, was too lauded by the 2011 World Cup-winning team. “I accept Sanju incorporates a extraordinary demeanor and a solid head on his shoulders. He’s always up for a talk about and hearing other people’s points of view; on the diversion, which could be a awesome trait to have.