Called a modern day legend by his captain Virat Kohli, ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin says he’s really an unintentional cricketer, who resides a dream with over 400 Test wickets underneath his belt. Ashwin reached the milestone within the day-night third Test in opposition to England, which ended on Thursday with India profitable by 10 wickets inside two days. Ashwin picked up 7 within the match to take his total tally to 401. “I accidentally became a cricketer. I am actually a cricket lover who went on to become a cricketer. I am living my dream here, I never imagined that I will wear the Indian jersey one day and I will play,” Ashwin instructed bcci.television in an interview however didn’t elaborate on the comment.
According to Ashwin, being within the COVID-19 lockdown made him realise simply how fortunate he was to play for India. “And every time I finish playing a game and if I give that winning result for the team, I just feel I am being given a blessing, but the COVID times made me feel how lucky I am to actually play for India.
“Even after I got here again after the IPL, I by no means thought I’ll play in Australia, so that’s what I mentioned, every part has been a present, for the love with which I play the sport, the sport is giving me again sufficient and extra laurels,” he added.
Ashwin, who also became the second fastest bowler to reach the 400 Test wicket-mark after Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, said that he watched a lot of old videos of great individual performances in the lock-down helped improve his understanding of the game.
“I used to look at plenty of footage even earlier than, however the understanding of the sport has gone one notch greater…in the course of the lockdown, I used to be watching plenty of cricket from the previous, particularly Sachin’s hundred in Chepauk, all kind of stuff on Youtube,” recalled the 34-year-old Chennai-born participant.
Jofra Archer became Ashwin’s 400th wicket during the second day of the third Test here, which India won by 10 wickets and he said it was only when the batsman had opted for DRS, he realised that he had reached the landmark.
“Initial feeling is sort of empty to be trustworthy, as a result of we have been underneath immense stress…for me I used to be really within the second, solely after he (Archer) had taken the DRS, I realised the 400th that occurred,” he said. “…after they flashed 400 Test wickets on the board, all the stadium was up, all people was clapping, I do not know, I can’t put a finger and say how I really feel about it, the final three months have been an entire fairy-tale,” he added.
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