Salaam Cricket 2018: I definitely want to play the World Cup 2019, says R Ashwin

first_imgTest specialist Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday said that he’s working towards making a return to international white-ball cricket as he wishes to play the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup.The senior off-spinner Ashwin has been out of Indian white-ball scheme of things for over a year. The senior off-spinner last played an ODI for India in June 2017 against West Indies, his last T20I was also against the same side in July 2017.The decision to omit Ashiwn and Ravindra Jadeja was taken by the Indian think tank after the 2017 Champions Trophy final loss vs Pakistan. As the finger spin duo struggled to pick wickets in the limited-overs format, India decided to try out wrist-spinners.Ashwin and Jadeja were replaced by Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and since then the pair has remained India’s first choice.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVESpeaking on the stage of Salaam Cricket 2018, Ashwin said he’s hopeful of making a return to India’s ODI side.”I didn’t do much wrong to be going out in the white-ball scheme of things. But I definitely believed that it was a zone where I needed to improve and achieve better things in terms of what I had,” said Ashwin.Also read – Pakistan great Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from Azharuddin”There is competition in terms of Chahal and Kuldeep who have done incredibly well in the last few months. Massive credit to them. But I do feel there will be a time for me at some stage. Because I didn’t go out on account of bad performances.”advertisementAshwin said just like other players he too wants to play in the World Cup.”I’m always hopeful of what I can achieve in any given game. Like most of the others I believe I can crack a game open with the way I bowl because I’m a very brave bowler. Keeping all these things in mind, World Cup is something which every cricketer wants to play and I do want to play it,” Ashwin said.Also read – Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”If there is an opportunity and a window and if it does come my way I will have to be extremely prepared and extremely humble about the whole situation to be able to take it with both hands. Which I think I find myself in that space today and if it presents itself and India needs it, then why not. I’m still hopeful of it,” added Ashwin.last_img

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