It has been a long wait of four years for Ravichandran Ashwin as he last played a T20 international way back in 2017. The 34-year-old spinner has always been keen on playing all formats of the game, and his selection in the T20 World Cup squad shows his determination and hunger to play for the country.
The selection also indicates that there is a downward trend of wrist spin at the moment in Virat Kohli’s era as captain. King Kohli wants more experience in the spin department compared to other wrist spinners like Kuldeep Yadav.
It is a comeback of all sorts for the spinner into the shortest format of the game. What better way than getting selected in a packed-up T20 World Cup schedule!
Expressing his happiness on his Twitter handle, Ashwin tweeted an old quote that he had repeatedly written in his diary to motivate himself. . “Every tunnel has a light at the end of it, but only those in the tunnel who believe in the light will live to see it.”
He added, “I wrote this quote down a million times in my diary, before putting this up on the wall! Quotes that we read and admire have more power when we internalize them and apply them in life.”
Well said, sir!
In cricket, you can’t keep a champion player out of the field for long. After being snubbed in the shorter format of the game, Ashwin had been re-inventing and modifying his game according to the needs of modern-day cricket. As they say, form is temporary but class is permanent! His hard work has paid rich dividends and has enabled him to make a comeback into the Indian T20 World Cup squad.
It isn’t easy on anyone when you’re not the priority of the Captain and part of his plans. Over the years, Kohli has preferred Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the shorter format of the game. But things did take a turn for the Ashwin comeback in T20.
Ashwin offers a lot more than spinning the ball and taking wickets. He is a decent lower middle-order batsman and could be instrumental in India lifting the T20 trophy again after 2007.
The good news is that Ashwin is back in the T20 team. But he faces competition from the likes of spinners like Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar for a place in the playing eleven. It would be interesting to see how Captain Kohli uses Ashwin to the max with two other spinners in the wings.
It would be a fairy-tale comeback for Ravichandran Ashwin to make a mark in the tournament by bamboozling the likes of Steven Smith, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson. It would also be a delight for Indian cricket fans!