Ravichandran Ashwin is currently at the peak of his powers as he continues to win matches for India in Test cricket. In recent time, Ashwin has contributed with both bat and ball in crucial stages for his side. During the third Test match against England, Ashwin reached the magical mark of 400 Test wickets which has now put him in an elite category.
Ashwin is undoubtedly a student of the game who always looks to improve and be a match-winner for his side. Recently, Ashwin revealed that he accidentally became a cricketer and initially never thought that he would represent India in international cricketer.
The game is giving me back- Ravichandran Ashwin
The legendary spinner added that he made a transition from a die-hard cricket fan to a professional cricketer. Ashwin added that he feels extremely lucky to play for team India and is living his dream. Ashwin pointed out that even when he was performing exceedingly well in the IPL he still never thought about playing cricket at the highest level.
“I accidentally became a cricketer. I am a cricket lover who actually went on to become a cricketer. I am living my dream here. I never imagined I will wear the Indian jersey and play. For someone who loves the game so much, what better it can be to come and play the game,” he said. “Every time I finish playing a game and if I get that winning result for the team, I just feel like I have been given a blessing”, Ashwin said.
“The COVID-19 (pandemic) times made me feel how lucky I am to actually play for India. Even when I came back from the IPL, I never thought I will play in Australia. That is why I said everything has been a gift, for the love with which I play, I think the game is giving me back”, Ashwin told India fielding coach R Sridhar in a video posted on BCCI’s website.
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin is finally getting his due now and being tagged as a ‘Legend’ of India cricket after his incredible performances in Tests in the last decade. Even captain Virat Kohli after winning the third Test admitted that Ashwin should be given more credit for the contributions has made towards Indian cricket.