Ravichandran Ashwin was bought by Kings Eleven Punjab for IPL 2018 for a remuneration of Rs.7.6 cr. But this all-rounder expressed disappointment that he was not retained by his home franchise, Chennai Super Kings. This happened on the contrary to his belief that “he earned that space around Chepauk”.
Ashwin played for Pune Super Giants team for two years when the CSK and RR franchises were out of IPL due to spot-fixing allegations. He is representing the Tamil Nadu team for the current Vijay Hazare tournament.
He admitted that he was disappointed about that. Speaking about that, he said, “I was a tad disappointed because I have been here for the last ten years,”
Speaking about his game plan, this cricketer said, “Literally, I have owned that space around Chepauk. Every time I came on to bowl, the kind of roaring and cheering I got will always stick on to my head. Coming back there, to play against CSK, will probably motivate me more.”
Ashwin decided to leg spin in the current IPL season to add more elegance to his style and not to stick to one kind of action. ”This is part of my plan going into the IPL. I am just trying to build my armory. I used to bowl good leg-breaks with my off-spin action when I was playing league cricket in Chennai. Over a period of time, in a search to get my stock ball right, I obviously had to cut out a lot of those things. I had possessed a lot more variations. Having bowled off-break as the stock ball for almost 10 years, trying to change things around is challenging. But I don’t really settle for anything. At no point in my career, I thought ‘this is it’ and decided to settle for the rest of my career.”
Speaking about his working with Lakshmipathy Balaji on his bowling action, he explained about his straight-arm action. Maintaining consistency in the straight-arm bowling action is not a herculean task to him, say the experts.
Ashwin said, “As of now everything is cooked by me. I try to take feedback from our coaches in my academy. L Balaji has been of great help. First time I was bowling leg-spin, we were working on some actions on how to gain momentum. How I can make a repeatable action work for me. For example, my arm doesn’t go 45 degrees which is perfect for a leg-spinner. I am more upright. I have to adjust my action. It has been a painful ride. One day it will come out well in the nets, and the next day it won’t come out all right. It will be frustrating. I have gone through the entire journey and have reached a place where I can land the ball where I want to.”