As the eagerly awaited ODI World Cup 2023 approaches, India is on the cusp of finalizing its squad for the prestigious tournament. Cricket enthusiasts are on the edge of their seats, anticipating the unveiling of the players who will form the lineup aiming to break India’s ICC curse in major events. Notable names like Ravichandran Ashwin are among those eagerly waiting to discover if they’ve secured a spot in the squad. Ashwin’s impressive return to India’s T20I team has sparked discussions about a potential ODI return.
However, the seasoned all-rounder recently emphasized that he doesn’t allocate mental space to such thoughts, acknowledging that team selection is not within his realm of responsibility.
In an interview with the Times of India, Ravichandran Ashwin expressed his stance, saying, “I don’t think like that, because the selection of the team is not my job. I had decided long back that I would not think about stuff that is not in my hand. I am honestly in a very good space in terms of life and my cricket, and I try to keep negativity away from my thought process.”
Addressing his aspirations, Ravichandran Ashwin clarified that he doesn’t have any lingering unfinished business, but he does desire to witness India clinch the World Cup title. He addressed a prior comment in which he had contemplated retirement, clarifying that injury wasn’t the sole factor driving that thought.
“I think you are connecting two things. I did not consider retirement because of an injury. That was also probably one of the reasons, and I was not sure how I would recover from it because I am not an expert on my body,” Ravichandran Ashwin explained.
Acknowledging a phase of uncertainty around his career, Ashwin clarified his perspective, stating, “It is very easy to think negatively, and that was one phase where I was probably thinking I would not be able to come back from it. It was just a thought, and I just want to clarify that. But right now, I feel I am bowling and batting really well, and I have a lot of experience in my kitty. I am taking one day at a time.”