The veteran Indian offspinner, Ravichandran Ashwin had expressed that Virat Kohl and his men led team would dominate the ongoing World Cup as Australia did in 2003 and 2007. India have posted impressive wins in both their World Cup matches so far, against South Africa and Australia.
During the launch of the ‘Ashwin Foundation’, the offspinner said, “India will go on to dominate this World Cup as Australia did in 2003 and 2007. Chahal and Kuldeep have been doing well for a while now. Chahal has performed well in the World Cup also.”
On offspinners not being preferred in the playing XI these days and according to Ashwin, the things will start changing soon.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer said, “I think off-spin is not very much (seen these days). The commodity in the game has changed. A lot of cricketers are right-handers and requirement of left-arm spinners are a lot more. But I think what goes comes around. The requirement of off-spinner in shortest format has become lesser but if you look at the IPL this year it was Harbhajan Singh and me…I did not necessarily bowl offspin, it is perception and it will change, if you give can yourself a chance.”
Ashwin also went on to say that he will be leaving for England on June 23 to play for county side Nottinghamshire in the second half of the season. He had turned out for Worcestershire last time. He also chose eight youngsters who would be provided scholarships and kits on behalf of the foundation run by him and his wife Prithi.
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The veteran offspinner further added, “As a young cricketer I always felt infrastructure and coaching standards could be better and now I’m in a position to help impart state of the art coaching methodologies to kids who have the required skill sets but don’t have the financial aid to continue their dream of playing cricket.”
Ashwin’s foundation would also aim to create awareness off eye donation and the right to vote and safe driving among trainees among the Gen-Next Institute.