Ashwin: I am no slouch with the white ball

An off-break bowler, R. Ashwin continues to be overlooked from the Indian limited-overs teams, prompting him to try adding leg-spin bowling to his armoury.

Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin at the unveiling of cricket memorabilia in Mumbai on Saturday.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

It’s been a couple of years since Ravichandran Ashwin featured in India’s limited overs side, but on Saturday, he made it clear that he is ‘no slouch’ with white ball.

Ashwin has not played limited-overs cricket since the West Indies tour in 2017 as selectors and team management continue to persist with the wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

“I don’t know. It is a perception. I am not looking at it like that because I am no slouch. In the white-ball format, my records are not bad like what is perceived to be. It is out of perception that wrist spinners are required in the modern day one day cricket format that (is why) I am sitting out,” Ashwin said.

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He also gave a reminder of his performance for Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. “The last one day match that I played I got 3/28. I would always look back at my career and say it is not due to my effort that I am sitting out of the team, it is due to the supply and demand that the team requires,” he said.

“I went and played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali and I had a decent outing and that is how I look at it. I am playing cricket and it is not like I need to specialise in one particular format. It is the challenges of the modern day game, I will be looking forward to do whatever I can do best,” the seasoned spinner said.

In the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Ashwin grabbed seven wickets from six games.