R Ashwin: Want to represent India in 2019 World Cup

"Like any other cricketer, I want to wear the blue jersey and represent India at the World Cup. That’s obviously there deep within," said Ashwin.

Dindigul Dragons captain R Ashwin along with his team-mates during the jersey launch in Chennai.   -  PTI

Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said on Wednesday that he wants to wear the blue jersey at the 2019 World Cup but insisted that selection is not in his hands.

“It entirely depends on what other people (team management and selectors) perceive of my cricket. It’s (selection) definitely not in my control,” Ashwin said during the jersey launch of his Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) team Dindigul Dragons.

After a sloppy last season where they finished sixth on the table Dindigul is looking forward to bounce back this year with renewed vigour.

At the launch event, captain Ashwin said he had personally handpicked the team for this edition of the tournament.

“We have added more firepower into the lineup. The new jersey in yellow and blue also synchronises with the cricket-loving city,” he said.

Speaking about the upcoming England series, Ashwin said,"Adapting to the conditions would be tricky but India has time. We have been to England quite often and playing white ball cricket would give us just enough hands-on before we head onto the Test Series.

"India has a pretty good team now and has its own strengths. So it is just not us who need to worry about playing England in their backyard." 

When asked if he would continue to bowl leg-spin during the England Tests, Ashwin remarked, “Whatever I do on the field is not planned. It is all logical and not at all experimentation. And captaincy makes you a learner. You get to learn new things and execute them every day. The last year county stint (with Worcestershire) would also help."

According to Ashwin, the IPL and TNPL have completely different dynamics.

"There (in the IPL) you captain superstars, here you are more like a mentor," he signed off.

TNPL starts on July 11 in Tirunelveli where Dindigul Dragons will be taking on Ruby Trichy Warriors.

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