Ravichandran Ashwin: It is a matter of great pride

Ravichandran Ashwin told Sportstar that it was extremely special on being named the International Cricket Council's Cricketer of the Year and the Test Cricketer of the Year.

Ravichandran Ashwin... ICC Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year.   -  K. Pichumani

“It’s a bit overwhelming and it is yet to sink in completely. At the same time I was expecting to land one but to end up with two awards was extremely special. To be bracketed alongside Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar is indeed a matter of great pride.

"I want to dedicate this award to my family who have been a pillar of strength. And not to forget all my teammates and coach Anil Kumble who pushed me to give my best with their support and guidance."

"It's a great feeling," the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy winner told the BCCI website.

"I never went after this particular achievement or award. It's not something on the top of your head. But I'm extremely humbled. Because [former Indian winners] Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, they're no ordinary people.

"They're stalwarts of the game. They were two people instrumental in me pursuing my career in cricket. I could so easily have gone on to become an engineer but they motivated me to take up the sport."

Asked what the catalyst was for his dominant calendar year, Ashwin added: "That one particular moment in Adelaide when I was left out of the Test match in 2015. I thought I was going to start that series."

Performance I enjoyed most: 7 wickets in Antigua.

Most satisfying moment: Century against West Indies in St. Lucia.

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