Ravichandran Ashwin believes limited overs exclusion a result of perception favouring wrist-spinners
India off-spinner R Ashwin dismissed perceptions of him being suited for red-ball cricket and reminded everyone that he is “no slouch with white ball”. Earlier, pacer Ishant Sharma had echoed similar thoughts and said that perceptions did affect his chances in ODIs. “I don’t know, it is a perception. I am no slouch. In the white ball format, my records are not bad like what it is perceived to be,” Ashwin said.
Recalling his last ODI game Ashwin said, “The last ODI I played, I got 3 for 28. I would always look back at my career and I would like to believe it’s not due to my efforts that I am sitting out (but) it is due to the supply and demand that the team requires.”
Expressing satisfaction with his performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy he said, “I went and played the Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20 tournament) and I had a decent outing. That’s 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.”