Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s leading wicket-taker in the recent WTC cycle, has spoken out about his omission from the playing XI for the WTC final against Australia.
Ashwin told ESPNcricinfo that he was “devastated” to be cut from the team and that the decision had a “huge” impact on him and his family.
“I was devastated,” said Ashwin. “I had worked extremely hard for the past two years, and being left out of the team was devastating.” It was difficult to deal with, but I needed to move on.”
Ashwin also discussed the trauma he and his family experienced following the WTC final. His father, who has heart problems, was “stressed” by the decision, and he had to call Ashwin every day to check on him.
“Ashwin’s Interview Offers Candid Look at Impact of WTC Final Omission”
“The toll it takes on my family is immense,” Ashwin explained. “My father has heart problems, and he was very concerned about the decision.” He calls me every day to see how I’m doing, and it’s difficult to see him like that.”
Ashwin stated that he tweeted following the WTC final because he needed “closure” to move on. He stated that he wanted to express his disappointment while also recognising the efforts of his teammates and the coaching staff.
“I posted a tweet because I needed closure,” Ashwin explained. “There was no point in staying. I wanted to express my disappointment while also thanking my teammates and the coaching staff for their efforts. They had put in a lot of effort, and I didn’t want to take anything away from them.”
Focused on the future
Ashwin stated that he is now focused on the future and is determined to assist India in winning the next WTC cycle. He stated that he is “hungry” to play Test cricket and believes that he can still make a significant impact at the highest level.
“I’m hungry to play Test cricket,” Ashwin stated. “I know I can still make a big impact at the highest level, and I’m determined to help India win the next WTC cycle.”
Ashwin’s interview is a candid look at how his absence from the WTC final affected him and his family. It also serves as a reminder of the high level of competition in Indian cricket, as well as the pressure on players to perform at the highest level.