Ashwin looking to learn from Varun Chakravarthy: The seasoned spinner is looking forward to play alongside the latest sensation.
Senior India off-spinner and Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin has set aside reports of him looking to make a comeback into India’s limited-over formats on the basis of sound performance in IPL 2019.
Not that he doesn’t want to represent India across formats, it’s more of a case of him not being bothered about selection. In a recent interview with Sportstar, Ashwin laid emphasis on the same bettering as a cricketer every day.
“I am not bothered about it [selection]. It is important to get better as a cricketer every day. I am getting better, and I am working on what I need to. I am not worried about anything else,” Ashwin was quoted as saying.
Confident Ashwin hails Punjab’s spin division
Ashwin, who had last played for India in limited-overs during the tour of West Indies in 2017, also expressed his excitement regarding Kings XI signing a couple of new spinners in uncapped Varun Chakravarthy (INR 8.4 crore) and Murugan Ashwin (INR 20 lakh).
“I am very excited with the fact that there are a couple of good spinners in my team. I am quite excited to have them. I have seen M. Ashwin very closely, he also plays in my league side in TNCA. I know Varun did well in the TNPL [Tamil Nadu Premier League],” Ashwin said.
With Punjab also having Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman in their squad, they now have four quality specialist spinners. Talking of Punjab’s depth in the spin department, Ashwin spoke of learning “a few things” from Chakravarthy.
“It [their selection] covers one facet of the department concerning spin. It is something I can watch closely and mentor. I am looking forward to learning a few things from Varun,” Ashwin added. For someone with 542 international wickets under his belt saying this about an uncapped players speaks highly about the potential which Chakravarthy brings with him.
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