Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, after being rested from the limited overs series in Sri Lanka, made his way to England to participate in the County Championship. He made a terrific start playing for Worcestershire as he bagged 8 wickets in the match and scored useful runs batting at No.6 to give his side a victory against Gloucestershire.
Ashwin talked about playing in the English conditions and he mentioned that he is there to experience the journey and not so much for the performance. He also said that he is trying his best to contribute to his side winning overseas more.
“These sort of experiences don’t come at a cheap cost, you will have to go through it and you will have to enjoy the ride and that is what I am here for not so much really the performance. For me, it’s only about the ride and if I can take something back, learn and implement, that’s all I can ask for,” he said in a chat with BBC.co.uk.
“I’ve not played a great deal in England, to be able to say what are the challenges I have been facing or I might face, but one thing is for sure coming over and playing a Test series abroad is not easy you will have to give it a lot more. In order to win those Test series’, everybody from our team needs to put their hand up and be counted for. I am just putting in my bit so that I can offer the best to the team,” the 30-year-old added.
The No.3 Test bowler came across a tricky question of naming the best all-rounder in the world currently to which the Indian offie had a wise answer.
“I think asking a contemporary cricketer is not the right idea. I believe both of them are fantastic cricketers especially in an era where a fast bowling all-rounder is pretty rare Ben Stokes has definitely taken the world by storm,” Ravichandran Ashwin concluded.