Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that he felt like he was “being killed from inside” when there were murmurs about him giving up in Sydney, so he decided to go back and die on the cricket field trying to win a match for the Indian team.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari fought their injuries and helped India to save the match against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground in 2021. Ashwin battled a back injury and an abdomen tear to bowl 24 overs in the first innings and 25 overs in the second inning and then he came out to bat for more than a session and made sure that the match ends in a draw.
During an interaction on the chat show “Backstage with Boria” Ashwin while talking about the Sydney heroics said that he would never back down from the challenge. He elaborated:
“After the Adelaide Test, I had an abdomen tear. In Sydney, I was bowling before the game, and I felt I cannot go on in a Test match if I had to bowl 100 overs. The question asked to me was can you bowl 50 overs in the first innings and 50 in the second innings. I said I can bowl beyond pain barriers because if there is one thing that I will never doubt about myself, is that I’ll never back down from a contest. I may die on the cricket field, but I will never back away from a contest.”
“In Sydney, when there were murmurs about how I gave up, it felt like I was being killed from inside. So the only thing I wanted to achieve in life was to make sure that I go back, die on the cricket field trying to win a game for India. If at all Ashwin is a cricketer today, it’s about the fight this dog has, not how much quality this dog has.”
Ravichandran Ashwin further talked about his training and said that he started training differently and he wanted to add some more power which was demanded by T20 cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin said:
“I started training differently between 2015-16. I wanted to add some power into it because T20 cricket was getting into this power domain sort of thing. I trained differently and what happened was, my body has limitations. My hip structure is not the same as someone else as I had hip injuries when I was younger and my hip just couldn’t function in the way that it does for somebody else.”
“For me to realise all these things, it takes time. I am a cricketer. Most of us are cricketers. We are not into sports science, we’re not into exercise science. When I started training differently, my body initially gave good results, but then it started giving up,” he added.
I Had Lost The Joy In 2018-19 Season In Australia – Ravichandran Ashwin
Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that he had lost the joy in cricket during the 2018-19 season and he had to work hard to bring back the joy to his life. He said:
“I had lost the joy in 2018-19 season in Australia, literally saying ‘what the hell are you doing continuing to this game?’ I didn’t feel like I was enjoying. There was no joy. And I have worked immensely hard, mentally and physically, to bring back the joy back to my life of playing the sport and I won’t give that up for any trade-off in life.”
Ravichandran Ashwin further added that he doesn’t know for how long he will play but he wants to go out there and enjoy every moment. He asserted:
“I am just eager to get out there and play if given an opportunity. A lot of talk and murmurs will happen about people playing, not playing. One thing I have learnt is that if given an opportunity, I’ll make sure I play and enjoy the sport, but I will keep everything aside. Whatever I have left, I can’t call it and say I’ll play for 2 years, 3, years, 1 year, six months, nothing is a guarantee. The pandemic has taught me more than enough and I just want to play as long as this body and mind are willing me to play on. Every single opportunity is a day for me to cherish.”
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