ODI World Cup 2023: India’s best player, Ravichandran Ashwin, is known for saying what he thinks. Time and time again, the spinner hasn’t been afraid to say what he thinks about anything. And he recently shocked fans with what he said about the Indian team at the moment. Ravichandran Ashwin has been playing for Team India for more than a decade. He said that the present Indian players are more “colleagues than friends.” He said that cricket players used to think of each other as friends, but that now they try to get ahead of the rest and act like coworkers.
“This is a time when everyone works together. Once upon a time, when you played cricket, everyone on your team was your friend. Now, they work together. There is a big difference between the two because here people are there to move up and get ahead of the person sitting to their right or left. So no one has time to say, “All right, boss, what are you doing?” Indian Express quotes what Ravichandran Ashwin said.
Fans looked at him funny after he said that, thinking that maybe something was wrong in the Indian dressing room. Ravichandran Ashwin has chosen to explain what he meant by his statement because people in the cricket world took it to mean different things.
Ravichandran Ashwin Statement in an Interview
Ravichandran Ashwin has said that there are some differences between what he said and what people think he meant when he said, “Everyone is a colleague.” The Tamil Nadu star went on to talk about why it’s hard for Indian players to think of each other as friends instead of coworkers.
“What I said and what people are understanding are completely different. What I meant was that earlier, because the tours used to be long, there was more scope for friendship. But these days we are constantly playing — different formats, different teams.
“One thing I have always believed is that when you are playing for different teams, it is very difficult to be friends. You have to keep that competitive spirit burning to be able to compete,” Ravichandran Ashwin told The Times of India in an interview.
Ravichandran Ashwin continued by saying that playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is another big reason why the players can’t make close friends. He said that since the players are on so many teams, it’s hard for them to become good friends. Ravichandran Ashwin has also said that he doesn’t see anything bad about the situation right now.
“When you play IPL, for three months your (international) teammates end up becoming your opposition. When you play so much for different teams, I am not saying friendship doesn’t happen, but it is very difficult. But then again, that is the way of the world — the changing landscape — and I don’t think there is anything negative about it,” he explained.
Ravichandran Ashwin was last seen in action in West Indies, where there was a Test match. The off-spinner is not on the ODI or T20I teams right now, but he is expected to play for India again when they go to South Africa for a two-Test series at the end of the year.
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R Ashwin Breaks Silence on Non-Consideration For World Cup 2023
Ravichandran Ashwin returned to the smallest form of the game in a big way at the T20 World Cup in 2022. Ashwin got a spot on India’s T20 World Cup team thanks to how well he played in the Indian Premier League. Even though a return to the 50-over version isn’t impossible, it doesn’t look like the off-spinner is in the plans for this year’s ODI World Cup. When asked why he didn’t play in the one-day format, especially in light of the World Cup, Ashwin said he had chosen a long time ago not to let such thoughts enter his mind.
When asked if it bothers him that he isn’t being considered for the ODI World Cup team, Ashwin said, “I don’t think that way because it’s not my job to choose the team.”
“I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t think about things I couldn’t change. Ashwin also said in an interview with the Times of India, “I am honestly in a very good place in life and in cricket, and I try to keep negative thoughts out of my mind.” The 36-year-old said that he doesn’t like to leave things “unfinished,” but he wants India to win the ODI World Cup again, even if he isn’t on the team. “I live day by day, and I have nothing left to do. But it’s true that I would love for India to win the World Cup again, even if I wasn’t playing,” said the famous spinner.
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