I really hope there are no more leagues than international cricket after the pandemic: Ravichandran Ashwin
NEW DELHI: India's leading off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin does not want a post-COVID-19 world that is more conducive to organizing the T20 leagues at the expense of the international Cricket .
The fastest Indian to reach 350 test positions, said the wise spinner on Saturday who sees another purple patch for him in the traditional format, provided his body endures. He also openly rejected the four-day proposal.
"I really do hope that this (pandemic) does not transpire into something where you have more leagues and not much of international Cricket because the borders are closed," Ashwin said during a videocast with former India Cricket er Sanjay Manjrekar at ESPNcricinfo.
With the COVID-19 pandemic yet to subside, Ashwin doesn't see Cricket resuming anytime soon.
"I think we are still some distance away. In terms of the health of world Cricket I think it is going to take longer than what people might assume.
So that's an imminent possibility, but I don't know what the future holds for us.
He calls himself a "hardened" T20 Cricket er but it is the five-day format in which he has tasted maximum success. And he is far from being done in the game's long form.
"If my body is in great space, I think Test Cricket I just have another streak of great purple patch I am looking at."
"I believe I am a hardened professional in T20 Cricket , and good at what I do. Wherever I play I will be able to deliver, with the experience that I have got and the courage that I have."
He said the ICC's plans to trim Test Cricket by a day doesn't excite him.
"The thought of four-day Cricket doesn't really excite me. I am a spinner and if you take a day out, I dont know if it's going to be healthy, you are taking out a very fascinating aspect of the game," Ashwin said.
Asked about Indian Cricket , he said, "The current state of Indian Cricket is as healthy as it can be. Hope we can pick it up from where we had left once sport resumes."
Ashwin also spoke about his love for operating with the new ball and explained the mechanics involved.
I like a new ball because of the fizz I have. One of my strengths is being able to accelerate the ball hard as it responds better to the shot.
But in general I like to use the arm ball in the first 2 or 3 overs because when you use the arm ball, it challenges the edges of the batter and forces him to cross the line, which becomes risky.
The spinning ace that has often been seen with the new ball in all formats added: The others I use are the swinging floats, the one that launches and exits or the other that lands in the seam and goes to the reverse. Then these balls become very effective.
With a new ball, I use my middle finger more than my index finger, but when I play with an older ball, I try to outdo myself.
Sometimes I don't use my index finger to go over it, it's behind and I still put the revs and that's when the ball actually goes the other way.
He shared his views on the need to be versatile in the T20 format, where bowlers have little margin for error, and on finger and wrist spinners.
"In a T20 Cricket , you need to call yourself a bowler. At times you should be able to bowl a bouncer or a spinner.
The twist of the wrist is successful not because it challenges both edges of the bat, but because of its unpredictable nature when bowling. And this makes the twist of the wrist extremely relevant.