Ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has expressed his ardent wish to play for the national side in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales next summer. Also Read - Brisbane Test | Washington Sundar Controlled Tempo of Game And Fill Ravichandran Ashwin's Shoes Well: Andrew McDonald
Ashwin, who has played 111 ODIs, hasn’t featured in the one-day format for India since their clash with the West Indies in June last year. However, the star finger spinner has been ruthless in the longer version of the game and has so far scalped 316 wickets in the 58 matches he has played for the country. Also Read - India's Predicted XI For 4th Test: A Look at How The Tourists Could Line up At The Gabba After Delaying Announcement
“It entirely depends on what other people (team management and selectors) perceive of my cricket,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Ashwin as saying at an event. Also Read - Muttiah Muralitharan Thinks Ravichandran Ashwin Can Take 800 Test Wickets But Nathan Lyon Not Good Enough to Match Record
“It’s definitely not in my control. Like any other cricketer, I want to wear the blue jersey and represent India at the World Cup. That’s obviously there deep within,” he added.
The off-spinner has played two ODI World Cups where he has taken 17 wickets.
Ashwin, now 31 years old, insists that all he is doing at present is focusing on enjoying his cricket. “If I land an opportunity, I want to be in [a] good frame of mind to grab it with both hands,” he added.
India are currently in England for a long-three month tour where they would be playing three T20Is, three ODIs and five Test matches. And Ashwin has not been included in the ODI squad named to face England on their soil.