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Ashwin recalls IPL reality check, says learnt harsh lessons in 2010


NEW DELHI: Two unhealthy games within the Indian Premier League (IPL) was all that it took for premier Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to understand that bowling in T20s was no longer as easy as he assumed it to be, the reality hitting him like a "hard slap" a decade again.

During a podcast with cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar for 'ESPNCricinfo', Ashwin spoke about how the 2010 IPL with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) affected him, the challenges of bowling in antagonistic prerequisites of Australia and England, and why spin twin Ravindra Jadeja is a "natural athlete".

Ashwin recalled the 2010 IPL when he was dropped from the CSK squad after two unhealthy games, which was like a "hard slap", more so because he felt that trainer Stephen Fleming "didn't talk to him" and he was no longer sponsored sufficient.

"People idea that I believe extremely of myself however knocking down of the curve came about after I played within the IPL. It was like a slap within the face, like 'pay attention boss you don't seem to be even here'.

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"I thought bowling in a T20 recreation was a lot more uncomplicated than bowling in a first class recreation," Ashwin recalled.

It was a recreation towards Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru where Robin Uthappa and Mark Boucher took him to the cleaners.

"Robin Uthappa and Mark Boucher taught me harsh courses as I bowled 14th, 16th, 18th and 20th over at RCB. That early life in me by no means told me that it was a problem. I found it as a chance to pick out wickets.

"I didn't get wickets but went for 40 or 45 runs and put my team into a hole as the next game went into Super Over and we lost it. I was dropped from the squad. It felt like a hard slap," the Tamil Nadu tweaker stated.

Those have been the times when IPL franchises, all over home games, would liberate gamers who don't seem to be in first 18 in order to save hotel cost. Ashwin was again home watching CSK games on TV.

"I was dropped, I vacated the hotel and was sitting at home. I thought that I deserved better as I was in the 30 probables for the 2010 World T20 in West Indies (he didn't make it to that tour)," he stated.

"I thought like, 'why didn't you (CSK) back me?' I did exceedingly well in first three games and I just had two bad games. Anybody can be hit for a couple of games."

He admitted having issues with Fleming who, he idea, had let him down.

"Actually, I had an issue with Stephen Fleming that he didn't have a chat. I valued him so much and he didn't have a chat. So I was sitting at home watching CSK games and making promises in my head that one day I will turn the tide," Ashwin stated.

He has come a long way since then. The 33-year-old Ashwin has picked 365 wickets from 71 Tests, however his performance in SENA international locations (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) hasn't matched the lofty requirements that he has set at home.

"Increasingly, (with) the number of games I've played in England, I've started realising that for a spinner to be bowling in alien conditions and to be able to repeat similar numbers (as at home), you need to be bowling in all the possible right times of the game, first," Ashwin stated.

"And, secondly, you do need a little bit of luck. After 2014 (December 2013) when I had that South Africa game, I've taken a very serious look at my numbers and those numbers have significantly increased very, very well."

"For me to able to deliver on a consistent basis abroad, there are a lot of factors beyond just me that need to go into it."

The present Indian staff is through a ways the fittest throughout generations and when Manjrekar requested how he is just a little other from the chiselled modern day gamers, Ashwin in comparison himself to Jadeja to provide an explanation for the adaptation.

"...let me tell you, even if I train twice a day and then have a cheat meal, it will show on weighing scale by 800 gm," Ashwin stated.

But any individual like Jadeja is a natural and does not want to put that additional effort to be have compatibility, unlike him, according to Ashwin.


"Certain individuals are blessed in a definite approach and I love to take my comparison with that of Ravindra Jadeja. He is a blessed cricketer, who is totally bodily have compatibility.


"The harder I train, more rudimentary I turn into to stay even with regards to where Jadeja is. Whereas Jadeja is a natural cricketer, natural bowler, natural batsman. So he simply needs to tick all of the containers all over a recreation."


Ashwin stated to attain Jadeja's degree of natural fitness, he needs to paintings two months prior to a series.


"...that's why I want to assume more whilst having a box and taking duty for it. Jaddu does not even want to assume as he'll ready to land 30 overs on spot because of his physical fitness," he stated.


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