Veteran India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is widely regarded as one of the brilliant minds in the game of cricket. He is very vocal about his opinions regarding the game of cricket. He is known for his outspoken nature and is often praised for the way he never shies away from sharing his insights on controversial topics related to the game.
Ravichandran Ashwin On The Dark Side Of Friendship In Cricket
Recently, in an interview, Ashwin shed light on the current team culture in cricket. Ashwin said that there was a time when the teammates used to be friends but times have changed and they are just colleagues.
Ashwin was asked whether he talks to the players in the Indian team to get some help regarding cricket to which the veteran spinner gave an honest opinion. He said:
“It is a deep topic. This is an era where everybody is a colleague. Once upon a time when cricket was played, all your teammates were friends. Now, they’re colleagues. There’s a big difference because here people are there to advance themselves and to stride ahead of another person sitting to your right or left. So nobody’s got the time to say, ‘okay, boss what are you upto’?”
Ashwin admitted that though the cricketing journey is isolated but he said that it will be better if players started sharing things with each other and understands the other person’s journey. He added:
“In fact, I believe cricket gets better when you share it. It gets better when you when you understand another person’s technique and another person’s journey. But it doesn’t happen anywhere close to how much it must happen. Nobody will come for your help. It’s an isolated journey”
However, Ashwin said that the doors to take advice from a professional are always open and that one can easily pay and get help. He said:
“Of course, you can reach any professional you want to, tap into some coach, you can pay and go, practice, try to feed of them and all that. But sometimes we forget that cricket is a very self-taught sport,”
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin was recently benched during the all-important World Test Championship 2023 Final against Australia. His exclusion started a debate in the cricketing world, with several cricketers and experts giving their take on the same.
The off-spinner is currently playing Tamil Nadu Premier League After returning from London.