Ravichandran Ashwin wanted to retire after the series with Australia

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Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin has been in the spotlight after India’s dismal 209-run loss to Australia in the WTC Final due to his exclusion from the match.

Despite Ravichandran Ashwin being Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma’s best wicket-taker in the 2021–23 WTC cycle with 61 wickets, several commentators attacked their choice to keep him out.

In addition, Ashwin, 36, made a startling admission when he said that he thought about retiring after winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The off-spinner had a brilliant home series against the baggy green, and for his 25 wickets, he shared the Player of the Series title.

“So I went to Bangalore, I had to take an injection at that point in time, so, I changed my action. I started bowling and my knee pain went away. I practiced for three-four days in Nagpur and I went into the Test match without having played a game with that action at all. On the first day of the Test, I didn’t even feel like a bowler for three to four overs but I was able to get on with it because of the awareness I have.

“And I am proud of the Player of the Series award. I think that is probably one of the best series I have had and the best bowling performance for me in a series in the last four-five years. I have done a lot of good stuff in the last five years, but still, it felt like that. Looking back, I feel so proud of having done that at 36.”

“ If I can change my action and put my career at stake, I don’t think there can be a greater challenge in life. A lot of people tend to get insecure. They don’t want to do something else and fail. It is very easy for me to play another four tests with the same action, maybe pick up 15, or 16 wickets, and not feel good about myself,” the world no. 1 test bowler concluded.”

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