I knew the Rajasthan Royals would pick me in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Ravi Ashwin has joined his new franchise, the Rajasthan Royals, and is eager to get started.
Ravichandran Ashwin has joined his new franchise, Rajasthan Royals. Following a successful Test series against Sri Lanka, and is excited for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. With 12 wickets at an average of only 15.08, the off-spinner was instrumental in the Indian team securing another home-series victory. During the series, he also surpassed India’s World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev to become the country’s second highest wicket-taker and the eighth highest overall in Test cricket history, with 442 scalps.
“The numbers are great, and it’s really humbling to see what I’ve been able to do in terms of the numbers. Ashwin said of the incredible feat. The more I played, the more it seemed like the numbers were part of the journey rather than the destination. The feeling has been great in the last 2-3 years, especially with series wins in Australia and a return to the T20 team; it almost feels like how I felt when I first broke into the team, where a lot has been going on for me.”
“The IPL is a tough tournament, there are a lot of variables leading up to every season that can have an impact,” the Tamil Nadu spinner said of the IPL and what it means for him. Dew, pitches, the opposition, you name it, and there’s a variable that can impact a game in different ways – which makes it difficult to plan ahead of time, and you have to be ready at all times.”
Ravi Ashwin: Rajasthan Royals are a team that immediately resonates
“However, going into an IPL season is always exciting for me.” “The IPL provides a window of experimentation, which has enabled me to come out a richer cricketer every time I’ve been a part of it, regardless of the results,” he added.
With the Royals becoming his fifth IPL franchise, the 35-year-old also discussed the auction pick and the Rajasthan-based franchise. I’ve known a lot of people here for a long time, people with whom I talk a lot about cricket, so yes, there is that link.
“As soon as I saw the Rajasthan Royals bid for me, I knew they’d take me.”
“The Royals are a team that instantly resonates with me.” They’ve been a different team for me – always ahead of their time in terms of planning and approach. They’re very bold and experimental in their approach to cricket, which is also how I see my game, so it should be a good synchronization and I’m looking forward to it,” the 2011 World Cup winner explained.
As one of the most experienced and senior players in the squad, Ashwin shed some light on his potential role in the squad, saying, “I feel contribution to a team is far beyond just contributing on the field.” I’ve always been a person who enjoys talking about cricket and has been very open to discussing the sport with anyone. With my experience and communication skills, I’ll try to talk to anyone who wants to talk and help to the best of my ability, hopefully making a difference to the squad from within.”
In closing, the Indian veteran said of his captain at the franchise, Sanju Samson, “I think Sanju has an amazing attitude and a good head on his shoulders.” He’s always open to discussion and opinions about the game, which is a great quality to have. I believe Sanju has the vantage point as a wicketkeeper to judge the game with all of the angles, the pitch, and how things will play out. He also has time on his side and will undoubtedly improve. “I’m hoping he has one blockbuster of a year.”