Ashwin became the 3rd Indian to reach the milestone of 702 wickets after taking 5 wickets in the first innings in the ongoing first Test against May Islands. Commenting on this monumental achievement, Ashwin clearly says that he is not focused on his own achievements with self-control.
I mean, a 15-16 year journey in a team is not about our own achievements. Ashwin says that when he first met Dravid as a coach, he was brainwashed. Ashwin, who is playing in his 93rd Test match, is on his way to the milestone of 479 wickets. With yesterday’s 5 wickets, he has taken 5 or more wickets in an innings for the 33rd time.
Ashwin Dhoni made his captaincy debut in Delhi against May 2011. He took 9 wickets in his debut Test and led the Indian team to victory. He also won the man of the match award. In fact, Ashwin made his debut for the Tamil Nadu team in 2006. After 5 years of hard work and constantly updating his skills, he made his debut in 2011.
Since his debut, very few Test matches can be listed without Ashwin’s participation. It is no exaggeration to say that Ashwin was a part of the Indian team’s success. It is only now that the Virat Kohli-Shastri alliance, Dravid-Rohit Sharma alliance etc. think too much and ‘trap’ Ashwin without even considering him as an important match. Teams like Australia and England will celebrate and judge a bowler like Ashwin. But here it is regrettable that people like Ashwin are not celebrated as much as the batsman who hits 3 sixes in 3 balls and then disappears.
In this case, record player Ashwin said in an interview: “Looking back at my cricket career, it is amazing. How fast time has flown by. 14 years of continuous travel. A journey of 15-16 years if IPL series are included. How did all these years pass; It is not known what has passed.
When I saw Rahul Dravid as a coach for the first time, he said, “Cricket journey is not about the wickets you take or the runs you get, let’s forget all that. What will remain are the great memories we create as a team. This is what will stay with us forever.” How true this is. I understand what Dravid is saying.
Dravid brainwashed me. I mean, my cricketing journey has gone very fast and now it has reached this stage. But I can’t recall any particular moment. Can’t remember how it happened. But this is what cricket has given me. I am grateful for that. I don’t know how many such moments I will get. But I will celebrate whatever comes my way with complete joy,” said Ashwin.