'I didn't know if I would go on to play Tests,' says R Ashwin after 1st India vs New Zealand Test match

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Nov 30, 2021, 03:05 PM(IST)

A file photo of Ravichandran Ashwin, who recently opened up about his Test career. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Ashwin crossed veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh's tally of 417 wickets. Former spinner Anil Kumble leads the Indian wicket-takers list with 619, followed by Kapil Dev with 434. 

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled his heart out during the first of two-match Test series against New Zealand that ended as a draw at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium. After the match ended, the bowler opened up on his career in whites as he said that he did not know if he would play Test cricket during the lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

During the match, Chasing 284 for victory on a final day, New Zealand were struggling at 155-9 with at least eight overs to go. But for the Kiwis, debutant Rachin Ravindra and number 11 batsman Ajaz Patel produced a stunning partnership to secure New Zealand's thrilling draw. 

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Despite the draw, Ashwin has been hailed for his spell as he shared seven wickets with Ravindra Jadeja to hurt New Zealand's batting order. 

During the match, Ashwin also went past veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh's tally of 417 wickets. Former spinner Anil Kumble leads the Indian wicket-takers list with 619, followed by Kapil Dev with 434. 

Commenting on the same, in an interview with teammate Shreyas Iyer for BCCI.tv, Ashwin revealed, "To be very modest about what is happening in my life and my career over the last couple of years, I did not know if I would go on to play Test cricket when we were in the pandemic, in the lockdown."

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"I had not played (India's) last Test in Christchurch (which began on February 29, 2020). I was standing at the crossroads thinking whether I would play Tests again, where is my future headed, do I get in to the Test team which is the only format I am playing. But God has been kind and I have been able to turn things around," he said.

"I then shifted to Delhi Capitals when you (Shreyas) were the captain and things have changed ever since," he further said. 

For India, debutant Shreyas Iyer stood out with his 105 and 65 in India's 345 and 237-4(d). The next and final Test will start in Mumbai on Friday. 

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