Numbers are part of the journey, not the final destination, says Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin said he has never chased numbers in his entire career and sees personal milestones as “just part of the journey and not the final destination”. Ashwin had surpassed the legendary Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 wickets in the recent Test series against Sri Lanka.

Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwinwho recently became India’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, said he had never chased numbers in his illustrious career and saw his personal milestones as ‘just part of the journey and not the final destination”.

In a statement released by his new franchise in the Indian Premier League Rajasthani Royals, Ashwin said: “The numbers are great, and it’s really humbling to see what I’ve been able to do in terms of the numbers. The more I played, the more I felt like the numbers were part of the journey rather than the destination.

Ashwin, who bagged 12 wickets at an average of 15.08 in the recent Test series against Sri Lanka, became India’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket after overtaking the Indian captain who won the 1983 World Cup. Dev Kapilhas 434 counters. After the Sri Lanka Series, he also became the eighth overall in Test cricket history with a total of 442 wickets.

“Over the last 2-3 years in particular the feeling has been great, with series wins in Australia, come back to the T20 team, it’s almost like how I felt when I broke into the team, where a lot of things happened for me,” Ashwin added.

Ashwin, 35, will represent his fifth IPL franchise this year after being drafted by Rajasthan Royals in the 2022 auction. He said the cash-rich T20 league helped him become a best cricketer from the start.

“The IPL is a tough tournament, there are a lot of variables leading up to each season that can impact. The dew, the throws, the opposition, you name it and there is one variable that can impact on a game in different ways – which makes it difficult to prepare things in advance and you have to be ready at all times.

“However, for me, personally, going into an IPL season is always exciting. The IPL gives a window of experimentation, something that has allowed me to become a richer cricketer, regardless of results, every time I have been a part of it,” he explained.

Moreover, Ashwin praised the captain of the Rajasthan Royals Sanju Samson.

“I think Sanju has an amazing attitude and a good head on his shoulders. He’s always open to discussion, open to opinions about the game, so that’s a great quality to have.

“I believe Sanju has the perspective as a wicketkeeper to judge the game from all angles, the pitch and how things are going to work out. He also has age on his side and will definitely improve,” he concluded.

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