SAMBALPUR: For off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin of Tamil Nadu, the National T20 call-up came as a “surprise.”
“I was indeed expecting to play for India in a couple of years’ time. When I came to know about my selection so early, the feeling was overwhelming,” he told The Hindu on Wednesday. Ashwin is here with the Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy squad playing Orissa.
“I am extremely happy to get the news,” he said. To a query, he replied, “I do have some experience of playing this format. Anybody who is good will be able to adapt to any format.”
The 23-year-old came to know of his selection from his teammate Abhinav Mukund. His coach, W.V. Raman, was the first to congratulate him. “My teammates were overjoyed and hugged me on learning of my selection,” he said and added, “I will give my best and I am looking forward to the matches.”
Ashwin has played 14 T20 matches so far and has picked up 17 wickets at an average of 15.64. The decision of the selectors to rest Harbhajan Singh has ensured this tall spinner gets a chance to wear the India cap. — Special Correspondent