Delhi Capitals: India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is currently plying his trade for Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Earlier, he played for Delhi Capitals.
The DC franchise released him after the IPL 2021 season. The spinner signed up for the mega auction for his base price of Rs 2 crore. Rajasthan Royals purchased his services for Rs 5 crore at the auction.
Ravi Ashwin has played 173 games in the Indian Premier League. The lanky off-spinner has taken 147 wickets to his name. He maintained an impressive economy rate of 6.93.
Ashwin has bowled 4 maiden overs in the world’s toughest T20 domestic competition. Besides that, he has registered 1 four-wicket haul to his name. He has maintained a bowling average of 28.6.
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer, Mohammed Kaif has recalled his spell at Delhi Capitals. Kaif served as an assistant coach of Delhi Capitals in the last season. He spoke about how Ashwin handled bowling along with commercial commitments.
Regarded as one of the best fielders during his heydays, Kaif heaped praise on Ravi Ashwin for his grit and determination. Ashwin handled the bowling and commercial duties pretty well.
Delhi Capitals: Mohammed Kaif hails Ravichandran Ashwin for his determination
Mohammed Kaif has recalled the previous IPL’s first leg that was hosted in India. Ravichandran Ashwin had a bad day at the office against Chennai Super Kings as he leaked as many as 47 runs in 4 overs.
“Ashwin was with me at Delhi Capitals before moving to Rajasthan Royals. I remember the previous IPL’s first half being hosted in the country. The first game (vs CSK) was at the Wankhede and leaked many runs (47 in four overs).
Ravi Ashwin knew he didn’t bowl well and he turned up for the optional session. Ashwin bowled for nearly three overs at the nets only to get his length right. He sorted out his woes at the training session.
“It was an optional practice the next day. Players who had played the previous game had an option to rest. But Ashwin was with me on the bus. I asked him, ‘What happened? Today is just an optional session’. But he said, ‘I want to get my length right’,” Kaif told Sportskeeda.
“He also spoke about doing too many shoots. You have many commitments in the IPL due to sponsors, and Ashwin maybe wasn’t ready for the first game. He felt he was too busy in shoots and didn’t spare time for his bowling.
Kaif added that Ashwin bowled for almost 3 hours in what was an intense training session. Ashwin kept on bowling till he got his length right. He made necessary corrections as well. “He was on the bus… and Ashwin bowled for almost three hours in the nets. He kept bowling and made the corrections. Right in the next game, he performed to his very best,” he added.