Ashwin believes India should keep focusing on winning matches
India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has announced that even after defeating Sri Lanka 4-1 in their recent ODI series, India’s top priority in every future match should still be on winning.
Throughout the Sri Lanka series, there has been a lot of talk about the form of Rohit Sharma and India’s death bowling, but Ashwin stated that there was no need to talk about any of those things as long as India kept winning their matches.
When asked if he thinks Rohit Sharma should be replaced, Ashwin said: “It’s a team game and as long as the team is doing well I don’t think anyone should comment, it’s probably a mistake everyone tries to do in terms of picking on someone. I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. Everybody in the team will be backing each other and we are doing really well so there is no necessity to talk about anybody at all.”
Sharma currently has an extremely disappointing average of 14.54 this year, and there is a lot of speculation that for the upcoming series against New Zealand, Sharma will be replaced by either Manoj Tiwary or Ajinkya Rahane.
However, Ashwin noted that he doesn’t believe any changes will be made to India’s team for the New Zealand series.
“I wouldn’t think so [that changes would be made], but it’s totally left to the team management. I think as we go on it will help us in the [ICC] rankings as well,” Ashwin said.
Even though India’s death bowling has been a major concern in the past few series, Ashwin insisted that as long as the team kept winning, there was no need to talk about the subject.
“It does happen. The bowlers do tend to go for runs. We need to find different lengths at different venues. As long as the team batting first or second has [outdone] the other side I don’t think it should even come under question. It’s 11 on 11 and not bowlers against batsmen and batsmen against bowlers,” Ashwin said.
Ashwin also mentioned that the two-month break India had before the Sri Lanka series really helped to revive the tired players.
“The break has helped everyone to get back together. The general mood in the team has been upbeat. The freshness in the camp is actually helping. We have been playing a few soccer games as well,” Ashwin added.