Although Ravichandran Ashwin still plays a significant role for the Indian squad in the Test format, he has recently struggled in the limited-overs format quite a bit. The right-arm off-spinner is only the fifth bowler in the history of the game to have 449 Test wickets, including as many as 30 five-wicket hauls. Another quality of the all-rounder is dependable and technically sound batting. Ashwin’s ability to maintain composure under duress is what makes him even more unique.
In a recent interview, Ashwin was questioned about his status as an all-rounder and his response to the issue referred to the legendary Kapil Dev. When asked if he expected himself to become “the most successful all-rounder after Kapil Dev”, Ashwin said that the 1983 World Cup-winning captain is not only a “great Indian cricketer” but “one of the greatest” the world has seen.
“I don’t want to sound too humble or too skeptical. But when you do something in your life, you want to be the best at what you want to do, right? Kapil Dev is not just a great Indian cricketer but is one of the greatest cricketers the world has seen. And if you take up the bat and the ball, I suggest, any child, any kid that is taking the ball or the bat today must be aspiring to be the best in the world. It doesn’t matter who’s done it in the past, you have to want to be the best in the world,” Ashwin told New Indian Express.