MS Dhoni Has Always Told Me That I Can Bowl Anything: R Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin has undoubtedly taken spin bowling to another level. While Ashwin struggled during the early days, he eventually evolved into a top-class spinner over a period of time.

Ashwin enjoyed a great debut domestic season with Tamil Nadu in 2006-07. However, the off-spinner showed his tenacity during his comeback in 2008, first with Chennai Super Kings and then with a stellar performance for Tamil Nadu.

Ashwin made it to the Indian ODI team in early 2010, but he wasn’t the part of the playing eleven initially. However, with his amazing performance in the Indian T20 league, he was offered another chance and he managed to score a quickfire 38 on debut against Sri Lanka. Also, he made a surprise entry into the 2011 Indian Cricket World Cup team as a supporting spinner to Harbhajan Singh.

After the selectors dropped Harbhajan for the Test series against West Indies in 2011, Ashwin took over as the lead spinner for India. And he formed a successful partnership with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.

Ashwin was finally given an extended Test run and was awarded the Man of the Series in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2013. In the process, he became the third Indian off-spinner to take 25-plus wickets in a series after Harbhajan Singh and Erapalli Prasanna.

After this, there were largely home-centric seasons between 2015 and 2017, so Ashwin performed consistently well. Early in 2017, he surpassed Aussie legend Dennis Lillie by becoming the fastest player to reach 250 wickets. With 82 wickets in the 2016-17 season, Ashwin managed to get past Dale Steyn’s record for the most scalps in a season.

Ashwin has also performed well in the world’s most popular T20 cricket league – the IPL. The IPL is known for its glitz and glamour, and it attracts millions of cricket fans from across the globe. Just like the league, betting on it is popular too. Many cricket fans like to place bets on their favourite players and teams in the IPL. If you’re the one who’s interested in IPL or cricket betting, then is your one-stop place for all the information you need to know about cricket betting online. Here you can find the reviews of the online betting sites that offer the best betting odds.

Ashwin made his IPL debut with CSK in 2009

As one can see, Ashwin has performed extremely well in all formats of cricket. And this potential of Ravi Ashwin was realized by MS Dhoni quite earlier. In a recent stay chat with Sportskeeda, Ashwin has heaped praises on Dhoni, saying that the latter motivated him to try new things. Ashwin started playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL in 2009 under Dhoni, and from there he has grown in stature.

Ashwin is someone who is known to come up with new variations regularly. From selecting different run-ups to adding leg-spin to his armoury, Ashwin has been very creative with his bowling. During the first 10 games of his ODI debut in 2010, he never went wicketless, which gave a glimpse of his potential.

Ashwin lauds Dhoni

Ashwin said that Dhoni once told him that versatility is his biggest strength. Apart from the Super Kings, Dhoni and Ashwin have shared the field together for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016.

“This is a story a lot of people might not associate with MS Dhoni but I’d like to bring this to the surface. Many times, when people question MS Dhoni about how he does it, he talks about the process and doesn’t divulge a lot of his secrets.

“But the one person that has encouraged me in terms of trying new things is MS Dhoni,” Ashwin was quoted as saying during the live chat.

“He saw that streak in me early on, for both CSK and India. People always say that I experiment too much. I’ve also questioned myself and MS Dhoni has constantly told me that my biggest strength is that I can bowl anything. He said that at the end of the day, I’m quite good at what I do,” he added.

Ashwin has been successful in all three formats. In test cricket, he has 365 wickets from 71 matches with 27 five wicket-hauls. As for ODI and T20s, he lost his place after the emergence of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.