Ravichandran Ashwin is India's leading spinner and is also widely considered as one of the best spinners in current-day cricket. Ashwin went past Harbhajan Singh and became India's third-highest wicket-taker in history of Tests. However success doesn't come without struggle and Ashwin's is no different.
Till 2017, the 35-year-old was an all-format player for India. He then failed to make a return for many years in ODIs and T20Is. He was ruled out of the Australia tour for three Tests in the 2018/19, and dealt with injury issues on a constant, till he could finally make a comeback in the home series against South Africa later in 2019/20.
The off-spinner, Team India recently opened up on the ‘mental trauma’ he experienced during the hiatus in an interview with ‘The Cricket Monthly’. "It made me nervous for about eight months, ten months. For every match that I played. Athletic pubalgia is something that you can feel all the time, there is an uneasy feeling around the abdomen. So even if it was like a a normal nerve movememt here or there or any kind of stiffness, I'd feel like, "Has it gone? Should I protect it before it's gone? Should I strap it?" Constant paranoia," Ashwin explained.
“I think a lot and so my self-awareness is very high. So that made it even harder for me. If you get injured, and you're returning, it will not leave your head. But if you get injured and and it gives you mental trauma that I had to go through, it is even more difficult. Ashwin then went ahead and recalled the words from former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and insisted that he has “cracked the process.
MS Dhoni always said, it is processes versus result. I believe I certainly have cracked the process. And I don't fear failing in front of millions or billions of people. It means nothing. At least I have got the [opportunity] to go out there and succeed or fail, which most people don't get,” said Ashwin.
"If I had broken down again during the South Africa series, I would have said, "This body is not meant to be." Thankfully I got through the entire series." Said Ashwin