"I contemplated retirement for a lot of reasons" - Ravichandran Ashwin


Recognised as one of the legendary spinners of modern-day cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin will always remain as a piece of diamond for the Indian cricket team. The Tamil Nadu born cricketer has recently shared his thoughts on retirement that clicked on his mind during 2018-2020.

During that phase of Indian cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin was not part of the limited-overs team and also missed a few matches in the longest format of the game. Moreover, back to back injuries made him stay away from the game and he also mentioned that there is not enough support for him during his lean patch in his career. 

I felt like people were not sensitive enough to my injuries: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin

Considering the reports from Cricket Monthly, the 35-year-old said, "I contemplated retirement for a lot of reasons. I felt like people were not sensitive enough to my injuries. I felt like a lot of people were backed, why not me? I have done no less. I have won a lot of games for the team."

"I don’t usually look for help, that somebody needs to back me, that somebody needs to cushion me or give me empathy. I felt I was not being able to be excellent and felt I needed a shoulder to lean on," he added.

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During the 2018-19 Border- Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia, the right-arm spinner had to go through a Grade 3 abdomen muscular tear that almost turned back his career.

"Just after the England series in 2018, after Southampton, was one phase. Again, in Australia later that year where I tore my abdomen after the Adelaide Test, before and after Sydney. Many stages. The only person I would be talking to was my wife. But my father was hell-bent: you will make a comeback in white-ball cricket, and I will see that before I die," Ashwin said.