Ravichandran Ashwin recalled MS Dhoni's advice which helped him during 'mental Trauma'

The legendary off-spinner of the modern-era Ravichandran Ashwin has been phenomenal this year for the Indian cricket team. In 2021, the Tamil Nadu born cricketer has bagged 52 wickets from just eight games which is the highest by any bowler this year in the longest format of the game.

Moreover, he has also proved his worth with the bat on several occasions and helped his team to come out from the crunch situations of the game. Despite having one of the best times in his career, the right-arm spinner also suffered mental trauma during the phase 2017 when he was struggling to find a place in the limited-overs team.

In addition to that, the former head coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri applauded the newcomer Kuldeep Yadav as the best overseas spinner, as the latter tasted success with both red and the white ball.

I’m very well placed to face the adversities of life, says Ravichandran Ashwin

In an interaction with Cricket Monthly, the 35-year-old recalled MS Dhoni's advice and said, "I think my self-awareness is very high. And I think a lot. So it was even harder for me. If you get injured, and you’re coming back, it’ll still be in your head."

"But if you get injured and go through the kind of mental trauma I had to go through, it is even more difficult. And I think I’m extremely well placed for the experience. I’m very well placed to face the adversities of life, for which I’m grateful," he added.

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"I have never feared failure in my life. So to go out there on the ground and fail in terms of performance, it’s fine. Like MS Dhoni always said, it is processes vs results. I believe I certainly have cracked the process.

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," Ashwin further added.

However, the Tamil Nadu born cricketer is currently with the Virat-led Indian team in South Africa and preparing for their first Test which is going to kickstart from 26th December, Sunday.

Moreover, Ashwin will be the top contender for Team India, as they will miss the services of Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja who have sustained injuries during the New Zealand Test series.