“Rangana Herath is one of my role models,” Ashwin said. “I think he is a fabulous bowler. He just overcomes limitations every single day. Age does wear the body out over a period of time. As far as Herath is concerned, he just keeps proving that he is a champion cricketer and he can use pressure to his good advantage,” he added.
Ashwin has an impressive record in the longest format of the game, having taken 292 scalps at 25.26 and with a strike rate of 52.4. He has also bagged 150 wickets at 32.91 in the ODI format. However, he has not been in great form in the 50-over format of late, evidenced by the fact that he has taken just 17 scalps at 40.58 since the 2015 World Cup.
Ashwin has also not been selected for three successive ODI series – against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. The 31-year-old observed that he can’t comment on selection issues but he was focused on developing his craft ‘every single day’.
“I don’t have an answer to that because resting [a player] and making decisions are definitely not something that I can comment on,” he noted. “Because I am not the one that is in charge and I am not the one who is responsible for making these decisions. So very clearly, as far as I am concerned, every day is about being better than what you have been previously. I am definitely focused on developing every single day and becoming a better cricketer because that is the only thing that will last. Tomorrow, if I am given an opportunity, I should be the best I can be and probably even better than the best that I can be.”