Dubai :Ace finger-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Friday said he feels like making his debut all over again after he was picked to play the T20 international matches for India after four years.
“Yes, it was very different, I did tell Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) before the game it feels like I am making my debut all over again. The nerves and the butterflies are very good. That’s what you play the game for,” he said ahead of the match against Scotland in Super 12 of the INCC Men’s T20 World Cup here.
He could only ease into the game because of the last six months which he spent with the team in Covid bubbles, Ashwin said. “I have been with the team for the last six months, so it didn’t feel very different. Sort of a family bonding built over the last six months because we have been in bubbles. I could ease myself into the game,” he said.
Ashwin further said he is looking to improve everyday by doing something different every day in the nets. “If I don’t feel like I can do something different, I don’t turn up for practice. For me, every day is a chance at the laboratory to get better. It is a harsh game for a bowler. Even if you bowl well, you can still get hit,” he said.
The IPL has been a good tonic for new and old Indian players, Ashwin said. Scotland is a fine side as they have good cricket in the tournament and there is a lot of talent there, he said.
“Sometimes you can say they are not one of your mainstream Test playing nations but the way they have played this tournament and even before that, there’s a lot of talent there,” he said.