India off-spinner R Ashwin, while speaking to fielding coach R Sridhar, said that he is actually an accidental cricketer, who is living a dream with over 400 Test wickets under his belt.
"I accidentally became a cricketer. I am actually a cricket lover who went on to become a cricketer. I am living my dream here, I never imagined that I will wear the Indian jersey one day and I will play," Ashwin told bcci.tv in an interview but did not elaborate on the remark.— BCCI (@BCCI) February 26, 2021
According to Ashwin, being in the Covid-19 lockdown made him realize just how lucky he was to play for India.
"And every time I finish playing a game and if I give that winning result for the team, I just feel I am being given a blessing, but the COVID times made me feel how lucky I am to actually play for India.
"Even when I came back after the IPL, I never thought I will play in Australia, so that is what I said, everything has been a gift, for the love with which I play the game, the game is giving me back enough and more laurels," he added.
Ashwin said that he watched a lot of old videos of great individual performances in the lock-down helped improve his understanding of the game.
"I used to watch a lot of footage even before, but the understanding of the game has gone one notch higher...during the lockdown, I was watching a lot of cricket from the past, especially Sachin's hundred in Chepauk, all sort of stuff on Youtube," recalled Ashwin.
Sridhar also asked Ashwin if he's giving MS Dhoni 'a run for his money' in terms of the collection of stumps.
"I think MS has a lot more than I do. For a large part of my early career, I have not been very good at all this. Now I cherish every moment. It has been very special and I have been collecting stumps," Ashwin responded.