On Thursday, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that if his team think about defending title, it might be extra pressure in the Champion Trophy.
The 30-year-old Tamil Nadu off-spinner Ashwin said to FirstPost, “As far I am concerned handling pressure is all about (taking) one game at a time. If you think too far ahead and try and think (that) you are defending the title, it’s going to be unnecessary, under pressure on you.”
“But as you build up every game and try and gain momentum, you (eventually) become a favourite of the tournament,” he added.
Ashwin has good performance grabbing 82 wickets and smashed four 40 in 13 Tests against top teams like England, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. This tenth season of the Indian Premier League he could not perform as he took rest to recover from the stress.
Talking about the performance for the Champions Trophy in England, Ashwin said “It’s been going through my head and I have been working on a lot of stuff based on how the game is changing and throwing the pace at you. I might be able to throw something new in this tournament. I am equipped enough to do.”
Ashwin added, “Hopefully, the two practice games (India play New Zealand on 28 May and Bangladesh on 30 May) will give me an indication on how well I go in the tournament and how well my variations come to the fire.”
In the Indian Premier League franchise, Ahswin replaced by young off-spinner Washington Sundar for Rising Pune Supergiants, due to recovering from his stress.
Talking about the young off-spinner Washington, Ashwin said “I think, Washington did really well in the Vijay Hazare (trophy) this year. I had heard from a couple of people that he is going pretty well.”
“I had just seen very little of him in the TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League). He has got a good idea of how to bowl in T20s and to the ball with the new ball is a massive challenge.”