India’s veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that he is the most envious of his spin bowling partner Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja is regarded as one of the best all-rounders of the current era and he is also a livewire in the field.
The all-rounder is also named as the Test vice-captain for the tour of South Africa. Meanwhile, the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have haunted the opposition batters in the last decade, especially in the Indian conditions.
While Ashwin has scalped 489 wickets in 94 Test matches, Jadeja has bagged 275 wickets in 67 games. Both of them have bowled with deadly accuracy and have played a key role in India’s success over the years.
Speaking to Sportstar, Ravichandran Ashwin said, “One person that I am always envious of, I am not a jealous person, but I’m very envious of this one person, not anybody else.”
“The greatest cricketer at this point of time, the most sellable cricket of the most attractive cricketer today is Virat Kohli. However, the most envious I am of one cricketer is Ravindra Jadeja.”
“Ravindra Jadeja’s journey and my journey are extremely contrasting. Ravindra Jadeja can put a ball on the same spot day in and day out be extremely athletic on field and keep it extremely simple with the bat and be a million dollars on most days. I cannot do that,” Ashwin added.
Ashwin admitted that they don’t exist without each other as they are lethal as a pair. Ashwin and Jadeja have mostly bowled in partnerships and owe a lot to each other.
“We don’t exist without one another,” Ashwin continued. “Without Jadeja there is no Ashwin, without Ashwin, there is no Jadeja but it doesn’t take away from the fact that he is extremely good at keeping it very simple and not overthinking it.
“I cannot put the ball the same spot or bat like how I do if I don’t be curious and if I don’t overthink. He cannot be who he is if he is constantly overthinking it. So this is a classic case of people plying similar trades and finding success in their own ways.”
The first Test match between India and South Africa will be played from 26th December at the SuperSport Park, Centurion.