Joining a long list of players, pundits and experts, Ravichandran Ashwin was the latest one to heap praise on in-form Indian batsman Virat Kohli calling him a 'thorough' captain and an 'honest' leader.
Ashwin who is a part of India's squad for the tour of West Indies in June, highlighted the freedom that Kohli gives him in terms of field-setting, that helps him express himself in a much better way. "He gives me enough freedom to express myself and take control of what fields I want to set and how I want to bowl," Ashwin told Hindustan Times.
"We do a lot of team meetings before the game, there’s a lot of honesty around. We have lot of conversations, and conversations generally lead to lot of clarity.
Virat is a very thorough captain. He does his homework before the game," added the 29-year-old Indian spinner.
There have been plenty of speculations about the next coach of the Indian team, but Ashwin chose not to add to them, claiming he will get along with his job, irrespective of who takes over the high-profile post. "As players we have the responsibility of working closely with whoever is being given that opportunity. We need to make sure that our goal in one. I would not like to speculate over names," Ashwin said.
The Chennai-born cricketer has been enjoying some rest recently after his Rising Pune Supergiants side finished at a disappointing seventh position in the recently concluded Indian Premier League season. A Ashwin felt it will take the Supergiants at least 2-3 season to settle down and hopes the owners of the franchise will find the answers for the problems.
On a personal front, Ashwin had a decent IPL campaign, picking up ten wickets at an economy of 7.25 for the Pune outfit who found themselves as the wrong end of results more often than not.
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Updated Date: May 31, 2016 13:05:09 IST