Questions on ODI, T20I Return Laughable: R Ashwin

Ashwin, an integral part of the Test team, has not played a white-ball match in internationally since July 2017.

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Ravichandran Ashwin has a chat with Virat Kohli during an ODI.

Ravichandran Ashwin said that he finds questions about his comeback to ODI and T20Is "laughable" as he is at peace with himself where he is in his international career. Ashwin is an integral part of the Indian Test team but has not played a limited overs match in international cricket since July 2017 despite being a regular in the Indian Premier League.

"A lot of times people tell these lines on leadership forums that 'you need to compete with yourself. But I have definitely found the balance and learned in life about how I must be competing with myself and be at complete peace when I am doing that," Ashwin told India Today.

"Because when some of these questions are asked about my ODI return, T20I return, white-ball dreams, and all these things, I find those questions are really laughable because I am totally at peace and extremely happy with the life I am leading right now," he added.

In the recently concluded Test series against England, Ashwin became the fourth Indian bowler to take more than 400 wickets in the longest format of the game.

"That given an opportunity anywhere, I would make a game-breaking performance which I am almost certain about because of the space I find myself in," said Ashwin.

"What questions people have to ask, what opinions people have, I am not worried about at all. As of now, every single game I play out there in the park, I want to leave a smile on my face and everybody else's," he said.

Earlier in March, Virat Kohli ruled out the possibility of Ashwin making a comeback to the team in the shorter formats.

"Washington has been doing really well for us, so you can't have two players of the same discipline playing in one squad," Kohli said at a virtual media conference, a day out of the T20I series opener against England in Ahmedabad.

"Unless, Washi has a drastically horrible season and things go south for him….the question has to be asked with some kind of logic as well. You suggest where you would add Ash and play him in the team when someone like Washington already does that job for the team. So, it's easy to ask the question but you should have a logical explanation to it yourself."

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