Ashwin was included within the 15-member squad on the eleventh hour as a alternative for all-rounder Axar Patel, who was within the preliminary squad however bought sidelined attributable to a quadricep pressure.
The 37-year-old had a profitable recently-concluded ODI sequence in opposition to Australia
“Being in a great area, having fun with this match will hold me in good stead. This may very well be my final World Cup for India, so having fun with the match is of utmost significance,” Ashwin instructed Star Sports activities.
R Ashwin finds a spot in World Cup Crew, injured Axar Patel changed
“I’d have mentioned that you simply have been joking. Life is filled with surprises. Truthfully, didn’t assume I’d be right here. Circumstances have made certain I’m right here at present, the crew administration have proven belief,” mentioned Ashwin whereas speaking about his inclusion within the Indian squad.
Ashwin has performed 10 matches for India in World Cup historical past along with his final look coming in 2015.
He has bagged 17 wickets within the competitors at a mean of 24.88 and an financial system of 4.36 along with his greatest figures being 4/25.
Aside from Virat Kohli, Ashwin is the one member of the present Indian facet who have been additionally part of their World Cup profitable marketing campaign in 2011.
Ashwin mentioned coping with strain can be essential. “All you are able to do is flip the ball each methods, and I feel I can do it. Coping with strain is paramount in these tournaments, and it’ll dictate how the match goes,” he mentioned.
(With inputs from PTI)