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Team India’s premier spinner R Ashwin was thinking of taking retirement between 2018 and 2020 when he felt like he was not being given the right treatment by the team management while he was dealing with injuries. He further added that there was insensitivity towards his injuries.

“I contemplated retirement for a lot of reasons. I felt like people were not sensitive enough to my injuries. I felt like a lot of people were backed, why not me? I have done no less. I have won a lot of games for the team, and I am not feeling backed,” he said.

He was dropped from the ODI and T20I teams in 2017 and head coach Ravi Shastri clearly stated that Kuldeep Yadav would be India’s number one spinner in overseas matches.

Recalling that period, Ashwin explained how he underwent mental trauma and how MS Dhoni’s words help him to recover.

“If  you get injured and go through the kind of mental trauma I had to go through, it is even more difficult,” he told Cricket Monthly.

“I have never feared failure in my life. So to go out there on the ground and fail in terms of performance, it’s fine. Like MS Dhoni always said, it is processes vs results. I believe I certainly have cracked the process. I don’t fear failing in front of millions or billions of people. It means nothing. At least I have got the [opportunity] to go out there and succeed or fail, which most people don’t get,” he added.

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