India's ace all-rounder, Ravichandran Ashwin has acknowledged that he is going through the best phase of his life. He revealed that when he was having a lean phase in his career he remembered his mother's words to perform or perish and that had helped him to perform better.
Talking to reporters, Ashwin said, "Definitely, I am bowling at one of my best phases in my life. I would not say that this is the best. Best times could be lying ahead you never know."
Talking about his mindset when he was dropped from the Adelaide Test in 2014, Ashwin said: "I told myself that my attitude needed a kick and my attitude needed to change because my attitude was coming in the way of improving myself."
Recalling his mother's words, Ashwin said, "If you don't improve you don't get very far in life. But if you don't change you don't give yourself a chance to improve."
Ashwin acknowledged that he had made a habit of surprising himself through his performances and that helps him to get better each passing day. He said he was looking to "learn every single day."
Speaking of his improvement plans, the Chennai spinner said he was preparing to bowl 30-40 overs in a day or in an innings and "it is the only things I am preparing for."
Ashwin concluded, "expectations are bound to mount, every time you do well, and every time you don't too, that is the only reason I am playing this game. I am not playing for rewards, I love this game much more than anybody else in this world."