Ravichandran Ashwin has done something unique in switching over to being a frontline spinner after starting off as an opener at the junior level. I say unique, because quite a few have done the reverse, either by choice or due to circumstances. Be that as it may, Ashwin has made it known repeatedly that he can be more than handy with the bat. Not that he chose the most opportune moment always to convey it, but what matters to him is making people know what he felt about his batting.
I remember when I was the coach of the Tamil Nadu team, we were discussing what needed to be done to avoid relegation in 2006-07 after losing the penultimate game outright. The team members were coming out with suggestions while desperately trying to get over the dejection that creeps in after a bad game.
Amidst the gloom and despair in the dressing room, Ashwin, the offspinning debutant of the season, put his hand up and said, "Sir, in case you are not aware, I started off as an opener and I can bat very well." Great timing, Ashwin, full marks to you! I managed to retain my composure and responded with something like, "Ash, we will get down to specifics in a bit, once we are through with the larger picture."