Originally Posted by Sith_Lord_Darth_Krushya
In past seasons Ash seemed to want Pokemon battles more than wanting to evolve his Pokemon, meaning they would evolve when and if "they" felt ready or when it was time. He just didn't seem preoccupied with his Poke's evolution but rather having faith that the individual members of his team had the power to pull off a victory.
That is true. And evolution is never as important as skill. (Pikachu is an excellent example of course.)