Abu Dhabi. India defeated Afghanistan (India vs Afghanistan) by 66 runs to register its first win in the T20 World Cup 2021. With this win, Team India’s semi-final hopes in this tournament are still intact. While batting first, India had given a target of 211 runs to the Afghan team, in response, the Afghan team could only score 144 runs. Rohit Sharma scored 74 runs in 47 balls, KL Rahul scored 69 runs in 48, Rishabh Pant scored 27 not out off 13 balls and Hardik Pandya scored 35 not out off 13 balls.
In this match, all eyes were on R Ashwin, who came on the field after playing T20 matches after 4 years. Even in the first two matches of the tournament, he did not get a chance in the playing XI. In such a situation, questions were also being raised on the selection of Team India.
Kohli was criticized for not choosing Ashwin
Virat Kohli was also being heavily criticized for keeping R Ashwin out of the big match. India’s star bowler got a chance in the match against Afghanistan and he showed why he is important. He took 2 wickets for 14 runs. After the victory over Afghanistan, captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on Ashwin and said that his return was a positive side for the team.
R Ashwin is a wise bowler
Mohammed Shami took 3 wickets for 32 runs, while Ashwin, playing a limited overs international match after 4 years, bowled very economical, taking 2 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs. Kohli said that the return of Ash (Ashwin) has been a very positive aspect, for this he has worked hard.
He showed this kind of control and rhythm in the IPL as well. Kohli said that Ashwin is a wicket-taker who bowls intelligently. Kohli said that the wicket was better in the match against Afghanistan as compared to the team’s first two matches.