India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled brilliantly against Afghanistan on Wednesday. After the match, Ashwin said that it takes a lot of hard work to get a wicket. This is not something that can happen during a cricket match. India’s next match will be against Scotland at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday. Team India will have to beat it by a huge margin to remain in the race for the qualification for the semi-finals.
Some people had raised questions about Ashwin’s inclusion in the World Cup squad. He said that he is a bit defensive for this format. In a post-match virtual press conference, he gave a befitting reply to his critics, saying that many people who were giving expert opinion on the game, sometimes I feel sad for them. I have been playing this format since 2007-08 and every couple of years the game changes and it teaches us something because this game is very fast paced.
He said that I think the understanding of the game is still backward in many ways. For me when you say a bowler has to take wickets. There are different plans for fast bowlers and different plans for spinners. He said this in response to a question by News ANI. He further said that you cannot bowl from different lengths like in a Test match. Taking wickets is not something that just happens. Experts say that this game is about partnership. Every time a bowler takes a wicket, the first over is bowled well.
Ashwin took 2 for 12 in his quota of 4 overs in the match against Afghanistan. He was included in the playing XI of Team India in place of Varun Chakraborty. Ashwin said that for me every match is a 24-ball event, in which I want to win every time. The success in the match against Afghanistan is a ‘special night’ for me.