Cricket : Unbeaten 40 off 23 balls, Ashwin lead RR to victory against CSK
Ashwin has often been used in the top order by the Rajasthan Royals
On Friday, he smashed an unbeaten 40 off 23 balls to lead his team to victory against the Chennai Super Kings. The score took Ashwin’s tally to 183 runs for the season in 10 innings at a strike rate of 146.40.
Ravichandran Ashwin has “tremendous confidence” in his ability and his performances with the bat shows that he is in a good frame of mind this season in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Shastri, who has seen Ashwin from close quarters as the Indian team’s head coach between 2017 and 2021, said that the veteran spin-bowling all-rounder is simply doing in matches what he showed he was able to do in the nets.
“Ashwin got his net game out into the the middle. His shot selection, choice of bowlers to pick was perfect. He went after the spinners, no question about that. He went for 14-15 in his first over, when Moeen Ali was smacking it. No way he was going to let Moeen Ali or any other spinner. So he went after them,” said Shastri
Ashwin is recognised as arguably the best spinner in the world
“Don’t forget, the bloke’s go five Test hundreds. He is perfectly capable of batting, wonderful timer of the ball. This innings, even with his experience, would just make him a better player. There was a situation where the game was in the balance but he took his chances and came out on top,” said Shastri. (Cricket Exchange News)
While Ashwin is recognised as arguably the best spinner in the world, particularly in Test cricket, he has also shown his abilities with the bat in the longer formats of the game.
“Ashwin has tremendous confidence in his own abilities. It is about executing it right in the middle. Sometimes, you get ahead of the game but today he picked the right bowlers and knew exactly what he was looking for.