A return to the Indian team for the T20 World Cup seems to have given a new lease of life to R Ashwin’s T20 International career and the seasoned India spinner is enjoying a lot of success.
His success has caught the eye of his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals, who pointed out how successful has “Ash Anna” been in recent times via a tweet on Thursday.
Ashwin made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe in Harare. He took 1/22 in four overs. This performance earned Ashwin a selection for the tri-series against the New Zealand cricket team and hosts Sri Lanka. But unfortunately, Ashwin did not get a chance as Pragyan Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja were preferred over him throughout the series.
Ashwin got his place in the team back as India went to Bangladesh for the 2014 Asia Cup and the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. Ashwin played an essential role in India’s success in these tournaments. Because of his brilliant performances, Ashwin was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2014 T20 World Cup by both ICC and Cricinfo.
Since his return to the India T20 side, Ashwin, who has been out of the limited-overs side since 2017, has taken eight wickets in four matches.
Indeed, Ashwin has had a great impact on the first match of the T20I series against New Zealand on Wednesday, as he claimed 2-23 in his four overs.
About his performance in the Jaipur T20I against New Zealand, Ashwin said it took time to get to know the right pace to bowl at on that pitch.
“The slower you bowled there was purchase from the pitch, it’s tricky how much you toss it up, the windows for attacking are less [in T20s]. Identifying the right pace took a bit of time for me. Important to see the game in isolation, 24 events [balls], the batsman is trying to play catch-up, so execute your plans,” he added.
Ashwin said in the end the chase become too close for India. “We thought it was par, par-minus, 170-175 was par, at the halfway mark we thought we would cruise home,” he added.
After the T20I series victory against New Zealand, the bowling performance of veteran spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin has been a hot topic for discussion among cricket fans and experts.
After being sidelined for more than four years from ODIs and T20Is, Ashwin was named to the Indian squad for the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021. Since his return to India’s white-ball setup, the off-spinner has so far scalped nine wickets from five matches and has been extremely economical as well.
Ashwin has been phenomenal in the last five games if we see from the Afghanistan match to the second T20I. He has played five consecutive matches, has been economical every time and taken wickets every time. Everyone is asking how Ashwin has turned it around? But he hasn’t rediscovered anything.
Ashwin has been a consistent performer over the years in the IPL with 35 wickets at an economy of 7.45 in the last three seasons. The 12th edition of the tournament was his most impressive in IPL, where he scalped 15 wickets with an economy of 7.27.
He was a four-over bank when he was dropped as well. There have been three IPLs in between, he was a four-over bank there as well. He never gives more than 25-30 runs in his four overs, once in a while everyone gets hit, and he takes wickets as well.
He bowls in different phases of the game – with the new ball, in the middle and can bowl even till the 15th or 16th over. He is not doing anything exceptional, the guile and quality he has. Just the experience is coming to the fore.