Ravichandran Ashwin smashed his maiden IPL fifty as he scored 50 off 38 balls against Delhi Capitals. The knock though ended up in a losing cause as Delhi got two important points and is still alive in the contest.
The Royals’ experiment with Ravichandran Ashwin at number three finally worked out. He was promoted twice to number three in the batting order before this game. He scored 8 against Gujarat Titans and played a cameo of 17 off 9 deliveries against RCB.
“There is no license that has been given. Starting from the season, it was communicated properly to me that they’d be using me up the order. We had a few practice games also where I opened, and yeah, kind of enjoyed it. I have worked a lot on my batting and it’s nice to see that whatever’s been worked translates on the field. So yeah pretty good feel about the knock today, but nevertheless, it didn’t come in a winning cause,” Ashwin said at the post-match press conference regarding his promotion to number three.
Ravichandran Ashwin also kept a word on the pitch saying that it wasn’t the easiest to bat and needed to work the runs around.
Pitch Wasn’t Quite The Easiest: Ravichandran Ashwin
“Today the pitch wasn’t quite the easiest, so there was communication around that. Obviously the communication to keep going or to just play for a few more overs and set it up – whatever it is – just keeps coming in. Most often than not, [when] you find yourself hitting the 100-run mark within the 13th over, you end up getting 180″ said the veteran Indian off-spinner.
He concluded by speaking about their loss against the Royals saying that the total put on the board was not enough.
“I think maybe about 15 or 20 runs short at the end. But like I said, you never really know until both the sides have played. We’ve made a good feast of these sort of scoring runs in the past, but tonight, nothing really went our way in the second half. So yeah, it was not our day,” Ashwin said.