Former India head coach Ravi Shastri showered high praise on Rajasthan Royals (RR) spin-bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin for his performance in the IPL 2022 game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Ashwin has had a brilliant all-round run in the Indian Premier League 2022 as he has scored 183 for Rajasthan Royals in 14 games at a strike rate of 146.40. With the ball, he has bagged 11 wickets for Sanju Samson and Co.
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Meanwhile, he played a terrific 40 runs knock in 23 balls against Chennai Super Kings to help RR win and secure a top-2 finish in the IPL 2022. He also won the Player of the Match award for his innings.
While talking about Ashwin’s innings, Shastri said that he has brought out his net game and his shot selection was just perfect. Former India head coach mentioned that Ashwin has got 5 Test centuries and he is a wonderful timer of the ball.
“Ashwin got his net game out into 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,” Shastri said on Cricinfo.
“Don’t forget, the bloke’s got 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 it took his chances and came out on top,” said Shastri.
He is having a wonderful season, it is like a new lease of life for him – Ravi Shastri on Ashwin
Shastri added that Ashwin is in a good frame of mind and he is having a wonderful season. He also said that the all-rounder has “tremendous confidence” in his abilities.
“He’s having a wonderful season, it’s like a new lease of life for him. In a new team, with a good setup, his buddy (Yuzvendra) Chahal is bowling with him. Uncle Ashwin is in a good frame of mind.”
“Ash has tremendous confidence in his own abilities. It’s 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.
“He knew what the target was and he knew when a six was important. He got the right guys to get after and pulled off the shots superbly,” he said.
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