“Ashwin tells us what he is going to do” says India’s bowling coach

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India’s bowling coach had a cheeky reply with regard to Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin played a crucial role in the end to ensure India a historic win against Pakistan at MCG in T20 WC 2022. Chasing 160 runs to win, India was left with two required off the final ball when Ravichandran Ashwin, who had just arrived at the crease, showed great game awareness to let go of the ball going down the leg side, eventually called a wide. On the final delivery of the match, Ashwin lofted one over mid-off against Mohammad Nawaz as Team India got off to a winning start in the marquee tournament.

India’s bowling coach gives a cheeky reply on Ashwin

The Indian bowling coach Paras Mhambrey answered a question from the media on whether Ravichandran Ashwin was given any instructions before being sent to bat in the match against Pakistan.

When asked whether the team management had specific instructions for Ashwin before he was sent to bat in the game, Mhambrey said that it is Ashwin who comes up with the plan instead. “Actually, it’s the other way round. He tells us, ‘this is what I’m going to do,” Mhambrey said, inducing laughter from the reporters present at the presser.

“It’s just the way he is. The individual is so full of composure, and his presence of mind to actually leave the ball… any other individual at that stage would swing his bat, but that’s Ashwin for you,” Mhambrey further said.

Ravichandran Ashwin provides batting depth to the team

The Indian bowling coach suggested that Ashwin provides batting depth to the team. “We look at the batting combination of the teams we are playing. You do your own homework—which players are struggling, which type of bowlers their batters are struggling against. So that is one aspect. The other thing which works in favor of Ashwin is that he can contribute with the bat. So we will look at both these things,” said Mhambrey.

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