R Ashwin reveals Indian dressing room mood during Australia chase: ‘When Virat Kohli skidded that ball, I thought what’s happening here…’ | cricket-world-cup news


When Virat Kohli missed the pull on 12 runs, not only the Indian fans, but their hearts poured out. In the dressing room, R Ashwin says he was distressed for a moment and wished he had bowled Australia out with 20 runs less.

“As you get older, recovery takes longer! It was very hot today, (after our bowling) I was in an ice bath and by the time I ate, the umpires had already gone in. Then soon Ishan Kishan fell. Then two more!

When Virat skidded that ball I ran [adjoining] Bells Road (laughing). I was like, ‘Damn! What’s going on here da, maybe we should have got them out for 20 runs less!” Ashwin said star sports tamil, “And when he [Mitch Marsh] I dropped the catch, I went, ‘Yabba, (uff!) and came back!’

Former India opener S Ramesh and the commentator put Ashwin on the spot and asked direct questions about the “unfair” perceptions surrounding him which led to his not being selected.

“I said it was a tactical mistake when they didn’t pick you for the original World Cup squad,” Ramesh told Ashwin. “I think it’s unfair to see you being effective only against left-handed batsmen. We have never seen Shane Warne like that. You are a quality spinner, not an off-spinner. My question is, have you also considered it unfair?” Ramesh asked.

“There is no use pointing fingers at anyone else and blaming them when I am not in the team. I don’t want to think like that, I just want to take accountability for my performance and think about what I can bring to the table,” Ashwin said. “I don’t see those notions sir. People had this idea at one time, but I can’t see it that way. Because I know that’s how they saw me, I’ve tried to improve my game and do something different.”

And then he came to the unfair part of the question and his choice.

“I don’t know whether it’s fair or unfair – as they say, life is a circle. If there’s honesty in what you do, I think people will notice that. The same thing has happened now,” Ashwin said. “I don’t want to linger in that moment; Looking back, living in that (any unpleasant) moment is not worth it. You have to move forward.”

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Ashwin also revealed that he was “nervous” before the start of the game and for 3-4 overs.

“I don’t know what to say. I was so nervous before the game. I texted my wife and friends that at 35, I feel like an ass! (laughs) . For one or two overs in the beginning, my pace and line were a little off… My nervousness was due to this: a game in Chennai against big rivals like Australia. This is the World Cup, a great opportunity for us in the country. Playing for a bigger cause.

Ashwin also said another interesting thing about what the afternoon time is like in the stadium, which he was not used to. “It took 7-10 balls to stabilise. I have played a lot in Chepauk but it has been a long time since I played an afternoon game here. There was a cross wind and the ball was touching and drifting. By the third or fourth over, I knew I had got it: as a bowler you get the feeling that I can swing the ball the way I want. Depending on different grounds, you get different signals.


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