Kumar Sangakkara, the Director of cricket of Rajasthan Royals (RR), wants their veteran spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin to push himself more for the next season of the Indian Premier League. RR added the 35-year-old Ashwin to their squad during the mega auction after Delhi Capitals (DC) released him. The off-spinner took 12 wickets for the Royals in 17 matches, with the best figures of 3/17 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
During the post-match press conference after IPL 2022 final, Kumar Sangakkara said, “Ash (Ashwin) has done a great job for us. Even for Ash, being a legend in terms of what he has achieved on the cricketing pitch, there will be a lot of improvements and thinking to do, especially with his off-spin and bowl more of it.”
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In the IPL 2022 final against Gujarat Titans in Ahemdabad, Ravichandran Ashwin couldn’t do much with the bat after being sent in at no.6. He also remained wicketless in his three overs and conceded 32 runs.
Gujarat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets to win the IPL in their maiden season as well as in front of their home crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Earlier in the 2022 tournament, R Ashwin became only the second off-spinner after Harbhajan Singh to reach the 150-wicket mark in the tournament. He achieved the milestone against Bangalore in April.
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Coming to the IPL 2022 final, RR after winning the toss, opted to have a bat first. However, some disciplined bowling from GT bowlers ensured that the Royals got restricted to a score of 130 runs in their 20 overs. Mohammed Shami, Dayal, Rashid, Hardik, and Sai Kishore were the wicket-takers for the new entrants. In reply, GT went on to chase the target easily with seven wickets in hand.