The veteran Indian spinner, R Ashwin did a beautiful gesture towards a fan after India’s victory in the first T20I against West Indies has earned him a lot of respect and love from the fans. The off-spinner, who returned to the T20I squad for India after a while, had an excellent game where he managed to scalp a couple of wickets in his four-over spell.
Apart from R Ashwin, there were valuable contributions from skipper Rohit Sharma (44-ball 64) at the top of the order while Dinesh Karthik’s 19-ball 41 proved to be match-winning.
The 37-year-old veteran hit four fours and a couple of sixes in his flamboyant knock and finished off India’s innings in style to take the total to 190, which looked improbable at one stage. Dinesh Karthik eventually received the Player of the Match for his blistering knock.
During the post-match presentation, Dinesh Karthik said, “The wicket was a little sticky. Was not a good wicket to start on but once set, you got the pace of the wicket and you realized what kind of shots you can play. I have been enjoying [the finisher role] it a lot. it is a very interesting role. It is not something that you can be very consistent with but on some days, you can make an impact on the team. You need the backing of the captain and coach and I have got that in abundance.”
Meanwhile, after the match was finished, a fan requested Dinesh Karthik for a selfie, and R Ashwin, who was accompanying his teammate, turned up for the selfie despite not being called into. It was a dream-come-true moment for the fan to be in the picture with two stalwarts of Indian cricket. Ashwin helped the fan with a hand on the other end to ensure the image falls better. Meanwhile, India will head to Warner Park for the second T20I on August 1.
Here is the video of the gesture from R Ashwin: