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R Ashwin Comes Hard On His Critics Form Calling Him An Overthinking Player
By CricShots - Dec 26, 2022 11:07 am
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India’s veteran spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin has come up with a witty reply to a troll online after his match-winning knock against Bangladesh at Mirpur. R Ashwin amassed 42 runs off 62 balls to help the Indian team register a three-wicket win over Bangladesh. He shared a crucial partnership of 71 runs with Shreyas Iyer to help India get over the line. With this win, India completed a clean sweep over their neighbors in a two-match Test series.

R Ashwin
R Ashwin played a match-winning knock

A Sri Lankan troll took to Twitter after the match to tell Ashwin that he should hand over his Man of the Match trophy to Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque, who dropped Ashwin’s catch during a crucial stage of the game. After the drop, Ashwin told that troll that he thought he had blocked him, adding that he wouldn’t have anything to do if India did not play cricket matches.

In another tweet, R Ashwin also called out people who called him an overthinker and said that he is proud to be playing for India ever since he got a chance to play. Ashwin shared his views after reading articles that used the word ‘overthinking’ for him. The all-rounder said that he was doing it for the youngsters who might face the same situation but would be at peace.

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In his earlier tweet, R Ashwin wrote: “Overthinking” is a perception that has followed me ever since I wore the Indian jersey with pride. I have pondered about it for a while now and believe I should have seriously considered a PR exercise to erase that word out of peoples minds. Every person’s journey is special and unique, while some journeys require them to overthink it others can afford to keep it simple. The moment someone says i am an over thinker from the inside walls, I have always thought to myself “that’s the way I play my cricket and not the way I recommend others to play.”

R Ashwin scalped six wickets and played a crucial knock of 42* in the second innings to pull India out of major trouble. He had bowled well in the first Test match as well.

In his continuing tweet, the veteran spinner wrote: “Finally, I think deeply about the game and share my views because I believe when ideas are shared they can multiply into miraculous achievements. The fact that it may not be popular won’t deter me cos my goal is not to win the war of words, it is to learn at the end of it”.

R Ashwin received immense criticism after the World Cup earlier this year after India failed to reach final of the tournament. The player concluded his writing on Twitter by saying that he finally understands the word overthinking and realises that it still creates the same menace as before.

The spinner concluded by writing, “Disclaimer: I have had no problems with any colleague or anyone and this is just in response to some articles I read during transit. I took 13 years to understand that the word would stick on to be a menace and hope some youngster reading this thread might gain a few years”.

On Day 4, India lost night-watchman, Jaydev Unadkat early in the day and it triggered a flurry of wickets, with the visitors losing Rishabh Pant (9) and Axar (34) in the space of nine balls. India was reeling at 74/7 while chasing a target of 145 runs when Ashwin and Iyer rode out the storm caused by Mehidy Hasan and stitched a match-winning partnership of 71 runs to help India complete the clean sweep 2-0 against Bangladesh.

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R Ashwin received the Man of the Match award for his batting performance on Day 4 while also picking up 6 wickets over the course of the two Bangladesh innings. With the win, India has strengthened their second position in the World Test Championship (WTC) table. India has 58.93 points and only sits behind Australia (76.92).

Speaking after the game, R Ashwin said the match had to be won the hard way, lauding Bangladesh for their bowling effort. As per the quotes in India Today, he said, “Game was on the line. I thought Bangladesh played really well. The game had to be won the hard way. In these situations, sometimes you feel you need to hit your way. They bowled well.”