Rohit Sharma Reasons Asking R Ashwin To Bowl The 18th Over
By CricShots - Oct 31, 2022 3:07 pm
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The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma is known for following his instincts on the field. In the game against South Africa, the DRS calls he took paid off but asking R Ashwin to bowl the 18th over when the Proteas needed 25 from 18 balls turned out to be an expensive move. Ashwin can be uncanny in the slog overs but suffered back-to-back sixes off David Miller and the match was pretty much lost there. Sharma defended the move, saying he was not convinced with how a spinner was finishing in the final over in T20 World Cup.

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R Ashwin bowled the 18th overs

Durig the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma said, “I have seen what happens in the last over with spinners, so I just wanted to go the other way and see if I could finish Ash and not keep him for the last over.”

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He further added, “I just wanted to make sure that the seamers were bowling the right overs, but honestly, when you have options like that, you have to use them at some point. I thought given that the new batter (Tristan Stubbs) came in, it was a perfect time for him to bowl. But things like that can happen. Miller played some good shots as well.”

Later in the press conference, Aiden Makram, who made a match-winning partnership with Miller revealed that South Africa would go after R Ashwin in the same way India had given the charge to left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj earlier.

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India lost the game with 2 balls to spare

Aiden Markram explained, “We expected them to take on Keshav. I’m sure they expected us to take on Ashwin as well, just because of the nature of the wicket, because the seamers were so difficult to get away. It got to the stage where we had to pick someone. It could be anyone on any night. And sometimes you execute. You get to different conditions and those matchups would change completely.”

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Rohi Sharma acknowledged India’s fielding lapses.  He explained, “The last two games we played, we were pretty good in the field and we want to continue to be consistent in that department. But unfortunately we couldn’t hold our chances, a few run-outs we missed, including myself. But we need to keep our heads high and think about what’s coming for us and take the learnings from this game, what we need to do in games like that.”