IND vs WI: Ravichandran Ashwin Dismissed Nicholas Pooran And Shimron Hetmyer; Left-handers Kneel Before Him – Aakash Chopra

Published - 31 Jul 2022, 09:24 PM

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Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Aakash Chopra showered praise on veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for making an astonishing comeback to T20Is after 8 long months in the match against West Indies National Cricket Team.

Ashwin made his comeback to the side in the first T20I of the five-match T20I series against West Indies at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on Friday, July 29. He scored important 13 runs with the bat and then picked up two huge wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer to help India win the game by 68 runs.

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Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Speaking on his YouTube channel, the cricketer-turned-commentator said that the left-handed batters kneel before Ashwin. He also lauded Ashwin for providing good support to wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who went berserk against the West Indies bowling attack. Chopra said:

“India went in with three spinners. Interestingly enough Ravichandran Ashwin has come back here. Ash bowled well, he picked up two wickets. He dismissed Pooran, I thought that was a huge wicket, and then Hetmyer down the order. Left-handers kneel before him when they come in front of him.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image: Twitter

“He (Ashwin) scored 13 runs off 10 balls, hit a six as well, gave support to Karthik also. Although Karthik was farming the strike, which was the right thing to do, Ashwin was there with him.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again was brilliant, economical – Aakash Chopra

The 44-year-old further talked about India’s pace battery in T20I cricket. He lauded the duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bagged 1 wicket, and Arshdeep Singh, who bagged 2 wickets, for bowling very well on the dead pitch in 1st T20I.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again was brilliant, economical – two overs for 11 runs and a wicket. Arshdeep Singh – that’s another thread I wanted to talk about. Avesh was being played earlier but here Arsh was played and he bowled well,” Chopra said.

Arshdeep Singh. PC-AP
Arshdeep Singh. PC-AP

“He picked up two wickets and Arshdeep is a beautiful option. We were there with T Natarajan because the left is right in T20 cricket, we were going with that viewpoint. But now if he is not there, then Arshdeep’s stocks are rising. I was very happy the way he bowled on this dead pitch,” he added.

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