Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo: IPL)

Ravichandran Ashwin, an off-spinner, was at a loss for words when asked to define MS Dhoni’s status as a T20 hitter.

The 35-year-old remarked in a recent interview that batting further down the pecking order in a T20 game is by far the most unfortunate thing in life.

R Ashwin and MS Dhoni
R Ashwin and MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ashwin praised MS Dhoni’s power to finish matches, calling him “outstanding.”

“In a T20 game, batting lower down the pecking order is the most unforgiving thing you can do. And for what seemed like an eternity… I just glanced at MS Dhoni and thought to myself, “Wow, this guy is amazing.” He keeps getting chastised for slowing it down, taking it deep, and then closing it out no matter how many times he goes there.”

Ravichandran Ashwin, MS Dhoni
Ravichandran Ashwin, MS Dhoni. (Photo: Twitter)

Many cricketers are attempting to replicate former Indian captain, MS Dhoni, according to Ravichandran Ashwin, but there is only one MS Dhoni.

“It’s a fantastic talent, and I believe many players are aiming to catch up to MS and become MSD. There’s something new to discover. MSD is never going to happen again.”

Ravichandran Ashwin on batting as a top-order batsman:

Ravichandran Ashwin has established himself as a top-order batsman for the Rajasthan Royals this campaign. In response to his promotion, he stated:

“I’ve been aware for years that I’ve been batting down the order. I batted eight times, nine times, and seven times. In a T20 franchise, seven is the maximum. It’s also a difficult position to bat for a bowler who can bat a little.”

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin  Photo Credit: (IPL)

“So, in most of the franchises where I played, I’d average around 40 balls per campaign. If I batted for more than 40-50 balls, I believe either the team did poorly or I had a chance to bat ahead in that match.”

On Tuesday, Ravichandran Ashwin will take the field against the Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1.

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