Ravichandran Ashwin (PC-Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin (PC-Getty Images)

Last Update on: March 25th, 2023 at 01:24 pm

Ravichandran Ashwin, one of India’s most experienced cricket players, has come out to defend the Indian team’s decision to promote Axar Patel ahead of Suryakumar Yadav in the third ODI match against Australia. Despite the team’s eventual 21-run loss, Ashwin believes that the strategy would have worked if Axar had been able to counter the threat posed by the spin duo of Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar.

During the chase of a target of 270 runs, Axar Patel was sent in to bat at number five, while Suryakumar Yadav was kept at number seven. However, the move did not yield the desired results, as Axar was run out by Steve Smith’s exceptional throw, while Suryakumar was dismissed for a golden duck by Agar for the combined third time in the series.

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Ravichandran Ashwin defended the team’s strategy and urged fans to support the team through thick and thin, rather than being overly critical when the team doesn’t perform up to expectations.

There Is A Compulsion That India Should Always Win: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin also expressed his dissatisfaction with the harsh criticism that the Indian team receives whenever they do not win matches. He pointed out that it is unrealistic to expect a team to win every game, and that losses are a part of the game. Despite this, the Indian team continues to receive flak from fans and critics alike whenever they don’t perform well.

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“Surya came down the order, Axar was promoted and KL Rahul batted at No.4, that was the talking point of the game. Please look at Australia’s batting order consistently. When Maxwell returns that’s how they will use him as well. Because they are players who can create impact. Suryakumar Yadav is also one such player. He plays spin really well. Australia won that’s why it didn’t become a talking point but Marnus Labuschagne who bats at No.4 had to bat at No.5 because of David Warner. If they had lost the game, these questions would have been asked. It’s decided based on the situation of the game, it’s a hunch call.”

“There is almost a compulsion that India should always win. There is an opinion that India is the strongest team. We are a strong team, no doubt about that but somewhere down the line, we assume ourselves to be an invincible cricketing nation. So the feedback coming from the public sometimes can be harsh. Even experts are very harsh with their criticisms these days.”

While the loss might have hurt India’s early preparations for the World Cup 2023, there is still a lot of time in the coveted tournament for the Men In Blue to get back in momentum and find the perfect playing eleven.

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