Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Credits: Twitter

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill hailed Indian spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin and called him a wily bowler. On Wednesday, India won the first T20I match against New Zealand by five wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Guptill top-scored for New Zealand with his glittering 42-ball 70, laced with three fours and four sixes.

Guptill was involved in an ebullient 109-run stand with Mark Chapman before Ashwin got the breakthrough for India in the 14th over.

Mark Chapman and Martin Guptill
Mark Chapman and Martin Guptill. Creidts: BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin has great control of his line and length: Martin Guptill

Ashwin tossed the ball with his flight to knock off Chapman’s stumps, and the very next ball trapped Glenn Phillips before the wicket using his trademark carrom ball.

The Tamil Nadu spinner ended his four-over spell with the figures of 2/23 at an economy rate of 5.8.

Guptill, who has faced Ashwin over the years in his career, said that it is difficult to play his line and length.

“He’s a wily bowler, he’s got great control of his line and length, and he just doesn’t bowl bad balls. I don’t remember him bowling me any bad bowls throughout his career,” Guptill said in the post-match press conference.

Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill. Credits: BCCI

“He’s just very difficult to get away, you know, his change of pace is so subtle and so well-controlled, he’s just very hard to get away from,” he added.

You can’t miss your lengths in T20s: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashwin said one cannot afford to miss their lengths in the shortest format, and bowling slower balls helped him.

“The slower you bowled, there was more purchase you got on this pitch. If you hit the seam and tossed it up, it did do things like Santner showed in the second innings.

“It’s tricky in T20s, you can’t miss your lengths, and you don’t know when to toss it up, but here it did help to give it some air,” Ashwin said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) helped India to chase the score of 165 in the final over.

India will play the second T20I against New Zealand on November 19 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

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