Veteran India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was seen in the Indian blue after a long time on Monday. Although it was a warm-up match against England, the sight of seeing Ashwin in the Indian limited-overs jersey was a pleasing one for his fans and friends. Even his daughter had expressed surprise at him wearing this jersey since she had never seen her Appa wear this before.
Ashwin was at his street-smart best in the T20 encounter against England at the ICC Ground in Dubai. While he failed to pick up a wicket, on a surface where the Men in Blue chased down a massive target of 189 with one over to spare, Ash was India's most economical bowler, conceding 23 runs in his 4 overs.
In an incident from his spell which is now going viral, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was caught on the stump mic asking him to bowl a leg-spin delivery with a right-handed duo out in the middle. Pant was heard saying, "Armaan pura karne ka yahi mauka hai. Leg spin karne ka. Mauka bhi hai, dastoor bhi hai."
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Talking about the match, each of India's three wicketkeeping options- Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan- with perhaps the greatest India wicketkeeper batter MS Dhoni as the Team Mentor, put up an inspiring performance which suggests that India could be a force to reckon with in the competition.
While Pant finished off the chase with an unbeaten 29 from 14, the chase was set up beautifully by KL Rahul's 51 from 24 and Ishan Kishan's 46-ball 70 before Kishan was retired hurt to allow other batters a go. Virat and Suryakumar Yadav failed to make an impact with the bat while Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a poor day on the field with the ball in hand, leaking 54 runs without taking a single wicket.
Mohammed Shami was the stand-out performer in the bowling department, scalping three wickets while Mumbai Indians duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar picked a wicket each. The Men in Blue will play their next warm-up game against Australia at the same venue on October 20. This is set to be an afternoon (3:30 pm IST) start.