‘I was told I’ll play in powerplay…’: Ashwin’s quirky response about his knock | Cricket

Ravichandran Ashwin confirmed that Chennai Super Kings’ Moin Ali scored 40 * off 23 balls to help Rajasthan Royals reach the top-2 in their last IPL league match on Friday. Ashwin, who was promoted to middle order, helped the Rajasthan to 151 for two with two boundaries and three sixes to help Rajagopal manage the match. Full coverage of IPL 2022

The cunning off-spinner returned to 1/28 in his four overs but Ashwin made waves with his batting exploits. In his latest IPL spell with Rajasthan, the 35-year-old has already scored 183 runs in 14 matches with an impressive strike rate of 146.40. Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson praised Ashwin for his performance and said he has “made us a better all-rounder”. But for Ashwin, the process is important. He credits the team’s preparation and support for their growing hitting.

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Asked about his batting performance against Chennai, Ashwin came up with a quirky comment. “I was told I would play on the powerplay but not in death,” he said in a post-match presentation.

Ashwin said his farm with the bat had fallen short of the Rajasthan management’s clear cut. “It feels like a million dollars. It was a special day for us. It was important to finish with a win and get two cherries. Communication was clear before the season.

“I don’t have enough energy. I have to pay tribute to Shreyasu Rajamani (Prabhu, Strength Specialist) and Jubin Bharucha. I want to play the game, it’s a sign of respect.

Ashwin hit 16 off his first over during batting powerplay, giving up just 12 runs to finish with 1/28 in his next three overs. He spoke of his method in lesser form.

Ashwin explained, “In T20, you can’t chase wickets. I have to take the batting risks. Sometimes, they don’t and I have to bowl to the other end. .

Rajasthan, who finished second in the league rankings overtaking the Lucknow Super Giants at run-rate, will face the league-leading Gujarat Titans on Tuesday for a straight shot in the final. Lucknow’s opponent Delhi Capitals will know after meeting the Mumbai Indians on Saturday in the playoffs Eliminator to be held on Wednesday.

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