Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has opened up India’s campaign in the T20 World Cup 2022 so far, saying that they haven’t reached this far this easily. India are still atop Group 1 points table with six points in four games.
They began their campaign two consecutive wins against Pakistan and Zimbabwe, respectively. However, they winning run was stopped by South Africa, who had the Men in Blue a shocking defeat before India edged out Bangladesh in a low-scoring thriller.
Ahead of the match, Ravichandran Ashwin was asked by an Indian journalist if the Men in Blue have had an easy path to the semi-finals in Group 2 while referring to Ponting’s statement of them not being at their best but now are in a position to top the group.
Responding to the query, the veteran spinner said, “Aasani se nahi pahunche (We have not had it easy.) We have had quite tricky games, be it against Bangladesh or Pakistan – all these games went down to the wire. I hope it changes from here.”
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“The game is divided by such small margins” – Ravichandran Ashwin on uncertainties in T20 cricket
Ravichandran Ashwin said that the format and the tournament cricket has taken the former cricketers and even the experts by surprise with the uncertainties it has thrown this tournament.
“Even people watching the game, giving their expert opinion, are still learning the ropes. The game is divided by such small margins. I’ve spoken to ex-cricketers and experts. They themselves feel they are catching up with the pace of the game.
“It would be unfair to say that a team has not stepped up or is not looking at its best. It’s on the day how you are going to counter a plan that is delivered. It’s then and there – how well you execute your skills. I would say make a review after the game, which is much better.”
India will lock horns with Zimbabwe in their final Super 12 game on Sunday, November 6.