Team India pacer Avesh Khan has made a roaring comeback after a couple of tough games against West Indies in the ongoing five-match T20I series. His bowling performance led India to a 59-run victory in the fourth T20I on Saturday, August 6 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. The Rohit Sharma-led team now has an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the series.
Avesh Khan faced a lot of criticism from the fans after he failed to defend 10 runs off the last over in the second T20I. The pacer also faltered in the third T20I, conceding 47 runs in three overs at an economy rate of 15.7. However, the Indian team backed Avesh Khan to make a comeback, and he repaid their faith. In the fourth T20I, the youngster took crucial wickets to break the back of the West Indies’ chase.
The Nicholas Pooran-led team needed 192 runs in the second innings to equal the series scoreline. However, they failed to counter Avesh Khan’s shrewd bowling. The Indian pacer dismissed Brandon King and Devon Thomas in the innings. He finished the match with bowling figures of 2/17 in his four overs. His performance earned him the Player of the Match award.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2022
Team India won the match by a huge margin of 59 runs. Arshdeep Singh picked three wickets, while Axar Patel and Ravi Bishnoi picked a couple of wickets each. Avesh Khan’s spirited comeback in the fourth T20I impressed the experts as well as the fans, who lauded his performance.
Let’s take a look at how the fans reacted to Avesh Khan’s performance:
Avesh Khan in the 3rd T20i – 0/47 in 3 overs.
Avesh Khan in the 4th T20i – 2/17 in 4 overs with Man Of The Match Award.
– An excellent comeback by Avesh!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) August 6, 2022
— LevelUp11 (@Levelup_11) August 6, 2022
A good comeback from @Avesh_6 , as someone said there is no selection but rejection in indian team, rohit is breaking the stereotype, giving time for players and backing them up. Congrats on the win team india👏👏👏 @BCCI #INDvsWI#INDvsWIt20
— Seong Gi-Hun (@playerno_456) August 6, 2022
— 𝒱𝒶𝒾𝓈𝒽 ♡ (@thesleepyhead05) August 6, 2022
🏏🔥 SPITTING FIRE! Avesh Khan picked up the wickets of Brandon King & Devon Thomas.
💪 A fine spell from him!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) August 6, 2022
Avesh Khan mixing his pace and succeeding. This was something missing in this series for him. The slower ones are fetching him the wickets. #WIvIND
— Jigar Mehta (@jigsactin) August 6, 2022
Credit to Avesh's mental strength. Two horrible games followed by the Player-of-the-Match award. Well done young man ❤️
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) August 6, 2022
Avesh Khan won the player of the match, great return after having some tough games in this series.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 6, 2022
Avesh man of the match
What a story#AveshKhan
— Prakash Rajput (@PRINCER37730198) August 7, 2022
— Siddharth Jha (@Siddhar18240017) August 6, 2022
We do understand his quality: Rohit Sharma praises Avesh Khan’s performance in the fourth T20I
Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma was all praise for his pacer Avesh Khan, who pulled off a brilliant comeback in the fourth T20I. He expressed that the team understands Avesh Khan’s talent and qualify and backed him to come good. Rohit added that the pacer used the conditions well which reaped him rewards. Speaking post-match, the Indian skipper said,
“We do understand his talent and anyone can have one or two bad days. We do understand his quality and we need to keep that in mind. When we talk about certain things, you actually want to go out there and do it as well, which is to give players enough game time in the middle and he is fantastic. He used the conditions really well; he used his variations and height really well. So, that was very pleasing to see.”