Team India faced a disappointing semi-final exit from the 2022 T20 World Cup. They lost to England by 10 wickets, failing to defend 170 runs at the Adelaide Oval. Veteran India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has opened up about the embarrassing loss, and how it let the Indian fans down. He expressed that no excuse will make one forget the loss, but also added stressed the need to move on from the loss.
India topped Group 2 in the Super 12 stage with eight points from five matches. However, in the semi-finals, they failed to carry on the momentum. The batters let down the team in the first innings, managing only 169 runs on the board. The bowlers too put up a dismal show, failing to pick up a single wicket, as England notched up a 10-wickets win.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin spoke about the semi-final in a video on his Youtube channel. He stated that the campaign cannot be termed ‘disappointing’ as the team performed well to reach the semi-finals. However, he expressed that he understands the disappointment of the fans. Ashwin said,
“Everyone would have felt bad seeing Team India not win the tournament or reach the final. I agree, it would have been shattering. I don’t think any excuse will make you forget it. Definitely, it is a disappointing moment. But we all have to move on.”
“We can’t call it a disappointing campaign. We lost in the semi-finals. Reaching the semi-finals and finals can be considered an achievement. But from an Indian fan’s point of view, and the expectations they have of this team, I totally understand the disappointment from the fans. But we players are at least 200-300 times more disappointed than what you all went through,” he added.
This is how white-ball cricket should be played: R Ashwin lauds England
The England cricket team defeated Pakistan in the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup to clinch the trophy. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin lauded the England team’s resurgence in white-ball cricket after the 2015 World Cup debacle. He expressed that under Eoin Morgan, the England team completely changed their style and have shown the world, how white-ball cricket should be played.
“Congratulations to the English cricket team. The renaissance and resurgence of the English white-ball team ever since the 2015 World Cup is nothing but inspiring. They didn’t qualify for the semi-finals in 2015. After that, under Eoin Morgan, they completely changed their style, proving to everyone that this is how white-ball cricket should be played,” said Ravichandran Ashwin.