Despite only bowling a single over against his former team, Ravichandran Ashwin made a lasting impact before the fateful injury. The off-spinner injured his shoulder and had to be taken off the field during Delhi Capitals nervy win over Kings XI Punjab.
After sealing the first points on the table, Shreyas Iyer revealed during the post-match presentation that Ravichandran Ashwin claims to be ready for the next game against yet another of his former franchises, Chennai Super Kings. Iyer added that despite the player’s claims, it is the physio who will take the call. The Delhi Capital skipper said:
“I briefly spoke to Ashwin, and he says he’ll be ready for the next game, but in the end, the physio is going to decide,”
Defending a tricky total of 158, Ashwin looked in menacing touch with a wicket of his very first delivery. The former Kings XI Punjab skipper dismissed Karun Nair of the maiden delivery of the sixth over. He followed it up with a beauty of a delivery to get through Nicholas Pooran’s defence and get him bowled for a duck before disaster struck.
In the final ball of the over, Ashwin dived to save the ball from going past him and hurt his shoulder in the process. The player was seen grimacing in pain as the physio worked on the shoulder. In the end, Ashwin had to leave the field with the commentators commenting on the possibility of a dislocated shoulder.
Used to game turning in different directions claims Iyer
Narrowly securing the two points after a decisive super-over, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer said that the team is used to the game changing directions multiple times. He added:
It was difficult to see the game turning in different directions. We are used to this. Even last season we faced these. KG is the winning performer, and the way Stoinis batted was game-changing. Our top-order batsmen are difficult to stop like Prithvi.
It was important for us to get wickets, since the total was small, and I knew if I saved KG’s over for the end it would be helpful. Ashwin’s over was a key one, and it changed the game in our favour, but that’s what T20 cricket is.