Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recently opened up on Team India’s recent performance. He believes that Men in Blue still need to learn and implement a lot of new things in the T20 format. His remarks came after the Men in Blue’s humiliating T20 World Cup ouster following a ten-wicket defeat to the eventual champions England in the semis.
Ravichandran Ashwin opens up on Team India’s performance in T20 cricket
Ashwin’s key areas of focus were the Orange and Purple Caps that are awarded in the IPL each year and he mentioned that the move of only highlighting the volume of runs scored and wickets taken needs a bit of rethinking.
“I feel we have a long way to go in understanding T20 cricket. It’s important to know how the end user is consuming the game. Based on that only the rest of the things will start happening. Let’s start with the IPL itself,” said Ashwin while speaking on his YouTube channel.
“We have orange and purple caps. Both have a significant volume when it comes to the IPL. It talks about volume of runs and volume of wickets. Whether we need a rethink on that itself is my thought,” he added.
Team India had also failed to qualify for the Asia Cup final this year as they crashed out from the Super 4 following losses against arch-rivals Pakistan and the eventual champions Sri Lanka.
However, the Men in Blue have been really successful in bilateral T20I series and not lost any home or away series in the last 12 months.
Ashwin finished the T20 World Cup with six wickets from as many games and his best performance in the tournament came during India’s final Super 12 fixture against Zimbabwe where he registered figures of 3/22 in his four overs at an economy rate of 5.50.
Team India are currently touring New Zeland for a three-match T20I series and as many ODIs. Both head Coach Dravid and captain Rohit have been rested for the tour. In their absence, VVS Laxman has taken over as head coach while Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan will be captains in the T20Is and ODIs respectively.
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