Virat Kohli’s heroics in the last over against arch-rivals Pakistan guided them to a memorable win. His unbeaten 82 off 53 balls is widely being hailed as his best-ever T20I knock. But, R Ashwin made a huge contribution towards the win with his bowling figures which were 3 overs none for 23 as well as with the willow. Ashwin scored the winning runs for his team but he had cursed teammate Dinesh Karthik prior to that.
R Ashwin opens up on Dinesh Karthik
The way Ashwin guessed that Pakistan left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz would aim for his pads, stood still and left the ball to collect a wide under extreme pressure spoke volumes about his presence of mind. “The moment I saw the ball going down the leg side, I decided not to have any business playing it and decided to leave it alone and got one run for the wide. As soon as I got that run, I was so relaxed,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
Karthik had attempted a slog-sweep, lost his balance and got stumped when 2 runs were needed off 2 balls. In a video uploaded by BCCI after the match, the India keeper was seen thanking Ashwin for ‘saving his life’.
The veteran off-spinner also revealed that he had cursed Dinesh Karthik for getting out in that situation, leaving him with the hard task of scoring 2 runs off the last ball. “As I walked in to bat, I cursed Dinesh Karthik for a second and then later thought, ‘No no, we still have time, let us do what we were here for’. It seemed like I was walking for ages to get to the pitch,” Ashwin said.
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