I Live By the Sword and Die By It: Ashwin

Written by Abhishek Patil

Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin played yet another crucial role in their side’s 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals, picking up 2 for 24 from his four overs. Ashwin had also played a crucial role with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 17 off 4 balls to push Punjab to 182.

Looking back at his Man of the Match award winning performance, and his ever increasing list of variations, Ashwin said, “For me, it’s about getting various lengths with different speeds. As a spinner you have to reinvent the wheel all the time. Trying to get the batsman with under cutter, reverse carrom… I live by the sword and die by it, I’ve worked on a lot of things despite people actually calling me for trying too many things, but I kept on going,” Ashwin said at the post-match presentation.

“It’s very tough to defend here (Mohali) as the wicket generally gets better in the second half. We probably thought we were 10-15 runs short on this pitch but Arshdeep bowled really well in the first few overs.


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