India all-rounder R Ashwin revealed an attention-grabbing dialog he had with former captain MS Dhoni after the well-known drawn Test in 2011 in opposition to West Indies in Mumbai.
R Ashwin impressed in his debut Test sequence as he had a dream run with each the bat and the ball, choosing up 22 wickets within the 3-Test affair and scoring 123 runs, together with 100 within the last Test.
India had been 2-Zero up and had been on the right track to finish a 3-Zero sweep of the West Indies at house. Ashwin scored 100 within the first innings of the Mumbai Test and helped India put up 482 after West Indies had amassed 590 within the first innings.
Ashwin picked up four wickets within the 2nd innings as he partnered with Prayan Ojha who took 6 to assist bowl out West Indies for 134 within the 2nd innings.
India had been wanting set to gun down a 243-run goal after a robust begin from Virender Sehwag and tremendous middle-order contribution from Virat Kohli. However, a late collapse meant India had been left to chase Three runs within the last over of the Test match with simply 1 wicket in hand.
Ashwin, who was batting with tail-ender Varun Aaron, couldn’t take the group previous the end line as a mix-up meant Aaron was run-out within the last ball. India completed with 242, one run wanting the goal.
Speaking to Pakistan journalist Mazher Arshad on YouTube, Ashwin revealed why he declined a single within the penultimate ball of the ultimate over of the match bowled by Fidel Edwards and the way MS Dhoni advised him a couple of completely different strategy the off-spinner may have adopted within the tense last over.
“In the final innings, we looked good to chase, but all of a sudden, we had a collapse,” Ashwin mentioned.
“I found myself batting with the tail. It was very interesting because I had a hundred in the first innings. Second innings, I was again batting well. I was 20-odd. I was left with Varun Aaron at the other end, and I think it might have been two balls, two runs to get… we had two wickets in hand.
“I did not wish to threat going for an enormous shot, after which, the subsequent batsman coming in and getting out – we may lose the Test match, from being ready of energy, it was not even 50-50,” he said.
“So I blocked that ball from Fidel Edwards as a result of it was swinging properly and the possibilities of a No.11 getting out was fairly excessive.
“It was the calculation I’d put in my head; it was all coming from how much first-class cricket I had played, and whatever I believed was the right decision to make.”
“I still believe it was the right decision to make. When I hit the ball to long-on, it really went quick and straight to the fielder, so the chance to run for two was not there. It was quite an interesting game.
“After the sport, MS Dhoni got here to me and mentioned, ‘You may have taken an opportunity within the earlier ball. Probably taken a single, and let Varun Aaron slog one off the final ball’. So yeah, that is hindsight.”
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