ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Ravi Ashwin reveals ‘I ran outside the dressing room’ when Virat Kohli mistimed a pull shot
Ravi Ashwin bowled superbly against Australia at Chepauk Stadium.
Team India had a great start to their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign as they defeated Australia by six wickets at Chepauk. Virat Kohli (85) and KL Rahul (97*) took India out of the crisis and chased down a modest total of 200 runs. Australian bowlers did make Indian fans a little worried when they picked up the first three wickets inside three overs. They also put down an opportunity to dismiss Virat Kohli when he was just at the start of a partnership with KL Rahul.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin revealed about the tension on Virat Kohli’s mistimed shot brought to the dressing room. When India’s score was 20/3, Virat Kohli tried to play a pull shot against Josh Hazlewood in the 8th over, but he mistimed it. Kohli’s shot went in the air to the leg side, where Mitchell Marsh was running in. Marsh put that down to give India a lifeline, and Virat Kohli went on to play a match-winning innings against Australia.
Ravi Ashwin reveals the tension in dressing room
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran revealed during the post-match chat with Star Network that he was almost out of the dressing room. Ashwin said, “When I saw Virat Kohli’s ball go up in the air, I ran outside the dressing room. I literally ran all the way outside. I didn’t know what to do. I was like, Just wake me up when it’s all over. It was that sort of feeling.” Virat’s dropped catch was a game-changing moment for India.
Ravichandran Ashwin also added that he came back once he heard the crowd roaring and cheering. He said, “The moment the crowd erupted, I ran back into the dressing room. I stood in the same place for the entire inning. My feet are actually in pain.” Indian fans were in cruel shock when Shreyas Iyer lost his wicket while attempting a pull shot. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul went on to add 165 runs for the 4th wicket and scripted a win for India.
Ishan Kishan (0), Rohit Sharma (0), and Shreyas Iyer (0) all got out cheaply and put India in trouble. Indian spinners had a wonderful game at Chepauk, as Ravindra Jadeja (3/28), Kuldeep Yadav (2/42), and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/34) took crucial wickets and restricted Australia to 199 runs. Team India will play their next game against Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday, October 11th.