With Suryakumar’s winning stroke, the home team ticked most of the boxes in Game 1; second T20I today
Indeed, Ashwin’s return to the T20I is long overdue. Under Virat Kohli, the cross-spinner was often overlooked, with Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, and Varun Chakravarthy getting the nod in game eleven. More recently, Ashwin has been surprisingly overlooked for crucial exits in the game. Pakistan and New Zealand in the ICC T20 World Cup, and only had a chance against the minnows.
Prove a point
With a skillful 2/23 against New Zealand in the first T20I in Jaipur on Thursday, Ashwin proved he can thrive in the shorter format. The Tamil Nadu cricketer broke a dangerous 109-point partnership between Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman, beating Chapman with a classic delivery. In the same over, he had Glenn Phillips all out at sea with his variations, before taking him out with a ball that straightened up.
The second outing at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Friday will be another chance for Ashwin to claim his claim as the country’s top T20I spinner.
Ashwin is excited to be playing under new head coach Rahul Dravid, telling the host broadcaster, “He (Dravid) won’t be leaving much to chance, and he will be focusing on the preparation and the process, so we can bring happiness back to the Indian dressing room.
Another player who has not damaged his reputation is Suryakumar Yadav. After a disappointing World Cup run, Suryakumar came back to the party with a winning game of 40 62 balls. Suryakumar may be comfortable in third place, but the Mumbaikar insisted he was ready to strike in any position to help. the team.
“I hit from the first point until the five-drop. I am happy to hit in any position. I’ve been playing # 3 for three years for my franchise (Mumbai Indians). I like to express myself in matches like I do in the net. I have been playing the same shots for two or three years. I like playing in this format, ”said Suryakumar, still confident, after his man of the match performance on Wednesday.
In Jaipur, Bhuvneshwar served as a timely reminder of what he brings to the table. He moved the new ball around the corners and beat off hitters with slower deliveries in the death.
There is still hope for comeback stories under the Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid suit.
The teams (of):
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-capt.), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand: Tim Southee (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert and Ish Sodhi.
Start of the match at 7 p.m..