Indian cricket team finally found the right combination of players to procure a result in this T20 World Cup. In the match against Afghanistan, their batters performed as a unit, with the middle-order complementing the Opening batsmen by finishing off the innings in a great manner. However, the real difference was seen in the bowling unit by the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin.
The veteran off-spinner was making a comeback to white-ball cricket after 4 years took no time to make an impact on the game. With his fabulous lines and lengths, he reminded the Indian fans of what they had been missing for such a long time. Ashwin picked up 2 wickets in his 4 overs and only conceded 14 runs at an economy of 3.5 to architect India’s victory in the second inning. Such was the tightness in his bowling that Afghanistan players failed to score a single boundary in his 4 overs. This was the 5th time Ashwin did not concede a boundary in a T20I match.
Talking about the return of the veteran, PTI reports Virat Kohli saying, “The return of Ashwin was the biggest positive, it was something he has worked really hard for.” Kohli further commenting on the pitch and conditions said that it was a better wicket than the two they had betted on in their previous games. This allowed Indian batters to play free-flowing cricket and put the opposition under pressure.
This win was much needed for the Indian side. they are still far from making it to the semi-final, as winning all their match won’t guarantee that. They will also require some other team’s fixtures to go in their way too.