At bat at No. 3, Ashwin smashed a 38-ball 50 against the Delhi Capitals (DC) here on Wednesday night, albeit in a losing cause.
“No license was given. Right from the start of the season, it was communicated to me correctly that I will be used as a hitter in order. We had a few practice matches where I opened as well.
“I worked a lot on my stick, so it’s good to see all that worked on translates to the field,” the veteran off-spinner said in the post-game press conference.
Talking more about the work he did ahead of the IPL, Ashwin said, “I was in good batting rhythm before the season started. I worked on my batting a bit, like tried to transfer my body , I made a small change in my technique. Pretty good impression at the time, but it didn’t come in a winning cause.
RR currently sits third in the standings with 14 points from 12 games, while DC sits fifth with 12 points from as many games.
Ashwin said RR needed to bounce back hard in their remaining two games to secure their place in the play-offs.
“The end of the tournament is still under pressure. Hopefully we can activate it and string together some wins,” he said.
Mitchell Marsh finally found his form with a full show to guide DC to a comfortable victory.
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After the bowlers limited the RR to 160 for six, Marsh’s 62 89s and David Warner’s undefeated 52 of 41 helped DC overhaul the target with 11 to spare. Marsh also picked up two wickets.
“In the power play, the ball was swinging and weaving, so it was one of the toughest power plays I’ve played since I started playing T20 cricket. We felt that we had to get through the power play unscathed,” Marsh said.
Marsh also praised fellow Australian and DC teammate David Warner.
“I love being at bat with Davey (Warner). We’ve had a lot of great partnerships.
“He’s someone I’ve looked up to for a long time now and I feel very lucky (that in the last 18 months I’ve been able to play a lot with him,” he said.
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