Ravi Shastri has praised Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) Ravichandran Ashwin for playing a crucial knock under pressure in the IPL 2022 match against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The former Team India head coach stated that Ravichandran Ashwin is very confident in his batting ability, which came to the fore at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday against CSK.
Rajasthan Royals needed to beat CSK in their last league game to ensure a top-two finish in the points table. Chasing 151, they were in a spot of bother at 76 for three. However, Yashasvi Jaiswal (59 off 44) and Ravichandran Ashwin (40* off 23) ensured a five-wicket win for Rajasthan. Promoted at No. 5, Ravichandran Ashwin hit an unbeaten 40 off 23 balls to go with his bowling analysis of 4-0-28-1.
Ravi Shastri: Ravichandran Ashwin Plays With Passion And Is Confident In His Batting Ability
Praising all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Shastri said that the off-spinner’s performance with the bat was the least surprising.
Ravi Shastri stated: “Ashwin is a cricketer who plays with passion. He wants to win every game. It doesn’t matter to him who the opponent is. The kind of confidence he has in his ability, you find that in very few cricketers. I know that he has a lot of confidence in his batting. His shot selection under pressure was outstanding. He targeted the right bowlers and pulled out the big strokes when needed. This is how I have seen him bat in the nets. But to take that game into the middle is not easy.”
Rajasthan has constantly promoted Ravichandran Ashwin in the batting order in the ongoing IPL 2022 season with mixed results. On Friday, he slammed two fours and three sixes at a key juncture in the game and walked away with the player of the match award.
Ravichandran Ashwin has been incredibly wonderful this season for Rajasthan Royals (RR). He’s come out to bat at number 3, he’s batted at number 5, and came out to at number 8 as well, to help his side with a finisher’s knock.
He had earlier scored his maiden IPL half-century in the T20 format for Rajasthan Royals against Delhi Capitals at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. This season, he is averaging 30.5 for Rajasthan Royals with a strike rate of 146.4 by scoring 183 runs in 14 IPL 2022 games.
Ravi Shastri: Opponents Will Be Wary Of Yashasvi Jaiswal As Well
Speaking about the other batting star of the match for Rajasthan, Ravi Shastri praised Yashasvi Jaiswal as someone who can hold his own even with a big name like Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson at the other end.
The former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri said: “RR have two matches to go now. If either Buttler or Sanju Samson fire, they can win both games. But now opponents will be wary of Jaiswal as well. What I like about Jaiswal is that he doesn’t get overawed even when batting with Buttler. If Buttler doesn’t hit, he does. This makes RR a very dangerous team.”
The young Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener scored a crucial 59 runs off 44 balls, including 8 fours and 1 six, to help Sanju Samson and Co. win the match by 5 wickets and book their spot in Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Yashasvi Jaiswal, 20, has smashed 212 runs in seven matches at an average of 30.29 and a strike rate of 135.03.
Earlier, CSK had scored 150 runs in their respective 20 overs, powered by Moeen Ali’s 93-run knock, who was supported by MS Dhoni (26 off 28), but apart from that, none of the CSK batsmen could impress.