Ashish Nehra questioned Delhi Capitals’ captain Rishabh Pant’s tactics and said the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should have completed his 4 overs against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on Thursday.
Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra questioned Rishabh Pant’s decision of not letting off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin complete his quota of four overs in their IPL 2021 match against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday in Mumbai, which Delhi Capitals lost by three wickets.
Ashish Nehra: DC Should Have Won The Game If Ravichandran Ashwin Bowled An Over More
Ravichandran Ashwin was brilliant with the ball as he conceded just 14 runs in his first three overs at an economy of 4.7. He couldn’t complete his spell of four overs as skipper Rishabh Pant preferred to go with Marcus Stoinis instead which turned out to be an expensive move.
Marcus Stonis bowled just one over (13th) and gave away 15 runs as David Miller smashed him for a hat-trick of boundaries. That particular over provided the much-needed push to RR who won the game despite losing half of their batters in the first 10 overs.
After the match, Ashish Nehra was of the opinion that there were more reasons than one for Ravichandran Ashwin to complete his four overs before Marcus Stoinis came on to bowl.
“Ravichandran Ashwin bowled just three overs. In the chase of 148-run target, there was a phase when Rajasthan Royals had lost 5 top-order batters and two left-handers – David Miller and Rahul Tewatia – were at the crease.
“You could have used Ashwin then. When Tewatia got out and Miller and Morris paired up, then you had the choice to deploy Ashwin. Royals were six down then and had Ashwin taken another on at that point of time, DC would have won the game there itself,” Nehra told Cricbuzz.
Ricky Ponting, the head coach also admitted that spinner Ravichandran Ashwin not completing his four overs is a ‘mistake on their behalf’ despite just giving 14 runs in his three overs.
Ashish Nehra: Before Handing An Over To Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin Should Have Completed His Spell
Ashish Nehra said he wouldn’t have minded had Rishabh Pant thrown the ball had there been right-handers like Sanju Samson or Riyan Parag at the crease but it was two left-handers David Miller and Rahul Tewatia batting.
“So Rather than handing one over to Marcus Stoinis, under such circumstances, I would have preferred to go with Ashwin. If it was Riyan Parag or Sanju Samson at the crease with an asking rate was 9-10 runs per over and you didn’t give an over to Ravi Ashwin thinking that he might get hit for 2-3 sixes, that’s a completely different thing.
“Before handing an over to Stoinis, Ashwin should have completed his 4-over spell,” he added.
Back in the team, left-handed batsman David Miller produced a 62-run knock and it was followed by Chris Morris’ cameo of 36 runs off just 18 balls as Royals defeated Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium. Earlier, MOM RR pacer Jaydev Unadkat returned with figures of 3/15 in 4 overs which included wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ajinkya Rahane.
RR required 27 off the last 2 over. The 19th over then swung the momentum in RR’s favour as Chris Morris clubbed two sixes off Kagiso Rabada to bring down the target to 12 runs off the final over. DC opted to give Tom Curran the responsibility to defend those 12 runs. But Chris Morris, as calm as ever, hit two sixes off the England pacer and got RR over the line.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 150/7 (David Miller 62, Chris Morris 36*; Avesh Khan 3/32) beat Delhi Capitals 147/8 (Rishabh Pant 51, Tom Curran 21; Jaydev Unadkat 3/15) by 3 wickets.