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IPL 2022: Ravichandran Ashwin Performed Admirably – Mohammad Kaif On His Fifty Against Delhi Capitals

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Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif thinks Ravichandran Ashwin should have performed correctly with the batting against the Delhi Capitals in Wednesday’s IPL match. On a difficult track for stroke-making, Kaif thinks Ashwin played effectively.

The Rajasthan Royals elevated Ashwin to number three as they had done in the previous several matches, and the off-spinner surpassed hopes with the willows. After Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal were dismissed cheaply, the veteran hit a 38-ball fifty. He led the Royals in scoring with 53 runs off 36 deliveries with Devdutt Padikkal.

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Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo: IPL)

In the absence of Shimron Hetmyer, Kaif argued that moving Ashwin up the order was a calculated decision. Mohammad Kaif praised Ashwin’s ability to adapt to a difficult pitch, saying:

“The Rajasthan Royals are playing a game of horses for courses, going with the flow of the game. It was all part of the plan, with Samson going down to complete the game while Hetmyer was away. Because it was difficult to bat because the ball was stopping on the pitch, Ashwin played his part to perfection.”

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“David Warner also had a few near calls, with the ball flying into the air and landing on the stumps without the bails falling off. As a result, it was not an easy wicket to bat on, and I was impressed with Ashwin’s batting.”

‘The Rajasthan Royals are under pressure’: Mohammad Kaif

The pressure is on the Royals, according to Mohammad Kaif, who could lose their final two games due to the format’s unpredictability.

Shimron Hetmyer’s final touches, Kaif said, were crucial for them “They’re feeling the heat because they’re down 14 points. The Gujarat Titans have an 18-point lead. They may even lose two games at 14 because anything can happen in a T20 scenario.”

Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder
Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder. Image: IPL

“They need Hetmyer back in the lineup because no one else can bat at his position. Padikkal and Ashwin both died while looking for the big shot.”

On the 15th of may, Samson and company will meet the Lucknow Super Giants at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

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