Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a chat with Harsha Bhogle reveals how he let down MS Dhoni. Ashwin talked about an incident of Champions League 2010 when he couldn’t secure a target of 23 runs in Super Over.
Ravichandran Ashwin emerged as one of the best off-spinner from CSK. He made his debut for CSK in IPL 2009. He was also part of CSK’s winning team in IPL 2010 and IPL 2011.
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Ashwin was also the part of Chennai Super Kings when they won the Champions League in 2010 and 2014. He talking with Harsha Bhogle reveals an incident of Champions League 2010 when he let down MS Dhoni. Talking about that Ashwin Revealed
“We were playing in South Africa against the Victoria Bushrangers. The game ended in a Super Over. I think I ended up with a wicket, I can’t recall. I think Raina bowled the last over and got us into a Super Over. We were standing in a huddle, Fleming just ran, there was a quick meet up. As they were all talking, I just put my hand up and said I want to bowl the Super Over. There was Doug Bollinger, there was Murali, but nobody volunteered for that. For me it felt like an opportunity to win a game for the team.”
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Ashwin as a youngster had a huge responsibility but he couldn’t manage the pressure and leaked 23 runs in that super over and CSK lost that match.
I bowled that over, I succumbed to pressure, David Hussey hit me for a six and then I started chasing the over, I started bowling quicker and quicker. I bowled the yorkers and didn’t execute them. Now if I think back, I just tell myself – what the hell have you done?
You wanted to bowl a Super Over, the man gave you a Super Over, CSK is a team that you wanted to be a part of, you wanted to be a performer and you have pushed your team out of the tournament now.
At last, Chennai won the Champions League defeating Warriors in the Finals. Ashwin took 13 wickets with an average of 11.69 in just 6 matches. He was also the leading wicket taken of that season of Champions League.
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