Former Chennai Super Kings off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin recalled the best three balls of his career that he bowled to Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batsman, Chris Gayle in the IPL 2011 final. Ashwin’s magical deliveries helped CSK dismiss the danger man early as they recorded their second consecutive IPL win.
Ashwin was an integral part of the south Indian franchise in the first few years of the IPL. However, he lost his mojo and the team management did not decide to retain him. He became a part of Kings XI Punjab two years ago while this year, he will represent the Delhi Capitals.
I bowled the best balls of my career to Chris Gayle: R Ashwin
Talking about the golden moments of his IPL career during a recent live session with Delhi Capitals, Ashwin said:
“I remember a similar ball to Jesse Ryder in the same IPL where Jesse stepped out and hit me for a six. The common mistake a lot of batsmen make is that they try and think that a lot of bowlers don’t think and they react to deliveries but I don’t do that.”
Everyone knows that Ashwin is a smart player who loves to keep testing the opposition batsmen’s skills. Like Ryder, he trapped Gayle in the finale. Ashwin continued:
“If you hit me for a six, I try and stay as attacking as possible, and I knocked over Jesse Ryder with an arm ball the very next ball. Likewise, I imagined something for Chris and it worked. I couldn’t believe it myself. One of the finest three-ball sets that I have bowled in my career.”
Thus, in this manner, the former Indian ODI star recalled the best time of his white-ball career.