It Is A Great Story That You Come Back After 3-4 Years And Straight Away Walk Into The Team – Ravichandran Ashwin On T20 World Cup 2021 Selection

Ravichandran Ashwin

Veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, while talking about his selection in India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad, said that it is a great story that he made a comeback in the white-ball set-up after 4 years and straight away walked back into the team.

Ravichandran Ashwin had played his last T20I in 2017 against West Indies before representing the Men In Blue in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. He played the games against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia and bagged 6 wickets.

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Meanwhile, Ashwin said that he always wanted to be part of the Indian T20I team in the World Cup and he believed that he was one of the better T20 bowlers in India.

“See, I know there are going to be external noises. It is a great story that you come back after three-four years and straight away walk into the World Cup team.

“I wanted to be there and I always believed I was still one of the better T20 bowlers going around in the country, if not in the world. Rather than belief, I knew that was the case,” said Ashwin to Times of India.

I got the communication before the T20 World Cup that they are looking at me – Ravichandran Ashwin

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Ravichandran Ashwin Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

The veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who is part of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, said that he got aligned with what the Indian captain and selectors needed for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. He added that the selectors had communicated with him before the tournament and informed him about his selection.

“It was always going to be about perception… what the selectors thought and what the captain required. I got aligned to what the team needs. I got the communication before the T20 World Cup that they are looking at me. I was preparing for it,” added the senior off-spinner.

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Shaheen Afridi Reveals His Favourite Wicket From T20 World Cup 2021 Clash Against India

Shaheen Afridi Reveals His Favourite Wicket From T20 World Cup 2021 Clash Against India

Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi, who won the ‘Player of the Match’ award in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 game against India, has revealed his favourite wicket from the battle against the arch-rivals.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl first against India in the high-profile game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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Shaheen Afridi. Image: Twitter

Pace bowling sensation Shaheen Afridi bowled the first over of the match and he dismissed senior opening batsman Rohit Sharma on golden duck in the 4th ball of the over.

In his second over he castled Indian opening batsman KL Rahul, with a beautiful delivery, and Rahul was able to score just 3 runs off 8 balls. Then he went on to dismiss India’s No.3 Virat Kohli in the 19th over of the match and he registered the figures of 3/31.

Rahul’s wicket was the favourite one – Shaheen Afridi

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The 21-year-old was asked which amongst KL Rahul or Rohit Sharma was his favourite dismissal in the World Cup clash against India to which he replied by saying that Rahul’s wicket was his favourite because he was not expecting the ball to move “that much”. Speaking on Pakistani journalist Mazher Arshad’s YouTube channel, Afridi said:

 “Rahul’s wicket was the favourite one. I think I wasn’t even expecting the ball to move in that much after pitching. It was my second over only and generally, the ball doesn’t move that much in the first couple of overs. “

Shaheen Afridi, Virat Kohli
Shaheen Afridi, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

Notably, Chasing the 152-run target against India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan remained unbeaten and helped the team win the game by 10 wickets. Also, that was Pakistan’s first victory in the World Cup game against the Indian team.

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We Represent The Country And Fight For The Country – Mohammed Shami Opens Up On Facing Online Abuse After T20 World Cup 2021 Loss To Pakistan

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Senior Indian right-arm speedster Mohammed Shami has opened up on facing online abuse after India’s 10-wicket defeat against Pakistan National Cricket Team in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

Indian pacer Shami became the main target of the online trolls after India’s humiliating defeat against the arch-rivals Babar Azam-led Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, which eventually led to India’s exit from the marquee tournament.

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Shami’s social media was bombarded with hate messages, labelling him as a traitor and alleging he had taken money from Pakistan. However, almost every famous Indian cricketer came out in support of Shami and former Indian captain Virat Kohli bashed the online trolls during a press conference.

Don’t Need To Prove Anything To Anyone – Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami with Virat Kohli

In an interview with the Indian Express, pacer Mohammed Shami said that the people who trolled him after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 were neither “real fans nor were they real Indians”.

Mohammed Shami further added that the online trolls are “nobodies” and they have nothing to lose and the players should ignore them.

When people with unknown social media profiles or even one with a few followers point fingers at someone, they don’t have anything to lose, For them, nothing is at stake because they are nobodies… we don’t need to engage with them.”

Shami added that he represents India at the international level and doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone.

“We know what we are, we don’t need to say what India means to us because we represent the country and fight for the country. So we don’t need to prove anything to anyone by saying or reacting to such trolls.”

Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami. Image Credits: Twitter

While talking about the Indian pace battery, the senior speedster said:

“With the kind of Test match bowling we have now, I don’t think we ever had such a period in our cricketing history ”

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