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Rohit Sharma praises Ravichandran Ashwin

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Rohit Sharma praises Ravichandran Ashwin

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Indian captain Rohit Sharma said that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is always the attacking option when the team needs wickets in the middle overs in T20 Internationals. Rohit, the new captain of T20, termed the team’s bowling as the biggest positive aspect in the 3-0 win against New Zealand.

The 35-year-old Ashwin, who returned to the limited-overs side after four years in the T20 World Cup earlier this month, had an impressive performance in the three-match series against New Zealand and took wickets in the middle overs. Did it

“He is always an aggressive option for any captain,” Rohit said in a press conference after his 73-run win in the third T20I. When you have a bowler like him in the team, it gives you an opportunity to take wickets in the middle overs and we know how important this phase is.

He said, ‘He has made a great comeback since playing in Dubai. He is a great bowler and we all know that very well.

Rohit said, “Over the years he has proved himself in Test matches and even in limited overs cricket, his record is not bad. The way he bowled in the two matches here in Dubai and here shows his ability.

Ashwin took two for 23 in four overs in Jaipur and one for 19 in Ranchi. Together with Axar Patel, he had stopped the run flow in the middle overs.

Rohit said, ‘You know that in the middle overs you need to control the run rate and get wickets and Ashwin along with Axar did that for us. Both of these are wicket-taking options in the middle overs. So the presence of bowlers like him provides good options for a captain.

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Asked how Rahul Dravid and how he got the team back on the winning track after a poor performance in the T20 World Cup, Rohit said, “We are trying to create a healthy atmosphere inside the team. Trying to provide security to the players so that they can play freely.

“The first meeting we had, we made it very clear to every player that if you are trying to do something for the team, it will never be ignored,” he said.

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Rohit said, “It is the job of the captain and coach to tell the players what they understand and what you are trying to do for the team.”

There is no dearth of talent in India. You have many options and hence the task is not easy. You try to fit everyone in the team but can only play 11 so it is not easy.

Batting first in the third T20I, India scored 184 for seven and then bowled out New Zealand for 111 runs.

Rohit said, ‘Bowling has been the most positive aspect for us in this series. We came back really well after New Zealand’s explosive start in the first two games. It is really commendable to stop a strong New Zealand team close to 160 runs.

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