“It Was Critical Over…”: India Star Points Out Where Things Started Going Downhill For Ravichandran Ashwin Vs Australia
Senior keeper Dinesh Karthik felt Ravichandran Ashwin was disappointed with the change of the ball, which proved soft and the Australian batsmen found it easy to score. Troubled India, who had set Australia a modest target of 76, found a glimmer of hope when Ashwin dismissed Umsan Khawaja off the second ball of the third morning.
Karthik told Cricbuzz, “Ashwin is a pace bowler, when he gets a wicket, he usually adds two-three to his spell. Ashwin bowled too many balls after the first wicket, which troubled the head.”
In fact, India were in control during those first 10 overs. Karthik explained, “Ashwin bowled really well in the first 10 overs, kept a good length, but the moment he changed that ball, he was not happy with the ball, maybe the stitches had given a little way near the leather.”
With Australia 13/1 after 10 overs, the ball developed some problems near the seam and had to be replaced. In the next over, left-armer Travis Head, who was on 5 off 22 balls, hit India’s premier off-spinner for a four and a six to regain control.
“The changed ball made a lot of difference. It was not as hard as they were expecting. Probably, if it was hard it might not have cut the ball. From then on things completely turned Australia’s way. ” With the changed ball, Ashwin conceded 13 runs in the 11th over and Karthik termed it as the “turning point” of the match.
“It was crucial in the sense that he bowled a bit of fluff to the two loose balls and from that moment on, Travis Head didn’t look back. He said that’s it, I’m on charge now. I feel good, my defense comes Used to be.” Ok. You make a small mistake and the batter pounces on it.” He added, “Yes, you are chasing a low target, so the pressure was different. But Head made sure that once he got those boundaries, there was no looking back.”
This victory confirmed Australia a place in the final of the World Test Championship. India will now face a must-win situation in the fourth and final Test starting in Ahmedabad on xx to make it to the WTC final.
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