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Twitterati Couldn’t Keep Calm When Ravi Ashwin Did A Mushfiqur And Then Almost A MS Dhoni

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On Sunday, Karnata defeated their bitter rivals Tamil Nadu, by one run to win the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Karnataka defeated Tamil Nadu in the most thrilling way and in the process, it also became the only team in history to win the tournament in succession.

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However, Tamil Nadu’s spinner, Ravi Ashwin’s performance and the way he expressed his emotions at the final, became the highlight of the day. Ravichandran Ashwin almost turned the tables by taking the wickets of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul off consecutive deliveries in the 5th over.

It was an eye-treat for the fans to watch Ravi Ashwin celebrate in an Imran Tahir-esque way. He ran around the ground in delight. Ravi Ashwin’s 5th over was exactly what the final needed to be to make everyone sit on the edge of their seats. An Indian player showing his emotions in a domestic tournament brought the whole finale to life.

Ravichandran Ashwin finished the game with figures of 2/34 as Karnataka would post 180/5 in their 20 overs. Ashwin was next called up with the bat, with his team needing 30 off 17 balls.

With Tamil Nadu needed only 13 to win off the last over, Ravi Ashwin was on strike to Krishnappa Gowtham. At the other hand, it was Vijay Shankar, with Ravi Ashwin deciding to go for a double off the last ball of the 19th over.

He smashed two fours off Gowtham and then the audience witnessed him ‘punching in the air’ as the equation was brought down to 5 needed off 4 balls. However, the celebration turned out to be premature, just like how Mushfiqur Rahim’s celebration had been in 2016 vs India.

Ravichandran Ashwin took off his helmet for the last over, with Gowtham’s spin to deal with – doing a MS Dhoni here. Later, as his team needed only 3 runs to win off the last ball, he went ahead to take off his leg guard as well. However, Ashwin could score 2 runs by taking singles and Karnataka won by 1 run.

Twitter was flooded with reactions on Ravichandran’s performance, here, have a look at how Twitterati reacted:

 

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