India’s sensational bowler Ravichandran Ashwin finally talked about India’s heartbreaking defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the World Test Championship final. The Kane Williamson-led side won the high-voltage match by 8 wickets to become the World Champions.
Though two full days were washed out because of the rain in Southampton, the Indian cricket team failed to put up resistance. Ravi Ashwin, the experienced bowler, had picked up 4 wickets in the final match.
Now in his latest YouTube video, R Ashwin admitted that things didn’t go India’s way despite giving their best shot and New Zealand were too good. He also admitted that the WTC loss was particularly disappointing for the Test specialists. He said:
“I felt that the Southampton match would be important to players. It would have been a great moment to win the World Test Championship (WTC) final for those playing the Test format and ones who missed the World Cup last year. Certain things didn’t go our way. I thought the 6th day would be of no use, but it was useful, and we got a result.”
Ashwin also heaped praises on the winners and congratulated them on winning their maiden ICC Trophy and becoming the World Champions. He said:
“They were well-deserved winners. They were in the game throughout, constantly swinging the ball. We gave our best shot. The rub of the green didn’t go our way. England is not an easy place to travel and take wickets or score runs instantly. We had a month’s break after the IPL and didn’t play any games. Not giving excuses, we gave out best sho,t but it didn’t happen, and it was disappointing.”
Further, Ashwin also expressed how he felt after team India ended up on the losing side. He revealed that the defeat was unexpected and he was numb after losing the game. He said:
“I was numb after the match ended, wondering what had happened. Even on the last day, I believed we were in the match. The lbw of Kane Williamson, ball tracker showed the ball was missing. It was unexpected. Match got over and it was upsetting. Obviously fans are disappointed and rightly so. A billion Indians were looking forward to some good news after the lockdown and such stuff. But it did not happen. Fingers crossed. Just hoping we can win some other ICC tournament.”
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin along with team India will be next seen playing against England in the upcoming 5-match test series.