India’s spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin and middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer held firm as India registered a stunning win in the 2nd Test match against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Chasing a target of 145 runs to win the game and the series by 2-0 however India’s top-order succumbed against Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who got a five-wicket haul. But Ashwin and Iyer rose to the occasion and stitched an unbeaten 71-run partnership to help team India register a win by 3 wickets.
Ravi Ashwin walked in with the Indian cricket team staring at a sure-shot defeat against Bangladesh. Half an hour after Ashwin arrived at the pitch, his bat started to talk and the situation took a 360-degree turn. Ashwin (42 off 62) had forged a match-winning stand with Shreyas Iyer (29 off 46) and bailed India out of an embarrassing situation.
After Ashwin’s match-winning knock, several current and former cricketers took to Twitter to express their emotions and congratulate Ashwin. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag also took to his Twitter and came up with an epic tweet for the veteran player. In his Tweet, Sehwag praised Ashwin for his performance, especially with the bat, in Mirpur. He wrote:
“The scientist did it. Somehow got this one. Brilliant innings from Ashwin and wonderful partnership with Shreyas Iyer.”
Check out the Tweet:
The scientist did it. Somehow got this one. Brilliant innings from Ashwin and wonderful partnership with Shreyas Iyer. pic.twitter.com/TGBn29M7Cg
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 25, 2022
Meanwhile, after the match, Ashwin talked about his knock and India’s win. He also emphasized the importance of Iyer’s knock. Ashwin said had Iyer wouldn’t have gotten Man of the Series, he would have given his award to the Mumbaikar. He said:
“Game was on the line. I thought Bangladesh played really well. The game had to be won the hard way. Shreyas batted beautifully, if he wasn’t the player of the series, I’d have shared this with him,” he told the host broadcasters.
“In these situations, sometimes you feel you need to hit your way. They bowled well. But we needed to trust our defence. I wanted to get in and support Shreyas. Pitches were good, they were a touch slow. But the ball made a difference. The hosts put us under a lot of pressure. Good performances as well.”