After India’s T20I series loss to the West Indies, Ashwin shared a crucial lesson but did not use Hardik’s name. Instead, he cited great India MS Dhoni.
Social media can be very negative. It also doesn’t take much time to acquire an opinion, and it only takes a blink of the aye to modify it. Hardik Pandya, the captain of the India T20I team, is the most recent casualty in Indian cricket. The all-rounder received harsh criticism for his remarks following the West Indies series defeat. When asked about the possibility of losing a series after 17 years, Hardik responded that he wouldn’t mind being unusual.
After West Indies defeated India in the fifth and final T20I to win the series 3-2, Hardik stated that a single defeat “doesn’t matter” much. After the game in Florida, Hardik observed, “In hindsight, one series here or there doesn’t matter, but the commitment to the goal is important.” He added that one shouldn’t make too much of this series loss because the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA is still a long way off.
Ravichandran Ashwin, a teammate of Hardik, objected to that. “I don’t think it is too early (to talk about the T20 World Cup),” he wrote on his YouTube page. While acknowledging that it was sad to lose a series to West Indies, Ashwin also noted that young players may find it challenging to explore the Caribbean islands.
“This T20I series has produced a lot of benefits. Since they lost against a side that didn’t make it to the most recent T20 World Cup, it is relatively simple to criticize the team on social media. Additionally, they have not yet qualified for the 2018 50-over World Cup. I’d want to share some facts with you folks.
“I am not endorsing, advocating for, or speaking for anyone. These are all secondary. There will be certain difficulties if you travel to the West Indies as a young person. There will be some innate secrets in every nation. These facts are more known by residents than by visitors. More so if the players are young, Ashwin continued.
Ashwin: “Dhoni and a few coaches told me…”
The all-rounder gave West Indies credit for the hard-fought series victory.Fans of WI West Indies deserve praise. They weren’t invited to the ODI and T20 World Cups. Their entire island appeared dejected as a result. They discussed the extensive legacy they formerly had. In fact, I learned how obsessively they watch the game from a cab driver. Even now, they have irrational devotion for the sport.
Although Ashwin did not use Hardik’s name, he used the words of renowned Indian cricketer MS Dhoni to impart a crucial lesson. “MS Dhoni and a couple of my instructors have emphasized that losing teaches you a lot of lessons. However, those who continue to learn after winning will excel, he noted.
Ashwin also outlined the advantages and potential weak spots for Team India in T20s. He singled out Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill for their opening act, as well as Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma. Ashwin identified the lack of depth in the batting area as the main problem for India’s T20 team.
In the T20I series against the West Indies, India’s tail effectively started at No. 8 with the bowling options of Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Mukesh Kumar. One of the main factors contributing to India’s defeat in the first T20I was the lack of depth in the batting line.