Jaipur: Indian senior out-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has praised head coach Rahul Dravid after the hosts beat New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I of the three-game series in Jaipur on Wednesday. Ashwin, who collected 2/23 in his four-over quota in the 1st T20I, credited the hard work Dravid put in before rising through the ranks of Indian cricket. The 35-year-old also urged cricket fans to give the new head coach ‘breathing space’ before delivering a verdict. India chased a 165-point target against the Black Caps to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. With that, the Men in Blue begin the Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid era on an emphatic note.Read also – Rohit Sharma Biopic? Vicky Kaushal, Ranbir Kapoor – Actors who can play the role of Indian captain
Speaking about Dravid’s coaching style, Ashwin said: “It’s too early for me to comment on Rahul Dravid’s coaching style but he put the tough yards through the U19 level etc. Also Read – 2022 Asian Cup Super 4 Schedule: India-led Rohit Sharma to face Pakistan on Sunday
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“He won’t leave much to chance, and he will focus on preparation and process so that we can bring happiness back to the Indian dressing room,” Ashwin added.
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Meanwhile, Ashwin played a key role with the ball in the first T20I as he collected the wickets of Mark Chapman and Glenn Phillips in a single to shake off New Zealand’s charge. Along with him, experienced pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also finished with numbers of 2/24 to limit the visiting side to 164/6 in 20 overs.
Skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav produced sublime shots as India bungled towards the end before recovering in time to shape a five-wicket win over New Zealand in the opener of the T20 International ushering in a new era in Indian cricket.
“It’s tricky in T20, you can’t miss your lengths and you don’t know when to throw but here it helped give him some air. It was a slightly lower score than par and we thought 170-180 would be par.
“We were thinking of going home around the 15th, but it’s T20 cricket for you. I played the first one on the power play, and it’s important to figure out the pace to play and it took me a while to It’s about varying the pace and knowing when to vary it.
“It is important to consider each of the 24 balls as an event and to consider each ball in isolation and as an opportunity. You might have to play catch-up, but the batsman tries to play catch-up and tries to play you too, so you can’t be intimidated,” Ashwin said after the game.