Mumbai, April 8 : Rising Pune Supergiants star off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin on Friday praised the Indian Premier League (IPL) and termed the country's domestic T20 tournament as a stepping stone between first class and international cricket.
Defending champions Mumbai start their ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign against new franchise Supergiants at the Wankhede Stadium here.
Mumbai: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today said that he should not be made a villain for bowling one of the two no-balls which proved to be a crucial factor in India's World Twenty20 semifinal loss to the West Indies.
Ashwin's was one of the no balls which gave Man of the Match Lendl Simmons a reprieve and helped him anchor West Indies' successful chase of a stiff target of 193 at the Wankhede Stadium here.
New Delhi: After losing a cliffhanger against hosts India by a solitary run on Wednesday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, Bangladesh skipper Mahsrafe Mortaza said that they lost the match in the last three balls.
Bangladesh needed two runs in the last three balls and they had four wickets in hand, but still they didn't manage to win the game.
"We were on top till the last three balls, we could have taken singles. But anyways, bad luck. The last three balls, we lost three wickets, we needed only two runs off three balls," Mashrafe was quoted as saying by PTI.
Kolkata, Mar 18 : Indian premium spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday described the rivalry against Pakistan as bigger than the Ashes series and insisted that neither of the arch-rivals start as favourites for tomorrow's mouth-watering contest in the World Twenty20 group stage match here at Eden Gardens.
"This rivalry is huge. It is probably bigger than the Ashes. I don't think fans watch this match as a game of cricket, it is more of a border rivalry," Ashwin told reporters while addressing a press conference on the eve of the high-octane clash.
Mirpur, Feb. 29 : As India and Sri Lanka prepare for the seventh Asia Cup T20 clash, ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday warned his side to be wary of the opposition, saying the Angelo Mathews-led side will definitely bounce back as a pack after their defeat against Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka yesterday suffered a 23-run defeat against the host in the fifth clash of the ongoing tournament. But, Ashwin believes that the Lankan tigers will definitely raise their standards for their next clash.
New Delhi, Feb 6 : After launching Joy Express, Rapid Metro today opened an indoor cricket stadium in association with 'Lounge Cricket, another unique initiative to increase engagement with its regular commuters.
Considering today's world where paucity of time no longer gives us an opportunity to walk up to a stadium and pursue our aspirations; Lounge Cricket along with Rapid Metro understood the pulse of the current generation and are introducing an indoor concept replete with the best of simulation and experience for cricket enthusiasts.
Gurgaon, Feb.5 : Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday welcomed the inclusion of Indian rookies Jaspreet Bumrah and Hardik Pandya in the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup and World T20, saying that they deserved to get a national call-up.
"I think Bumrah and Pandya did really well. We won that series that pretty much gave us indication how good they were. I am very happy for them," Ashwin told reporters here.
New Delhi, Dec. 6 - South Africa have shown vast reserves of patience as skipper Hashim Amla and swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers showed their skills of blocking and helped their side to delay India's win at stumps on Day four of the final Test here at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on Sunday.
Chasing a massive target of 481, the visitors lost both openers Dean Elgar (4) and Temba Bavuma (34) at the hands of ace Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
At the end of play, South Africa were 72-2, with Amla (unbeaten at 23) and De Villiers (unbeaten at 11) providing resistance to the visitors.
Dubai, Nov. 30 - Following India's four-match Test series win against South Africa, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has climbed up to the career-high second spot in recent ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.
Besides, Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood has also entered the list of top 10 after his side's three-wicket win over New Zealand in historic day and night Test in Adelaide.
Bengaluru, Nov.14 : South Africa were 78 for three at lunch on the opening day of the second Test against India here on Saturday.
Opting to bowl first, Indian bowlers tightened their grip on the tourists as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin removed opener Stiaan van Zyl (10) and Faf du Plessis (0) in quick succession.
Batting mainstay AB de Villiers (19 not out) and Dean Elgar (38 not out) are standing firm at the crease after captain Hashim Amla was bowled out by pace bowler Varun Aaron for seven.
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