‘Rishabh Pant is letting me down in DRS calls,’ jokingly says R Ashwin

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India off-spinner R Ashwin has opened up about his DRS calls during the Test series gaainst England.

Ashwin along with Axar Patel dismantled England’s line up in the recent Test series, where he claimed 32 wickets and helped India win 3-1 as well. Ashwin was awarded the Man of the Series for his outstanding efforts not only with the ball but also with the bat as he smashed a century in Chepauk in the second Test.

However, it was only his use of DRS that went wrong a few times. And, Ashwin believed it’s partly because the wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant didn’t help him much.

“I think we need to change the lens with which people are looking at me for the DRS,” Ashwin told India Today.

“Rishabh is actually letting me down, on a lot of occasions.” – R Ashwin

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

“Before this series against England, my DRS (usage) was extremely good. Because you take the DRS, you need to rely on the keeper’s resources. I ask valid questions in terms of saying ‘I know whether the ball struck in line or not’. But with respect to the line from the angle that I am bowling and the bounce, the keeper really needs to help,” he shared.

“And Rishabh is actually letting me down, on a lot of occasions. I took him aside and said we need to sit down and discuss because Ravi Bhai has a few complaints about me going for DRS,” he laughed.

However, while talking about his return to white-ball cricket, he gave a fitting reply.

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“That given an opportunity anywhere, I would make a game-breaking performance which I am almost certain about because of the space I find myself in.”What questions people have to ask, what opinions people have, I am not worried about at all. As of now, every single game I play out there in the park, I want to leave a smile on my face and everybody else’s,” Ashwin concluded.

R Ashwin will soon be playing in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, starting from April 9in India as well.

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