Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has admitted that the upcoming ODI World Cup could be his last for India. The 37-year-old was not part of India’s initial World Cup 2023 squad. However, he was a last-minute addition, replacing all-rounder Axar Patel, after the latter failed to recover from his left quadriceps strain that he picked up during the World Cup.
Shubman Gill (104 off 97) and Shreyas Iyer (105 off 90) hit superlative tons as India beat Australia by 99 runs [DLS method] at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Sunday, September 24 in the second ODI of the three-match series. With the comprehensive win, the Men in Blue clinched the series 2-0 and also maintained their unbeaten ODI record in Indore.
Mohammed Shami claimed five wickets, while four Indian batters struck half-centuries as India beat Australia by five wickets at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali in on Friday, September 22 in the first ODI of the three-match series.
Senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been handed an ODI comeback for the upcoming three-match home series against Australia, which will be played from September 22 to 27. Ashwin’s comeback was necessitated in the wake of an injury to left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who missed the Asia Cup final and won’t feature in the first two ODIs against Australia. His selection for the third ODI will be subject to fitness.
Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj registered excellent figures of 6/21 as the Men in Blue cleaned up Sri Lanka for 50 and lifted Asia Cup 2023 with a dominating 10-wicket win in the final at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 17.
India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey has admitted that dropping a senior cricketer like Mohammed Shami for the Asia Cup matches has not been an easy decision. He, however, added that some choices have to be made keeping the overall interest of the team in mind.
Dunith Wellalage claimed 5/40 with his left-arm spin and also scored a valiant 42 not out off 46 balls apart from claiming two catches. His heroics, however, could prevent India from ending Sri Lanka’s 13-match winning streak in ODIs and booking a place in the Asia Cup 2023 final.
India hammered Pakistan by 228 runs in the third match of the Super 4 Round of Asia Cup 2023 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Monday, September 11. The Men in Blue resumed their innings in 147/2 in 24.1 overs on the reserve day of the contest. They ended up posting 356/2 as Virat Kohli and KL Rahul slammed tons. Kuldeep Yadav then claimed five wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 128 in 32 overs.
The India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has been moved to the reserve day due to rain. Only 24.1 overs of play was possible on Sunday, September 10. The game will now resume on Monday from where it ended on Sunday.