Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Attention of all the cricket buffs across the globe was on Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin when he walked out to bat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the thrilling Two World Cup encounter at MCG on Sunday. 

The Men in Blue needed two off as many balls when Dinesh Karthik was stumped on the ball of Mohammad Nawaz. Ashwin, who came in to bat next, had the tough task to score two runs off the remaining one delivery. Cool as a cucumber, the right-hander judged Nawaz’s first delivery down the leg side well and left it to go for a wide. Then he went on hit a lofted shot over mid-off to score the winning run.

Recollecting the tense incident, Ashwin revealed that he cursed Karthik while going in to bat before regaining his confidence to finish the match.

“The moment I saw the ball going down the leg side, I decided not to play it and decided to leave it alone and got one run for the wide. As soon as I got that run, I was so relaxed. As I walked in to bat, I cursed Dinesh Karthik for a second and then later thought, ‘No no, we still have time, let us do what we were here for’. It seemed like I was walking for ages to get to the pitch,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.