R Ashwin hails ‘unsung hero’ Sandeep Sharma after Royals’ win over Lucknow Super Giants | Cricket News


New Delhi: For death overs specialist Ravichandran Ashwin. Sandeep Sharma There is an unsung hero.
While the spotlight often shines on established batsmen and star players, Sandeep's performance against Lucknow Super Giants on Sunday can never go unnoticed. Sandeep entered the attack in the 14th over, at a time when Lucknow looked to be in control of the chase. Chasing the target of 194 runs set by Royals in Jaipur, there are 65 runs left to win in six overs.
In his first over, Sandeep conceded only five runs and broke the dangerous partnership between KL Rahul (58) and nicholas puran (64 not out), dismissed the LSG captain. He finished with figures of 3-0-22-1.
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During the final overs of the game, when Lucknow needed 38 runs from the last two overs, Sandeep kept up the pressure by giving away only 11 runs and came close to taking another wicket.
Ashwin stressed that a 'fight bowler' is often more valuable than skill alone, and Sandeep proved the point. He also showcased his skills last season, helping Royals achieve a three-run win against Chennai Super Kings despite MS Dhoni hitting two sixes in the final over.
“The game is all about perception. Sandeep has been an unsung hero. He stepped up for Prasidh (Krishna) last year,” Ashwin said after Rajasthan's 20-run win.
“He (Sandeep) is a character; it's about his fight. A bowler with fight is far more valuable than a bowler with skill. There are two bouncers to use, and that's the only incentive the bowlers have. Got this competition,” he said.
Ashwin said that the behavior of the pitch was different in both parts of the game. “It was a wicket of two halves. When we batted first it got stuck in the pitch. Sometimes it is difficult…,” he said.
“After eight overs, we felt the wicket was good. In our view, we were ten (runs) short. It was a good pitch; it keeps getting better here,” Ashwin said.
The top spinner admitted that it was a challenging start for him, conceding 15 runs in his first over. However, he stressed the importance of being adaptable and knowing when to change gears at different stages of the game.
“I gave away 12 (runs) on the first ball I bowled. I bowl at different stages of the game. The body is getting older. It requires (a) different mindset,” he said.
“I have come from a Test series. I gave away 15 (runs) in the first over – that was inside the powerplay. The moment that phase of the game gets over, I try to finish it off.”
“20 runs went in my next three overs and I got one wicket… The most important thing is that it is about preparation for each and every batsman of the opposition,” Ashwin said.
(With PTI inputs)

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