MS Dhoni is a man of few phrases however in these few, he manages to get his message throughout simply. India off-spinner R Ashwin gave an instance of that when he revealed what Dhoni had advised him after Ashwin didn’t handle to take India over the line against the West Indies in the third Test in Mumbai in 2011.
India wanted three runs in the last over with two wickets in hand. Varun Aaron had managed to get Ashwin on strike to convey the equation all the way down to 2 off 2. Ashwin didn’t join the penultimate ball and in the remaining ball, he didn’t present a lot urgency to return back for the second run. He was in the finish, run out for 14 and the Test match ended as solely the second draw in the historical past of the sport with the scores degree.
Ashwin said after the match Dhoni had advised him that he ought to have gone for a large shot when he received the strike in the last over.
“After the game, MS Dhoni came to me and said, ‘You could have taken a chance in the previous ball. Probably taken a single, and let Varun Aaron slog one off the last ball’. So yeah, that’s hindsight,” Ashwin advised Mazher Arshad in a Youtube interview.
Ashwin had really scored a century in the first innings of that Test match and even in the second appeared good until the time he was out in the center.
“I was pretty young into international cricket and that time whatever I was touching was turning into gold. I had got the MoM in the first Test then I got married in between and then came back to play the Mumbai Test. In the final innings, we looked good to chase, but all of a sudden, we had a collapse,” Ashwin said.
“I found myself batting with the tail. It was very interesting because I had a hundred in the first innings. Second innings, I was again batting well. I was 20-odd. I was left with I think Varun Aaron at the other end, and I think it might have been two balls, two runs to get… we had two wickets in hand.”
The 33-years-old defined that he didn’t need to take a danger by enjoying a large shot.
“I didn’t want to risk going for a big shot, and then, the next batsman coming in and getting out. Fidel Edwards was getting it to reverse and it would have been difficult for a No.11. we could lose the Test match, from being in a position of strength, it was not even 50-50,” he added.
With two runs required off the last ball, the right-handed batsman hit the ball in the direction of long-on and went for a double however received run-out halfway.