Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin lavished praise on West Indies batter Shimron Hetmyer after the southpaw steered Delhi Capitals (DC) to a win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Chasing 136, DC were in a spot of bother at 99-6 in 15 overs. However, Hetmyer stayed firm and played a composed knock of 28 off 18 balls to help DC cross the line.
Ashwin lauded Hetmyer’s contribution for DC in the ongoing season and said his efforts of finishing games are being recognised in the dressing room. “I think more than about 6-8 points needs to go to Hety (Hetmyer), because he has finished games, sometime when you make those 25s and 30s, you don’t quite get the recognition you must, because people are at the top are making the volume of runs,” Ashwin said at the virtual post-match press conference.
“So, Hetymer is one of those heroes for us and inside that dressing room, we recognise all these efforts, so yeah, he is in a good space,” added the off-spinner.
Being the lead spinner of Delhi Capitals, Ashwin would have expected a little more in the wickets column. The offie so far has taken just four wickets in five matches in the UAE leg of IPL. However, he has not allowed the batsmen to milk runs of his bowling. Talking about his bowling, Ashwin said he is satisfied with his form.
“There are 24 deliveries that I am allowed to bowl in a game and sometimes I kept on repeating this again and again, to look to go for wickets is not something that you can do in a T20 game, you have to play (to) the situation of the game, my job is to bowl to the best of my abilities in those 24 balls and create wicket-taking opportunities. “So sometimes, I feel it is too lop-sided in trying, you can’t put a short-leg, slip, you can’t look to attack and try and get a wicket, so I think the way the ball is coming out and the way I am bowling, I am extremely satisfied and happy.”