Ravichandran Ashwin, who made his Test debut earlier in the series, recalling the most dramatic last over of the 2011 Mumbai Test vs West Indies. He was run out off the last ball. The match ended with the scores level for only the second time in history when Ashwin could not score the two runs needed to win off the final ball.
“After the game, MS Dhoni came to me and said, ‘You could have taken a chance off the previous ball. Probably taken a single, and let Varun Aaron slog one off the last ball’. So yeah, that’s hindsight,” Ashwin said on a YouTube interaction with Mazher Arshad.
“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,” He added.
“I was left with 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. I didn’t want to risk going for a big shot, and then, the next batsman coming in and getting out – we could lose the Test match, from being in a position of strength, it was not even 50-50. So I blocked that ball from Fidel Edwards, because it was swinging nicely and the chances of a No. 11 getting out was pretty high,” Ashwin said.
“I still believe it was the right decision to make,” he said. “When I hit the ball to long on, it really went quick and straight to the fielder, so the chance to run for two was not there.”
Ashwin ended up being named the Player of the Match but could not be the man of the moment for India. He was also named the Player of the Series.
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