After a 3-wicket loss towards Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra questioned why Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant made the decision to tug Ravichandran Ashwin off the sector as a substitute of permitting him to remain for his meant 4 overs. The off-spinner conceded simply 14 runs in his three overs at an financial system of 4.7., earlier than being switched out for Australian teammate, Marcus Stoinis.
Stoinis’ one-over switch-out turned out to be the precise game-changing push that the Rajasthan aspect wanted, as an inflow of hat-trick boundaries rushed in from batsman David Miller’s efforts. This got here as a complete change of tempo after the Royals had misplaced a minimum of half their batters within the first ten overs. Nehra opined that this over is the place Ashwin’s presence would have made all of the distinction for the shedding aspect.
“Ravichandran Ashwin bowled just three overs. In the chase of 148-run target, there was a phase when Rajasthan Royals had lost 5 top-order batters and two left-handers – David Miller and Rahul Tewatia – were at the crease. You could have used Ashwin then,” he advised Cricbuzz.
In Nehra’s view, Pant’s determination would have been justified, if there had been right-handed Sanju Samson or Riyan Parag on the crease. Stoinis’ efforts have been duly wasted on the left-handed duo of Miller and Rahul Tewatia.
“So rather than handing one over to Marcus Stoinis, under such circumstances, I would have preferred to go with Ashwin. If it was Riyan Parag or Sanju Samson at the crease with an asking rate was 9-10 runs per over and you didn’t give an over to Ravi Ashwin thinking that he might get hit for 2-3 sixes, that’s a completely different thing.”
Ashwin’s halted 4 overs would have been the make-or-break distinction for the Delhi Capitals’ aspect.