“The experts themselves feel they are learning about the game,” Ravichandran Ashwin responds to Ricky Ponting’s remark that the Indian team is not playing well in T20 World Cup

Ricky Ponting had said that Virat Kohli's form has been great, but India is not playing well as a whole

The Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin came up with an interesting response in the press conference earlier today when ahead of the game against Zimbabwe, he was asked about a remark made by the former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.


Ricky Ponting, when analyzing India’s performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup, had said that India has not been at their best and they have reached where they have reached riding on the incredible form of Virat Kohli. Ponting also said that Virat has to keep playing as well as he has been playing if India has to progress further in the tournament.

Ravichandran Ashwin, however, didn’t seem to agree with Ponting’s opinion and said that T20 is such a different format of the game that the experts are still trying to figure out how it actually works. That’s because it has evolved so much and is still evolving very fast.


According to Ashwin, T20 is a format where it might seem that one particular player is doing well and the team is not doing well, but in this format, it’s about whose performance stands out on the day and there will always be one or two stand-out performances. However, on the basis of those stand-out performances, it can’t be said that the others are not playing well.

Indian team has not had it easy so far: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashwin also insisted that India has not had it easy in their group so far because they have had to come through a couple of very close games and a team can come through it only when it plays well. The shortest format of the game is always about fine margins and whoever is analyzing the games of T20 cricket should keep the fine margins in mind.



Ashwin has played for India in all the games of the T20 World Cup 2022 so far and he is likely to find a place in the playing XI again for the must-win game against Zimbabwe.


I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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