Rajasthan Royals have brought in a funky experiment: - promote Ravichandran Ashwin in the batting order and use him as a pinch hitter so that the line-up gets elongated.
Ravichandran Ashwin was promoted after Rajasthan lost their best batter Jos Buttler, who is the 'Orange Cap' holder of the 2022 IPL with three centuries.
Suryakumar Yadav and young Tilak Varma gave the best 35th birthday present to their skipper Rohit Sharma as MI finally opened their account on Saturday.
Ashwin batted at No.6 for Rajasthan Royals against Lucknow Super Giants but left the field after two balls in the 19th over to make way for Riyan Parag.
Rajasthan Royals has been experimenting a lot; Ashwin's retired out not out of the blue, says Sanju Samson
The fact that Riyan Parag walked out to bat straightaway meant the team was expecting such a move from Ravichandran Ashwin.
Shimron Hetmyer's unbeaten 59 and a four-wicket haul from Yuzvendra Chahal helped Rajasthan Royals beat Lucknow Super Giants by three runs at the Wankhede Stadium.
Buttler (100 off 68 balls) scored his second IPL ton off only 66 balls to help the Royals to 193 for 8, which seemed slightly sub-par due to Jasprit Bumrah's (3/17 in 4 overs) brilliant effort.
Ravindra Jadeja retained the top position among all-rounders, while Ravichandran Ashwin displaced West Indies' Jason Holder to be second.
The 35-year-old spinner, who will represent his fifth franchise in IPL after being roped in by Rajasthan Royals, said the lucrative T20 tournament has helped him develop into a better cricketer.
If the spinners made life difficult for Sri Lanka on a dry surface that turned from Day 1, it was pacer Jasprit Bumrah who walked away with eight wickets — the most in this Test.
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Jayant bowled a total of 17 wicket-less overs across two innings while Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared 15 of the 20 wickets among themselves.
Playing in his 85th match, the 35-year-old Ashwin went past the legendary Kapil's 434 Test scalps to become India's second most successful bowler in the longest format on Sunday.
The seasoned off-spinner, India's second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, also spoke about how a traumatic childhood accident, breaking both legs helped Warne master a difficult craft.
In fact, the first five Sri Lankan wickets in the first innings came via this route, including the first of 16 they lost on Day Three.
Ashwin began the match with 430 scalps and claimed two wickets in the first innings before adding three more in the second essay to cross Kapil's mark.