'Let's promote optimism' - Ravi Ashwin silences Yash Dhull's critic after his classy knock in U19 WC semi-final

Dhull led his team exceptionally from the front as India U19 registered an emphatic 96-run win and qualified for the finals.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Yash Dhull
Ravi Ashwin and Yash Dhull. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Karthik Nair

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Team India’s senior off-spinner Ravi Ashwin gave a savage reply to a fan who had passed a negative comment against the Indian U19 skipper Yash Dhull who scored a match-winning century against Australia in the semifinal of the ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua on 2nd February.  The youngster led his team exceptionally from the front as the Indian colts registered an emphatic 96-run win and qualified for the finals for a fourth straight time.

Meanwhile, Ashwin also urged the fan to be optimistic after the latter had said that Dhull’s career should not be like that of one of his predecessors Unmukt Chand who had led the Boys In Blue to their third U19 World Cup triumph but could never represent India at the highest level despite making it to domestic cricket and IPL.

Ravi Ashwin urges a critic to be optimistic

After Yash Dhull had breached the three-figure mark, the senior offie came forward and lauded the youngster by saying that as the captain has brought up his first century, he is sure that this just the beginning of a wonderful journey to which a fan replied saying that the youngster’s career should not end up like Unmukt Chand.

Once this came to the Tamil Nadu cricketer’s notice, he urged the fan to promote optimism and not talk in a negative manner at the time when a youngster has performed so well.

Coming back to the contest, a determined Indian team posted recovered from the initial setback they had suffered early on in their innings as skipper Yash Dhull (110) and Shaik Rasheed (94) propelled them to a stiff total of 290/5 from their 50 overs. The duo added 204 runs for the third wicket stand.

The total would prove to be beyond Australia’s reach and despite a half-century from middle-order batter Lachlan Shaw, none of the other batters could convert their starts into impactful knocks as the Aussies were bundled out for just 194 in the 42nd over to be knocked out from the competition.