‘Unique delay! Not an easy place to tour for reasons like this’ - Ravi Ashwin on ground staff missing to draw 30-yard circle in 3rd T20I
"As a cricketer one has to be switched on all the time and always expect the unexpected," Ashwin tweeted
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The third T20I between the West Indies and India was off to a bizarre start as the start of the clash was delayed after the ground staff forgot to draw the 30-yard circle on the ground. It is worth noting that the umpires and players had already made their way onto the ground but had to walk back in after it was noticed.
As the game was delayed, it was a special occasion for 21-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal as he made his T20I debut. He recently featured for India in his first ever international game in the recently concluded Test series, and ahead of his T20I debut, many were excited to see Jaiswal play his first game in the T20I jersey.
Furthermore, with the delay in the game and the 21-year-old making his debut, Veteran Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to give his take on the delay situation and even congratulated Jaiswal ahead of his much-anticipated T20I debut.
"Unique delay! It’s not an easy place to tour for reasons like this. As a cricketer one has to be switched on all the time and always expect the unexpected. All the best to @ybj_19 Go well Chinni Paiyaa," Ravichandran Ashwin tweeted.
Unique delay! It’s not an easy place to tour for reasons like this.— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) August 8, 2023
As a cricketer one has to be switched on all the time and always expect the unexpected.
All the best to @ybj_19 💪💪 Go well Chinni Paiyaa 🤩#INDvsWI
India need 160 runs to win third T20I
Speaking of the third T20I, the Windies came in to bat after winning the toss, and the hosts got off to a brilliant start as openers Brandon King and Kyle Mayers scored 42 and 25 runs, respectively. Furthermore, with skipper Rovman Powell adding 40 runs to the scoreboard, the West Indies posted 159 runs on the board in the first innings.
Kuldeep Yadav once again showcased his class with the ball in the first innings. Taking three wickets and conceding 28 runs in four overs, Yadav was the highest wicket taker for India. As Axar Patel and Mukesh Kumar took one wicket each, India limited the Windies to a respectable total in what is a must-win game for the Men in Blue.