At the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad on Friday, Dinesh Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin’s 52-run partnership off only 24 balls for the seventh wicket provided the Indian innings a much-needed boost at the end and increased their total to 190 for 6. The West Indies batting lineup proved to be too weak to reach the score because the Indian spinners prevented them from settling down. India comfortably defeated its opponent by 68 runs to take a 1-0 series lead in the first game.

In the video of their post-match interview that the BCCI posted on Twitter, Ashwin praised Karthik for making a long-overdue return to the Indian T20I lineup.

“2007 saw Brian Lara’s retirement. When Brian Lara was playing cricket, there was just one player left, and he is now playing here at the Brian Lara stadium “stated Ashwin.

When the famous Lara was still participating in international cricket, Karthik made his Test and ODI debuts in 2004. Karthik thanked Ashwin, overwhelmed by the response.

“Thanks for the kind introduction. I truly liked it. For us, it was a very enjoyable game. We were unfamiliar with a lot of things, including the climate, and I think we adapted extremely well “said he.

Ashwin continued to stay undefeated with a score of 13 off 10 while Karthik hit an unbeaten 41 off only 19 balls. Karthik questioned Ashwin about his batting, and Ashwin said that he had been working on it for a while.

“I have been practising my hitting. I had said that we would do it if we were hitting together even before the game started. The communication component, in my opinion, has been quite beneficial. I was enquiring about your ability to smash those slower back-of-a-length deliveries even before I entered the batting order “According to Ashwin, who also claimed two wickets for 22 runs in four overs.

Karthik hailed the amenities of the recently constructed stadium, saying that he has been doing a fantastic job as a finisher ever since making a return to the Indian T20I team in the home series against South Africa.

“The grounds in the West Indies are often not very large, but this one is enormous. The facilities are excellent, and everything is enormous, which is really characteristic of America “Added he.