Ten days before, R Ashwin’s Test statistics were highlighted by Iceland Cricket in a tweet, which ranked the legendary Indian player above all-rounders in the format like Shane Warner and Richard Hardlee. Even though Ashwin is praised for his all-around performance in red-ball cricket, he seldom makes lists of the finest players ever. With a match-winning performance against Bangladesh on Sunday, Ashwin once again demonstrated why his statistics should never go unnoticed and helped India recover to win by three wickets and secure the series.

When Mehidy Hasan Miraz finished off his five-wicket haul by bowling Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer was India’s final remaining chance in the batting order. India was 74 for 7, facing an unexpected loss at Mirpur. Iyer needed a partnership badly, and India still had one card left to play. Before the duo went on a counterpunching exhibition on Day 4 to confound Bangladesh, Ashwin gave Iyer the ideal amount of assistance. They put up the second-highest unbroken 71-run partnership for the eighth wicket in India’s fourth innings, which helped India win by three wickets.

Ashwin, who was named Player of the Match, hit an unbeaten 42 off 62 while also taking six wickets across two innings. Following the victory, veteran India cricketer Virender Sehwag wrote an exquisite tweet about Ashwin that summarised his Mirpur performance to a tee.

“The researcher did it. I managed to get this one. Wonderful partnership with Shreyas Iyer and brilliant innings from Ashwin, he tweeted.

We had very little batting left. When we could have turned the game off, we let it wander since it was one of those games. Shreyas played excellent batting. They bowled excellent lines, and I thought we didn’t trust our defenses enough. In these circumstances, you sometimes feel like you have to be ahead of things. I liked Shreyas’ batting style. Here, pitches are fairly decent. But I felt that the ball became quite mushy very rapidly. It’s a credit to Bangladesh that they sometimes put us under a lot of strain, remarked Ashwin after receiving the Player of the Match award.