For the first time in over four years, Ravichandran Ashwin was named in the playing XI in a T20I match on November 3, 2021, when India faced Afghanistan. Before facing Mohammad Nabi and his team in the T20 World Cup, Ashwin hadn’t played a T20I match since July 2017. Ashwin was outstanding, conceding only 14 runs in four overs while also picking up a pair of wickets to assist the Indian team demolish their opponents by 66 runs.

Virat Kohli, India’s captain, has now showered praise on Ashwin. Kohli stated that Ashwin’s return from the Afghanistan game was the biggest positive for the Indian team, since the senior off-spinner had worked hard for it. Kohli believes Ashwin is a savvy bowler, noting that the 35-year-old off-spinner showed a lot of control in the IPL as well.

“The most significant positive was Ash’s homecoming; it was something he had fought for for a long time. In the IPL, he (Ashwin) demonstrated the same level of control and rhythm. He’s a wicket-taker and a savvy bowler,” Kohli remarked after India’s match against Afghanistan.

Virat Kohli also stated that the Indian players will concentrate on the slim possibility that they still have of reaching the tournament’s semi-finals and will work hard to achieve that goal. Kohli, 32, also stated that the Indian players are incredibly skilled. In India’s first two matches, both Pakistan and New Zealand bowled well, according to the Indian captain.

“We talked at the team meeting about how we need to concentrate on the minimal possibility we have (to qualify), be positive, and pursue that opportunity. We don’t make the decision to go all out. We support the boys because they’re so talented, and occasionally it shows, as it did today. To give credit to the opponents, they bowled exceptionally well in the first two games and did not let us escape,” Virat Kohli said.