Ashwin believes that due to dew, the difference in skill of the best teams is not visible. The 36-year-old off-spinner cited the example of the first ODI between India and Sri Lanka to prove his point. Batting first, India scored 373 runs for seven wickets while Sri Lankan team scored 306 runs for eight wickets. Ashwin said that the margin of victory did not show in this match even though the Indian team dominated the match.
He said, ‘India batted well on a slow pitch and scored a great score. Still he had to struggle. “The skill gap between the teams is not visible, the dew is reducing that gap,” he said. Despite dew having such a huge impact on the outcome of matches in India, the timing of matches is done keeping in mind the ‘TV audience’ in the Indian subcontinent.
Ashwin said, ‘It is said that people will not watch TV at this time but tell me, will they not watch the World Cup matches?’ He said, ‘Recently the T20 World Cup was also held in winter. It’s not ideal conditions – T20 is a fast game, how do you play it in winter? People will say that this was not the case in Australia, but we should give priority to the World Cup. The 50-over World Cup in India will be held in October-November and dew will be common and will increase as the tournament progresses.
He said, ‘ICC (International Cricket Council) knows very well that there will be dew at that time so matches should be started at the beginning and if we start at 11:30 in the morning then there will be no dew in the match then why don’t we do that. ? ‘ Ashwin said, ‘So won’t all cricket fans give priority to the World Cup and watch the match at 11:30? ,
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