IND vs SL: Rohit Sharma maintains his stance on 'all-time great' Ashwin, explains why he's 'legend' of the game'

Published on Mar 15, 2022 07:02 AM IST

Earlier, Rohit had lavished praise on Ashwin after India registered a big win in Mohali, which hosted Virat Kohli's 100th Test.

Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin(AP)
Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin(AP)
By, New Delhi

While Jasprit Bumrah recorded a five-wicket haul in the first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin picked up four in the second to help India crush Sri Lanka by 238 runs inside three days at Bangalore's pink-ball game to sweep the series 2-0. Ashwin took four over the day when skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was busy waging a lone battle for his nation. Ashwin, in the process, also went past South African cricket great Steyn to become the eighth highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 440 plucks.

Captain Rohit Sharma, who started his Test captain journey on a positive note, was effusive in praise for Ashwin after the game. Rohit also maintained his stance on Ashwin being an "all-time great". Rohit had labelled Ashwin among the finest players of the game and he reiterated his views after India's win in Bengaluru.

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"It was kind of him to say that. but it was my feeling (about being the best bowler), he does something for the team whenever he's given the ball, gives match-winning performance every time he's given the ball, so I think he's a legend of the game," said Rohit in the post-match presentationn.

"Every time the ball is handed to him, he comes up with the goods," he further added.

"We wanted to achieve a few things as a team and we did that. It is only the third day-night test in India so we are still learning how to handle these conditions. The crowd coming back and celebrating with us has been so pleasing," said Rohit on the series victory.

Earlier, Rohit had lavished praise on Ashwin after India registered a big win in Mohali, which hosted Virat Kohli's 100th Test. It was Rohit's first game as full-time Tests captain and Ashwin went past Kapil Dev's overall wicket tally in Test cricket (434) to become the second-highest wicket-taker for India in the format.

"He is an all-time great in my eyes. He is playing for so many years and performed for the country. So many match-winning performances, so for me, he is an all-time great. People might have different point of views but from where I see, he is an all-time great for me," Rohit had said after India's win.

The 2-0 series sweep against Sri Lanka marked India's 15th consecutive test series on home soil, which helped the team climb to the fourth spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) table. India's Shreyas Iyer, who continued his run-scoring spree, was named man of the match after scoring 92 in the first innings and 67 in the second.

Rishabh Pant took home the Player of the Series award for his entertaining 96 in Mohali and rapid fifty in Bengaluru, which was the quickest Test half-century by an India batsman.

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