April 14, 2024


Avesh Khan gave away just 4 runs in his final over© X (Twitter)

Rajasthan Royals pacer Avesh Khan feels the last over he bowled against Delhi Capitals in an IPL match was probably his best effort in the death overs. The India pacer had to defend 17 runs in the last over on Thursday night and he was able to do that rather comfortably, landing one yorker after the other. Delhi could only get four runs from that over, ensuring a 12-run win for the home team. Going into the season, Lucknow Super Giants had traded Avesh to Royals.

“It is not the first time I bowled the last over. Last year I defended against Rajasthan. When I played for Delhi (bowled the last over there also), execution wise this was my best over. All the balls were in the same spot, wide yorkers,” said Avesh, who has played eight ODIs and 20 T20s.

The 27-year-old also spoke about how his role has changed compared to last season when he turned up for LSG.

“In Lucknow and DC, I used to bowl one over upfront or two overs in the powerplay. Here I bowl two overs after powerplay and in the death as well I get to bowl. Team management and Sanju (Samson) give gull freedom to execute plans and that is helping. Sanju is a bowlers’ captain.

“There was also no dew factor tonight and that helped me being accurate. Dew may impact your execution at times,” Avesh said.

He gave due credit to Royals’ new number four Riyan Parag, who singlehandedly kept his team in the game after an ordinary start, smashing an unbeaten 84 off 45 balls. “It was a match changing innings considering we had lost wickets early and run rate was on the lower side. He helped us post a fighting total. He is in good touch and showed that in this and the last game,” Avesh added.

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