Ravi Ashwin reveals why he didn't share the "Man of the Match" award with Shreyas Iyer
India started Day 4 at 45/4 with all four top batters back in the hut. The morning session also began with the Bangladeshi spinners dominating the Indian batting line-up. Team India lost another three wickets early and were restricted to 74/7 in 29.3 overs. But after that, a match-saving partnership saved the game for India.
It was Shreyas Iyer and Ravi Ashwin who added an unbeaten 71 runs for the 8th wicket to seal the deal for the visitors. Both batters played some really good shots against the spinners and counter-attacked when it was needed to win it for their team.
Iyer started the partnership with some boundaries, and then it was Ashwin who took the aggressive approach. Notably, it was also the second-highest 8-wicket stand for India in the fourth inning of a test match. Iyer made 29 not out with four boundaries.
Ashwin scored an unbeaten 42 runs, including one six and four boundaries. The veteran off-spinner ended up winning the "Man of the Match" award for his all-round performance. The 35-year-old also took 4/71 and 2/66 in two innings of the game.
Meanwhile, the "Man of the Series" award was given to stand-in vice captain Cheteshwar Pujara, despite his two failures in both innings of the second test. Pujara ended the series as the series' leading run-scorer with 222 runs in two tests, while Iyer made 202 runs in three innings of two tests.
Apart from his unbeaten 29 in the second inning chase, Iyer played a crucial 87-run knock in the first inning of the second test. That's why many, including Ashwin, thought Iyer would be given the "Man of the Series" award. While receiving the MOTM award, Ashwin even said that he would have shared the MOTM award with Iyer if he had not won "Man of the Series."
Ashwin said, "The game had to be won the hard way. Shreyas batted beautifully, if he wasn't the player of the series, I'd have shared this with him. I wanted to get in and support Shreyas."