‘The most thankless job’: Ashwin lauds ground staff

NEW DELHI: India have not been able to play a full 50 overs match so far in the Asia Cup courtesy an incessant rain. Come Sunday, the heavy downpour again played a spoilsport during the high-octane India-Pakistan match at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
But the ground staff leave no stone unturned and produce best of their efforts to make the field playable as the one such picture of them drying the wet patches on the ground with an innovative way surfaced on social media.
India’s star off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took to X, formerly Twitter, to extend his gratitude to ground staff for their stupendous work.
“Innovation. Ground staff doing the most thankless job,” Ashwin posted along with the picture of ground staff while they were drying the ground.
The match was halted when India were 147-2 in 24.1 overs after being invited to bat first. Later the match officials decided to abandon the play and move the match into the reserve day.
Virat Kohli, on eight, and returning KL Rahul, on 17, were at the crease when rain forced players off the field and the showers soon got heavy.
Skipper Rohit Sharma, who hit 56, and Shubman Gill, who made 58, put on 121 runs for the opening wicket before leg-spinner Shadab Khan and left-arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi sent them back.

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