One of the chief architects of Australia’s record-breaking run-chase against India in the fourth ODI in Mohali, Peter Handscomb has applauded the effort of young Ashton Turner, who lived up to his reputation of one of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball by smashing an unbeaten 84 off just 43 ball to help visitors seal a memorable victory. Renowned for big-hitting exploits in domestic cricket, Turner caught eyeballs at the international stage on Sunday as he smoked five boundaries and six huge maximums to take Aussies over the line. Australia chased down a mammoth target of 359 with four wickets in hand and 13 balls to spare to level the five-match series 2-2. The series-deciding fifth and final ODI will be played in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“Ashton (Turner) is an amazing player. We have seen what he has done in the Big Bash League (for Perth Scorchers) for the past couple of years. We knew he can get the job done. The way he operated against Bumrah was quite amazing. This knock will give him so much confidence going forward,” Handscomb said after the famous win on Sunday night.
He said that once Turner started hitting, everyone in the dressing room became superstitious. “That was awesome. No was moving around with all those superstitions coming into play. That’s incredible. To see him come in at international stage and play an innings of this kind is phenomenal.”
On personal front, Handscomb termed Australia’s four-wicket victory in the fourth ODI against India as the “best match of his career”, something that will give them momentum ahead of World Cup in England. Handscomb hit his maiden ODI hundred and added 192 with Usman Khawaja to set up the platform for rookie Turner to launch a furious final assault.
“It is a lovely feeling. I have no words to describe my feeling. This was the best match of my career so far. This win will give us a great momentum for the decider and then the World Cup in England. I am just glad that I contributed in the victory,” Handscomb said after the match.
On his maiden century, he said: “I am happy, I did not know I was going to play ODI again and it’s funny how things change. It’s nice to get opportunity to play for Australia and take it. The faith of selectors to keep me in that was nice. To get it today was pretty special.”
As the dew set in, Handscomb felt that he and Khawaja could play their natural game as there wasn’t much spin on offer.
“The dew definitely made it difficult for India’s wrist spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal). Conditions became difficult for them. They are very good bowlers but I think today, we also played them very well,” he said.
During their 192-run stand, he and Khawaja didn’t talk much, revealed the right-hander. “Uzzi (Khawaja) and I didn’t talk much. We just left each other to play our own games. It was a very good batting pitch. Once the dew came on, we noticed there wasn’t much spin, which helped us play our natural game,” he said.
Handscomb was also happy with the fact that they have been able to chase down big totals in the tour irrespective of formats.
“High scoring chase is always special. It just gives you so much competition. We chased down 189 in Bengaluru (in second T20 International) and today we proved that it wasn’t a fluke,” he said.