In a major blow to the Rajasthan Royals, veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been forced to sit out their final league match of the IPL 2023 season against the Punjab Kings due to back spasm issues. The announcement was made by Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson, who won the toss and opted to field first.

Samson highlighted the team’s strategy and the importance of winning the game in order to improve their chances in the tournament. Considering the dimensions of the ground and the team’s requirements, he believed that it would be better to bowl first. He emphasized the need for the players to focus on playing good T20 cricket and to forget about past results or performances.

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Acknowledging the recent break of four to five days, Samson also emphasized the significance of understanding the prevailing conditions. He mentioned that there were a couple of last-minute changes in the team’s lineup, including the unfortunate absence of Ravichandran Ashwin due to a back spasm.

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The experienced spinner’s absence would undoubtedly be felt by the Rajasthan Royals, as his skills and experience would have been valuable in the crucial match.

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Ravichandran Ashwin Misses Out Because Of Back Spasms: Sanju Samson

Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence due to back spasm issues serves as a setback for the Rajasthan Royals, who were hoping to end the season on a positive note. The spinner has been an integral part of the team, contributing with his crafty bowling and providing valuable insights to the captain and fellow teammates. His absence not only affects the team’s bowling options but also deprives them of his expertise in crucial moments.

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“We will bowl. Looking at the dimensions and looking as to what we require in the tournament, it is better to bowl. We need to win the game. Then see how the other games go. If you want to play good T20 cricket, you need to forget things. We have had four to five days off. One has to understand the conditions. We have couple of changes. Last minute changes. Ashwin misses out because of a back spasm.”

Ashwin misses out with a back-spasm but we’re ready to #HallaBol in Dharamshala tonight!

— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 19, 2023

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The Rajasthan Royals will now need to regroup and make necessary adjustments to their game plan in Ashwin’s absence. The team management and players will have to rely on other available resources and step up to fill the void left by the experienced spinner. The match against the Punjab Kings presents an opportunity for the remaining players to showcase their skills and end the season on a high note.

As the final league match approaches, both teams will be eager to put up a strong performance. While the Rajasthan Royals will miss the services of Ashwin, they will be determined to make the most of the situation and give their best on the field with a win needed to keep the team alive in the competition.

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