Ashwin's was one of the no balls which gave Man of the Match Lendl Simmons a reprieve and helped him anchor West Indies' successful chase of a stiff target of 193 at the Wankhede Stadium here.
"The day I went back home my dog had heat stroke. He had fits. It just showed me what is more important and what is very very important in life. I did not turn up a piece of paper for next three days. I haven't read about what people had said," Ashwin said ahead of his new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants' opening IPL game against title-holders Mumbai Indians tomorrow.
"There have been good enough journalists and knowledgeable people who said I had not bowled a no-ball for ages and to have bowled one no ball, I don't become a villain. If that's the perception I don't know how to counter that," the bowler said at a media conference.
Ashwin was widely castigated in the media for bowling a no-ball - being a spinner - off which he had Simmons caught at point, only for the batsman to escape on 15 and play a match-winning innings that knocked India out of the World T20 nine days ago.

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