Ashton Turner was overwhelmed after his heroic innings in Mohali helped Australia gun down 359 against India in the fourth ODI to complete their record chase in ODIs and level the five-match series 2-2 on Sunday. Turner, who was playing his first match of the series in place of an injured Marcus Stoinis played a memorable innings to get Australia home.
Turner hit a sensational 43-ball 84 and knocked around all the Indian bowlers to get Australia to victory. Peter Handscomb’s 117 off 105 deliveries set it up and Turner finished the job.
“I’m lost for words. I turned up to the ground today. Marcus Stoinis was doing his fitness test. He had a broken thumb, I thought he would play today and I would be carrying drinks. But I had to transition my mind from not playing to playing. I had a lot of confidence. I was ready to go if given a chance. It’s not every day that we get to play,” Turner said at the post-match presentation ceremony after winning the man-of-the-match award.
Turner accepted that he rode his luck as well at times but said that “batting is a lot of fun”.
“I thought India played really well and it was a great game of cricket. Batting is a lot of fun, there were a few close calls, I know I didn’t nick the one that went upstairs, but heart was racing. Few drop catches, very fortunate. It doesn’t always happen,” Turner further said.
Turner revealed that Australian great Matthew Hayden had spent a lot of time with him in the net and said it was great to sit and chat with him about batting.
“Haydos [Hayden] has been great to me, privileged to get my cap from him, still nervous standing up and talking to him. He’s spent a lot of time with me in the nets, was a brilliant player of spin bowling. He’s a legend, great to sit down and chat with him. Nice to hear good words from him. Try my best to watch ball closely against spin, easier to watch than not watch it.”