Ashwin continued by expressing optimism for cricketing nations that do not belong to the mainstream Test-playing category, asserting that UAE's triumph provides hope for aspiring cricketers from such regions. UAE chose to bowl first and limited New Zealand to a total of 142-8. The team then chased down the target, scoring 144 for 3 in 15.4 overs, with captain Muhammad Waseem (55) and Asif Khan (48) leading the charge.

Reflecting on the rise of other cricketing nations, Ashwin referred to Rashid Khan's journey, the Afghan player who made a significant impact in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and helped elevate Afghanistan's cricketing reputation. Ashwin stated, "When @rashidkhan_19 broke into the IPL, Afghans weren’t a feared cricketing nation at world cups but now no one can refuse that fact."

Ashwin further speculated on the future, envisioning more nations finding representation in the IPL and subsequently revitalizing the cricketing landscape in their respective countries. He concluded by congratulating UAE on their victory and acknowledging the potential of such achievements in shaping the sport's global trajectory.

The rise of players like Rashid Khan from Afghanistan has been a standout storyline in world cricket over the past decade. With 556 wickets at an impressive average of 18.30 and an economy rate of 6.45 in 410 T20 games, Rashid's impact is undeniable. 

He has also been instrumental in Afghanistan's ODI and T20I performances, with 167 and 130 wickets respectively. Additionally, he boasts 34 wickets from 5 Test matches, showcasing his versatility across formats.