India’s Test specialist Ravichandran Ashwin, recently responded to ICC’s post enquiring one and all about the biggest misconception they had while growing up.
While recalling his childhood days, Ashwin opened up on believing that the aerated drinks caused cricketers to replenish their energy levels.
“What cricket misconception did you have for way too long as a child?” asked ICC through their Twitter handle.
To which Ashwin replied by saying, “That all cricketers had aerated drinks to regain lost energy and keep good health.”
What cricket misconception did you have for way too long as a child?
— ICC (@ICC) April 13, 2020
That all cricketers had aerated drinks to regain lost energy and keep good health. https://t.co/qNmXb64xBw
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 14, 2020
The credit must go to the extensive advertising campaigns done by leading soft drinks companies such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola in the bygone era.
For many years, Sachin Tendulkar was the face of Pepsi’s campaign in India while Virender Sehwag was involved with Coca-Cola.
During the World Cup of 2003, the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and many other stalwarts, featured in the famous advertisement of Pepsi.
However, there has been a sharp decrease in the involvement of players in commercials for aerated drinks as cricketers do not intend to endorse what is an unhealthy product for a growing body.
Ashwin too seemed to be a gullible victim of the extensive advertisement campaign of soft drinks, as he thought the product helped in enriching the health levels of cricketers.
The off-spinner was recently part of India’s tour of New Zealand which the visitors lost by 2-nil. The former Kings XI Punjab captain was scheduled to take part in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), donning the jersey of Delhi Capitals.
But the tournament is now suspended indefinitely with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Ashwin was slated to join Test specialists Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari in the Delhi Capitals roster for the 2020 edition of IPL.