Amid Coronavirus pandemic followed by worldwide lockdown, cricketers are engaging in different activities to entertain their fans and followers. Some are heading towards Q/A sessions while some are participating in chat symposiums. Following the bandwagon, India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got involved in an Instagram live chat with his new Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals (DC) through their official handle.
During the conversation, Ashwin talked about COVID-19 and how the fascinating game will change when normalcy returns. The off-spinner said, “If you go back in time and watch the classics, you will see people used to celebrate wickets by clapping away from each other”.
Ashwin said that it is crucial to take care of nature and accept the new normal. He also spoke about his early days in cricket and stated, “I played as an opening batsman at the under-17 level and used to bowl a bit of off-spin”.
Ashwin, then, revealed that his coach had predicted about his cricketing career. The 33-year-old said that his coach forecasted that he would play for India as an off-spinner.
“When I was about to join college, my coach told me that you would go on to play for India as an off-spinner”, said Ashwin.
The Chennai-born expressed that his journey from being a batsman to becoming an off-spinner has been tremendous. Ashwin also revealed how he managed to juggle between engineering and cricket.
“Managing engineering and cricket helped me a lot as whenever I went to play, I wanted to give my 100 per cent”, added the offie.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer made his debut for India in 2010 against Sri Lanka in an ODI. So far, Ashwin has played 111 ODIs and taken 150 wickets with an economy rate of 4.91. When it comes to Test cricket, the quality bowler has featured in 71 matches and bagged 365 wickets. In the shortest format, Ashwin has donned the prestigious Indian jersey in 46 games and has earned 52 wickets with an economy rate of 4.91.
The spin wizard was supposed to join his new team DC in the 2020 edition of IPL, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was forced to postpone the 13th season of the cash-rich league for an indefinite time due to Coronavirus outbreak.