Senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has decided to require an opportunity from the continued Indian premier league (IPL), saying that his family is currently’’ putting up a fight against covid19 and he wants to support them.
Aswin posted on his Twitter page after Delhi capital’s game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday night ‘’ I would be taking a break from this year’s IPL, from tomorrow. my family and relatives are putting up a fight against COVID-19 and that i want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things enter the proper direction.
In an earlier tweet, Aswin had expressed concern about the pandemic affecting the country right now and tweeted that ‘’ heartbreaking to see what happens around my country! I am not in the healthcare fraternity but my sincere gratitude towards each of them. I would also wish to make an earnest appeal to each Indian to exercise caution and stay safe.
Aswin had become the first Indian player to pull out of the league because of a covid 19 situation in the family. He played DC’s match against SRH on Sunday. In which DC rode on a half-century by Prithvi Shaw and handy knocks from Rishabh Pant and Steve Smith to post at a complete of 159/4.
DC seemed to have sealed the win after Axar Patel struck twice in an over, with SRH needing 28 off the final two overs. As Williamson managed to tie the game and take the match to a super over.
Ashwin gave away 27 runs for no wickets in his four overs. They would have eight, but Warner was found to have run one short.
With Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant sent in to face Rashid Khan, the DC managed to pull off the chase of the final delivery to seal their fourth win of the season.
Given that the IPL is being held during a bio-bubble. Ashwin will need to be in quarantine for a few days if he decides to return back and compete, which might also impact his availability going forward within the tournament.
As India is recording over 3 lakh daily cases for the past few days and the health infrastructure is struggling to handle the rise with the shortage of oxygen, hospital beds, and crucial medicines during this crisis.