In what has become a bolt from the blue event, veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has decided to walk out from the current edition of the Indian Premier League. Ashwin has been one of the crucial players of the Delhi Capitals and his announcement has come as a big blow to the team.
Ashwin has on Monday said that his family is currently fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic and he wants to support them. He didn't rule out the chance to come back as he said that he hopes to return to the league if things go in the right direction. He has made the announcement of taking a break from the current season after his team Delhi Capitals registered a thrilling super-over victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
The 34-year-old cricketer took to Twitter and wrote, "I would be taking a break from this year's IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you Delhi Capitals". Besides playing cricket, Ashwin had shown that he has been learning about the adversity posed by the COVID-19 second wave to the country.
Earlier, Ashwin had expressed concern about the pandemic and the nation's grim challenges. He wrote, "Heartbreaking to see what’s happening around my country! I am not in the healthcare fraternity, but my sincere gratitude to each of them. I would also like to make an earnest appeal to every Indian to exercise caution and stay safe."
"I know there will be people who will retort with a tweet about my position of privilege. I would like to reiterate that this is a virus that spares no one and I am in this fight with all of you. Let me know if I can help and I promise to help anyone that is within my capacity", he added. He also had asked for a plasma donor in Mumbai after a Twitter user appealed to him to help if possible.
After he announced that he has decided to walk out from the current IPL to support his family, the management of Delhi Capitals had extended its full support. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Capitals said, "Extending our full support to you in these difficult times @ashwinravi99. Sending you and your family all the strength and prayers from all of us in Delhi Capitals".
Several cricketers and social media users have also been extending their wishes to Ashwin and his family. Delhi Capitals Coach Ricky Ponting said, "Stay safe, look after your family, and hopefully we will see you soon". Veteran Cricketer Irfan Pathan said, "Go well, Ash. Hope your family and the whole situation in the country gets better soon." Actor Suniel Shetty took to Twitter and wrote, "Wishing your loved ones a speedy recovery @ashwinravi99...prayers and thoughts with you as they heal".
I would be taking a break from this years IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals 🙏🙏— Stay home stay safe! Take your vaccine🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 25, 2021
🚨 UPDATE 🚨— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 25, 2021
Ravichandran Ashwin has decided to take a break from #IPL2021 to support his family in the fight against #COVID19, with the option to return should things get better.
We at Delhi Capitals extend him our full support 💙#YehHaiNayiDilli pic.twitter.com/A9BFoPkz7b