Ben Duckett takes a dig at Ravichandran Ashwin following his move to Worcestershire
In all likelihood, Ashwin will play his maiden county match against Gloucestershire on August 28.
Published - Aug 17, 2017 12:33 pm | Updated - Aug 17, 2017 12:33 pm
Indian bowling dynamo, Ravichandran Ashwin, is all set to make his county debut later this month for Division 2 side, Worcestershire County Cricket Club. Ashwin will replace Australian spearhead John Hastings in the squad. The pacer will not be available for the rest of the season after he incurred a serious foot injury. The 30-year-old off-spinner was encouraged to participate in county cricket after he was rested from the squad for the upcoming ODI series against England.
The news was confirmed by The Professional Cricketers’ Association on Twitter and also release a welcome note for the Indian stating, “Welcome to county cricket & the PCA @ashwinravi99 – signed by @WorcsCCC as overseas player for rest of season.”
However, soon enough, Ben Duckett, who plays for Northamptonshire Cricket Club replied and trolled Ashwin hilariously. He tweeted, “Shame we’ve already played Worcester twice.”
To put that into context, Northamptonshire has already played both their games against Worcester and Duckett was referring to the missed chance to score heavily against the off-spinner.
You can see the tweets below
— The PCA (@PCA) August 15, 2017
Shame we've already played Worcester twice ? https://t.co/ZyLURZPQAF
— Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) August 15, 2017
Lauding the off-spinner, county’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes said, “It is a really important last few games in the Championship and to have someone of his class is a huge boost for the club, The good thing about Ravi is he has been successful on all types of pitches in all sorts of different countries. He is a class bowler who will bowl well here.”
Ashwin has struggled on overseas pitches sporadically, in both formats of the game, and the Indian captain, as well as the board, believes that the county experience will help him perform better in alien conditions.
In all likelihood, Ashwin will play his maiden county match against Gloucestershire on August 28. Fans might also see him play against his country man Cheteshwar Pujara, who plays for Nottinghamshire, when the teams face each other on September 5.