‘I have not heard a question in such clean and pure Hindi’ – Ravi Ashwin gets bowled by a reporter’s question in ‘pure’ Hindi
'Over the years, my Hindi has gotten better.'
Published - Nov 15, 2019 12:16 pm | Updated - Nov 15, 2019 12:16 pm
Ravi Ashwin scripted history against Bangladesh in the ongoing Test match when the off-spinner became the fastest Indian to scalp 250 wickets at home in the longest format of the game. Ashwin became the third Indian bowler and 10th overall bowler to register his name into the record books.
Legendary Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan also took 42 home Tests to reach the 250-wicket mark. Ashwin is fifth on the list of bowlers (357 wickets) with the most number of dismissals in this decade. The list is headed by James Anderson, who has scalped 427 wickets in 105 Tests.
Usually known for his witty sense of humor, the off-spinner was left puzzled in a recent press conference. As Ashwin turned up for India’s press conference after Day 1 of the ongoing Test match against Bangladesh, he started providing insights and responded to the questions thrown at him by reporters. However, Ashwin was caught off-guard by the “clean and pure” Hindi that a journalist spoke in.
The journalist asked in pure Hindi- “What is the behaviour of the new and old pink balls during practice session so far and will the pink ball see an increase in the ratio of outright results?”
Ashwin, who was left bewildered by the question, responded by speaking a bit in Hindi and English. “With a lot of hard work, I actually managed to start speaking in Hindi. Over the years, my Hindi has gotten better, but I have not heard a question in such “clean and pure” Hindi! So, congrats to you for that. I am actually still thinking what the question was,” responded Ashwin with a cheeky laugh.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 14, 2019
Ravi Ashwin to play for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020
The 33-year-old has proved his worth in all formats of the game. A vital cog of India’s Test side, Ashwin has scalped 357 wickets for India at an economy of 2.83. He has also picked up 150 wickets in 111 ODIs including the best figures of 4/25. After leading Kings XI Punjab for two seasons, Ashwin is set to play for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020. However, it is yet unclear whether he will lead the side as current captain Shreyas Iyer fared well as captain of the Capitals in the previous season.