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Many people don’t like me because I take a stand: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin doubts whether we will be able to move forward as a nation if things go on like this.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: BCCI)

One of the finest bowlers in world cricket right now, Ravichandran Ashwin has a side of his own that is unknown to many. The right arm off spinner who holds the record for picking the most wickets in a single season (82 in 13 matches in 2016/17 season) has a big heart for children and would often play with them.

Ashwin does a lot of positive work outside cricket as he runs his own cricket coaching academy. Not only that, but any child with spatial dyslexia who gets admitted in his cricket academy gets free coaching.

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Speaking on the reason for the same, Ashwin quoted “There was a kid with thick glasses, who’d be outside my home at 2 pm in the Chennai heat. When he took catches, the ball would bounce off his hands and hit him on the chest. One day, the seam cut his hand.”

“Bleeding, he tried to retrieve the ball but struggled to pick it up. I took him to a doctor and was told he has spatial dyslexia. Since then, anybody with spatial dyslexia who enrols in my cricket academy gets free coaching”

Seeing a large blow-up of the TOI front page reporting Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, Ashwin, who was the Guest Editor of Times Of India on Friday, was highly fascinated and did give the whole thing a read.

“Seeing the old pages made me feel very nostalgic about my childhood, when I would religiously read newspapers every day. Even today, when I’m home, I love the feeling of physically turning the pages of a paper over a nice cup of coffee”

Ashwin who is not fond of social media that much has himself used social media to express his views on the various happenings in Tamil Nadu. He felt that it is right to express his thoughts as there are a lots of things happening in Tamil Nadu.

Ashwin quoted “The moment I say something political, there will be stones pelted at my house; my family and I also have to live. We are always worried about mobs. I have lived peacefully in the heart of Chennai all my life and I want to continue doing so. I don’t want to have to flee the country that I love and that has given me so much.”

The fastest bowler to reach the 250 wickets mark also talked about the pieces of advice people have given him and what he feels about the current state of the nation.

“But I do take a stand and there are many people who don’t like me because I take a stand. People often politicise the right intent that I have. At least a thousand people have told me not to comment on things, not to get perturbed.”

“Everybody wants the other to be mum and that has become a way of life for us. I don’t know if we will be able to move forward as a nation if it goes on like this. I can’t urge the others to do it but at least I can do what my conscience tells me is right,” Ashwin signed off.

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