Ravichandran Ashwin lauds Tamil Nadu Premier League
Published - Aug 31, 2016 9:34 am | Updated - Aug 31, 2016 9:34 am
Ravi Ashwin made his much-awaited TNPL debut at Chepauk in Chennai where he led the Dindigul Dragons to a 48-run win against the Ruby Kanchi Warriors. In spite of not making much of an impact with either bat of the ball, Ashwin managed to secure his first TNPL win as skipper. He bowled just the two overs, picked up one wicket, and scored a run-a-ball 15 whilst batting up the order.
But an hour before play, Ashwin tweeted: “See you at Chepauk tonight!! Hoping for the rains to stay away” to set the twitter ablaze.
Speaking about the impact made by the Tamil Nadu Premier League so far, the 29-year old Ravi Ashwin stated that the fact that the Chennai Super Kings were banned from the IPL certainly did not make it easy for the cricket crazy state of Tamil Nadu. However, he also went on to add that tapping the talent from the smaller cities of the massive state.
“We didn’t have cricket from Chennai Super Kings for the last year and we won’t have it for the next year as well. Though TN is a big state, we haven’t tapped into a lot of talents in the districts. This tournament is an excellent opportunity for them to excel,” Ashwin said.
Speaking about Chepauk, Ashwin added that he felt nostalgia each time he made it to the ground. Moreover, Ashwin added that donning the yellow jersey of the CSK side was indeed something he was proud to have achieved. “I have a lot of special memories on this ground. As a kid, I remember watching Sachin’s hundred against England in 1992-1993 series and my 12-wicket haul against Australia in 2013 are some great memories. In fact, I would take this ground in my back pocket wherever I go. I have played a lot here for Chennai Super Kings wearing a yellow jersey. It’s a wonderful feeling being here,” added Ashwin.