Ravichandran Ashwin's call-up to national squad for 2021 World Cup came as a surprise to everyone. Having been out of India's limited-overs set-up for quite a few years, it looked like the end of road for the off-spinner in ODIs and T20Is. However, due to an injury to Washington Sundar, the doors suddenly opened once again and courtesy Ashwin's consistent performances in IPL for Delhi Capitals, the experienced campaigner was sensationally named in the 15-member squad.
As the 35-year-old returned in the Blue colours of India, his daughter seemed to have a very hilarious reaction. Ravichandran Ashwin shared his photo in national jersey on Sunday with his daughter standing behind, as he disclosed the story behind same in the caption. He stated, "When your daughter says ‘I have never seen you in this jersey appa’ can’t leave her out of the picture. Can you?"
Ashwin played his last limited-overs match for India in 2017
Notably, the statement from Ravichandran Ashwin's daughter, who is around 6 years old, looks quite an honest one from the kid. She must have been very small when her father last played for India in limited-overs cricket in 2017. Ashwin's last appearance in Indian Blues came on 9 July, 2017 and since then he has only played in 'Whites' for the national side i.e. Test cricket.
Team India captain Virat Kohli had also opened up on the decision to call Ashwin back for the mega event, during the pre-tournament press-conference. He said, "Ashwin has been rewarded for reviving his white-ball skills altogether. He bowls with a lot of courage in white-ball cricket."
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“If you saw the IPL in the last couple of years, he’s bowled difficult overs, he’s bowled against the top players in the IPL, and not being shy to put the ball in the right areas. Spinners can get intimidated by the way power hitters hit the ball, but Ashwin believed in his skill set," Kohli added.
The 32-year-old opined that Ashwin's variations and experience is something that the team could benefit from in UAE. As the spinner would be raring to guide his side to another ICC trophy, his daughter would be hoping to get used to seeing her father in the prestigious Indian Blue jersey.