Ravichandran Ashwin open challenge for Cheteshwar Pujara during England series!
Galatta | Jan 26, 2021, 06:11 pm
All of India's cricketing fans are on a high, following the Men in Blue's historic series victory Down Under, against the Australians! Coming from behind and winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with an iconic win at the Gabba, making it the first time that the Gabbatoir was breached in 32 years, made the win all the more satisfying for the Indian cricketers and fans! One of the key architects of this series win - Indian bowling allrounder Ravichandran Ashwin, is well known for his on-field heorics as well as his off-field wit! He emerged as quite a social media icon during the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown, interviewing a number of foreign players, former cricketers as well as his own teammates on social media and has generated quite a following for his YouTube page as well. Now, after becoming injured during the 3rd Test, Ashwin was ruled out of the 4th and final Test with an injury and did not participate in it but valiantly saved the 3rd Test with his batting heroics, alongside the also injured Hanuma Vihari!
During this Australia tour, Ashwin had been regularly posting videos on his YouTube channel, about his teammates, the way India played and a number of other things. Ashwin also had some of India's coaching staff for company, on his videos, providing insight into the way India approached their game. In one of Ashwin's recently uploaded videos, he is seen interacting with India's batting coach Vikram Rathour. While conversing with the coach, Ashwin jokingly asked him if India's rock-solid batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, would ever come down the track and hit any off-spinner over the top! Replying to this question, Vikram Rathour said, "Work-in-progress! I'm trying to convince him to go over the top atleast once. He is still not convinced. He is giving me great reasons!"
Responding to this statement, Ashwin jokingly issued Pujara an open challenge! He said, "If he (Pujara) goes over the top against Moeen Ali or any other spinner, stepping down the wicket in this English series that we're gonna play, I will take off half my moustache and come to play the game! This is an open challenge." Rathour acknowledged that it was indeed a great challenge and hoped Pujara takes it up but ended up saying that he probably wouldn't do it! However, on a serious note, Rathour added that Pujara was one of his favourite players in the team and that he loved the batsman's attitude. He added that the way Pujara prepares and bats is a coach's dream. Rathour went on to add that the way Pujara batted in the last Test against Australia, despite getting repeatedly hit on his body by short, fast balls and the injuries he had, did not have enough words of praise! Pujara and Ashwin are expected to soon be seen in action in the first of the 4 Tests against England, beginning in Chennai on February 5th!