IPL 2021: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had taken a break from the ongoing season to be with his family who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ashwin has played 5 matches for Delhi this season.
R Ashwin took a break from the IPL to be with his family who were fighting against Covid-19 (Courtesy of BCCI)
- R Ashwin took a break from IPL 2021 last month to help his family fight Covid-19 crisis
- Ashwin is likely to return to the last leg of IPL 2021
- The 14th season was hit by Covid-19 scare after 2 KKR players tested positive on Monday
India and Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to rejoin the team for the last leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, scheduled to get underway later this month. Ashwin had taken a break from the ongoing season to be with his family and extended family members in the fight against Covid-19.
Ashwin did not travel to Ahmedabad with the Delhi Capitals after the franchise completed their matches in the Chennai leg. Ashwin announced he was taking a break from IPL 2021 after DC’s Super Over victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 25.
“I would be taking a break from this year’s IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times,” Ashwin had said, hours after the match against Sunrisers.
With the situation improving back home, Ashwin might rejoin the former finalists. Ashwin will have to serve the mandatory 7-day quarantine period and return negative Covid-19 tests before rejoining the team bubble. Delhi Capitals are scheduled to travel to Kolkata for the last leg of their league phase games from May 11.
From what I hear @ashwinravi99 might be back with @DelhiCapitals for the last leg. Things at home are better is what I hear. So glad if that’s the case and I wish him some respite mentally. It will be great to see him back. We need leaders like him.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) May 3, 2021
Ashwin, who has featured in 5 matches so far in the season, never missed an opportunity on social media to remind his fans and followers about the importance of following safety protocols even as India has been badly hit by the second wave of Covid-19.
Ashwin’s wife Prithi Narayan shared the ordeal that her family and extended family went through after contracting Covid-19 days after the off-spinner decided to take a break.
I guess physical health will recover faster than mental health. Days 5-8 were the absolute worst for me. Everybody was there, offering help yet there’s no one with you. Most isolating disease. Please do reach out and seek help.
— Wear a mask. Take your vaccine. (@prithinarayanan) April 30, 2021
Notably, Delhi Capitals players were asked to isolate on a precautionary basis after positive Covid-19 cases emerged in IPL bubbles in Ahmedabad and Delhi. 2 Kolkata Knight Riders players tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, days after they faced Delhi in Ahmedabad. Notably, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji has also returned positive Covid-19 result.
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