Senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin decides to take a break from the ongoing IPL, saying his family is currently “fighting COVID-19” and wants to support them.
The 34-year-old is vying for the capital, Delhi, this season and hopes to step back “if things go in the right direction”.
“From tomorrow I would take a break from this year’s IPL. My family and extended family are fighting # COVID19 and I want to support them in these difficult times,” Ashwin posted on his Twitter page after DC’s game against SunRisers Hyderabad here in Sunday night.
“I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals,” added the Chennai-based player.
Of course, a very close member of his family tested positive for the dreaded virus. His franchise promises him full support in his own Twitter post.
“We extend our full support to you in these difficult times, @ ashwinravi99. We send you and your family all the strength and prayers of all of us in the capital Delhi,” DC said.
Ashwin became the first Indian player to retire from the league due to a COVID-19 situation in the family.
Given that the IPL is held in a bio-bubble, Ashwin will have to be quarantined for a few days if he decides to return and compete, which would also affect his availability in the tournament.
In an earlier tweet, Ashwin expressed concern about the pandemic that is currently ravaging the country.
“My heart breaks to see what is happening around my country! I am not in the fraternity of health, but my sincere gratitude to each of them. I would also like to sincerely call on every Indian to exercise caution and be safe. “he said I said.
Over the past few days, India has registered more than 3 varnishes daily, and health infrastructure is struggling with rising oxygen shortages and some important drugs that are contributing to the crisis.