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IND vs ENG: R Ashwin’s Wife Prithi Recalls ‘Longest 48 Hours’ Amidst 500th And 501st Wickets

IND vs ENG: R Ashwin’s Wife Prithi Recalls ‘Longest 48 Hours’ Amidst 500th And 501st Wickets
R Ashwin and his Wife Prithi

Experienced Indian spinner R Ashwin encountered a whirlwind of events during the third Test against England, marking a tumultuous 48-hour period. Shortly after achieving the milestone of claiming his 500th Test wicket, Ashwin faced an abrupt departure from the ongoing Rajkot Test due to a family emergency back home.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) promptly issued a statement announcing his mid-match exit on Day 2. Despite the unexpected turn of events, Ashwin managed to rejoin the Indian squad on Day 4 after attending to his familial obligations in Chennai. His return proved significant as he played a pivotal role in India’s commanding 434-run victory over England.

Making an impact with the ball, Ashwin secured a wicket during his economical six-over spell, conceding just 19 runs. Ravi Shastri disclosed on-air that the BCCI arranged a charter plane to expedite Ashwin’s return from Chennai to Rajkot, underscoring the urgency of his reinstatement into the team.

Ashwin’s wife said: “We chased the 500 to Hyderabad, it didn’t happen. To Vizag, it didn’t happen. So I just bought a ton of sweets and gave it to everyone at home at 499. 500 came and went quietly. Till it didn’t. A lot happened between 500 and 501. Longest 48 hours of our lives. But this is about the 500. And the 499 before that. What a phenomenal achievement. What a phenomenal guy. I am insanely proud of you Ravi Ashwin. We love you.”


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Ashwin’s swift reintegration into the squad and subsequent performance underscored his unwavering professionalism and dedication both to the sport and his teammates. However, the challenges faced during those 48 hours were revealed by his wife, Prithi Narayanan, shedding light on the emotional toll of the situation.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma commended Ashwin’s commitment in his post-match remarks, emphasizing the significance of his decision to prioritize family obligations while also acknowledging his prompt return to the team.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s departure and subsequent comeback amid a family emergency exemplify his resilience and commitment, contributing not only to India’s victory but also highlighting the complexities athletes often face in balancing personal and professional responsibilities.

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