MS Dhoni Did Not Know Who I Was: Ravichandran Ashwin

MS Dhoni Did Not Know Who I Was: Ravichandran Ashwin

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One of India’s most celebrated off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, had said that MS Dhoni did not know who he was when he first entered the Chennai Super Kings squad. Ravichandran Ashwin made his debut for CSK in the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he got into the star-studded lineup.

MS Dhoni was the skipper of the team, and he always sought Ravichandran Ashwin as his go-to bowler. MS Dhoni-led CSK to a couple of IPL titles consecutively in 2010 and 2011.

R Ashwin proved to be the handiest bowler for MS Dhoni as he picked 13 wickets in the 2010 season and improved his stats in 2011 with 20 wickets in CSK’s title run.

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R Ashwin. Image Credits: IPL

Now, R Ashwin had revealed that he had to impress MS Dhoni as he did not know who Ravichandran Ashwin was when he first broke into the scene.

R Ashwin Narrates His First Meeting With MS Dhoni In IPL

Ashwin did not disappoint his captain and being the local boy, soon became an integral part of the Yellow Brigade by producing several match-winning performances. In a chat with cricket expert Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, Ashwin recalled how he was unheard of when he first entered the team and added how he had to impress Dhoni.

MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, CSK
Photo: BCCI

MS Dhoni did not know who Ashwin was. I had to catch the eye of MS Dhoni. So if I had caught the eyes of MS Dhoni, I had the best chance,” Ashwin said.

Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future

IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely.

Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.

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IPL 2020 Image Credits: BCCI

On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors. However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.

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