Ravichandran Ashwin Might Rejoin Delhi Capitals For The Last Leg Of IPL 2021
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Ravichandran Ashwin Might Rejoin Delhi Capitals For The Last Leg Of IPL 2021

R Ashwin
R Ashwin. Image Credits: Twitter

Ravichandran Ashwin, India and Delhi Capitals off-spinner had taken a break from the ongoing IPL 14 season to be with his family who was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ravichandran Ashwin had played 5 matches for Delhi this season picking 1 scalp besides scoring 7 runs.

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. Ravichandran Ashwin had taken a break and exited the bio bubble to be with his family and extended family members in the fight against Covid-19.

Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)

Ravichandran Ashwin Might Rejoin Delhi Capitals For The Last Leg Of IPL 2021

Ravichandran Ashwin did not travel to Ahmedabad with the Delhi Capitals after the franchise completed their matches in the Chennai leg. He announced he was taking a break from IPL 2021 after DC’s Super Over victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 25. In his absence, DC used Lalit Yadav who has faired well in his few outings.

“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.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: IPL)

With the situation improving back home, the off-spinner might rejoin the former finalists of IPL 2020. He 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.

Ravichandran 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. His 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.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

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. Two Kolkata Knight Riders players namely Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, days after they faced Delhi in Ahmedabad. Notably, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji has also returned a positive Covid-19 result.

Delhi Capitals will move to Kolkata for the final/ last leg of their league phase that will commence on May 11. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled tight overs for his franchise during the slog overs. The off-spinner is an experienced player so he can assist Rishabh Pant in making key decisions during crunch situations.