[VIDEO] Ravichandran Ashwin reveals why he stopped watching India play after being sidelined
It was a tough third day's play for Team India in the ongoing first Test versus South Africa in Visakhapatnam on Friday (October 4). From 39 for 3 at stumps on day two, many would have believed the South Africans would fall like nine pins in the next day but the opposite happened as the visitors bounced back courtesy Dean Elgar (160), Quinton de Kock (111) and skipper Faf du Plessis' 55. As a result, South Africa ended the day's proceedings at 385 for 8, trailing India by 117 runs.
While it was a long day on the field for the home side, the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team had something to cheer for during the fag end of the day courtesy spin duo, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. The former became the fastest left-armer to 200 Test wickets, whereas Ashwin helped himself to his 27th fifer and fifth five-wicket haul versus the Proteas in whites.
As a result, when Ashwin came for the press conference post the day's play, he was in a cheerful mood. On being asked as to why he had stopped watching the game after being sidelined, the 33-year-old replied in a hilarious manner. He stated, "I have two kids who don't sleep & I got drawn to books & archaeology."
Reporter: Why did you stop watching the game?— BCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2019
Ashwin: I have two kids who don't sleep & I got drawn to books & archaeology #TeamIndia#INDvSA@ashwinravi99pic.twitter.com/y3Zv4iMFBG
It is not an unknown fact that Ashwin wasn't a part of the Test line-up since the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 played Down Under. He got injured after the first Test, which India won by 31 runs, and was later on replaced by Kuldeep Yadav. Further, India preferred to play Jadeja instead of him in West Indies due to the former's much-improved batting since mid-2018.
Recently, former Indian opener and the original Master Blaster Sunil Gavaskar blasted the team management for keeping Ashwin out of contention from the playing XI and told the official broadcasters, "I think there is more to it than just cricketing performances which is the reason he just finds himself sidelined more often than somebody with his record should be. Somebody who has got almost 350 wickets can’t be sidelined as regularly as he has been."
Talking about the ongoing first Test, Ashwin led to the dismissals of Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Quinton de Kock and Theunis de Bruyn to end day three with figures of 5 for 128.