Senior Indian senior Ravichandran Ashwin decided to take a break from the ongoing IPL, saying his family “are currently battling COVID-19” and want to support them.
The 34-year-old is competing for the Delhi Capitals this season and hopes to return to the squad “if things go in the right direction”.
“I will take a break from this year’s IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are fighting # COVID19 and I want to support them during these trying times, ”Ashwin posted on his Twitter page after DC’s game against SunRisers Hyderabad here on Sunday night.
“I expect to come back and play if things go in the right direction. Thanks @DelhiCapitals, ”added the Chennai-based player.
I would take a break from this year’s IPL starting tomorrow. My family and extended family are fighting against # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE and I want to support them during these difficult times. I expect to come back and play if things go the right way. Thank you @DelhiCapitals 🙏🙏
– Stay at home, be careful! Take your vaccine🇮🇳 (@ ashwinravi99) April 25, 2021
We learn that a very close family member has tested positive for the dreaded virus.
His frankness promised him full support in a post on Twitter.
“We offer our full support in these trying times, @ ashwinravi99. I send you and your family all the strength and prayers of all of us in Delhi Capitals,” DC said.
– Capitals of Delhi (@DelhiCapitals) April 25, 2021
Alright Ash. Hope your family and the whole situation in the country will improve soon.
– Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 25, 2021
Ashwin became the first Indian player to withdraw from the league due to a COVID-19 situation in the family.
Since the IPL takes place in a bio-bubble, Ashwin will need to be in quarantine for a few days if he decides to come back and compete, which would also impact his future availability in the tournament.
In a previous tweet, Ashwin expressed his concern about the pandemic currently ravaging the country.
“Heartbroken to see what is happening in my country! I am not in the health fraternity, but my sincere gratitude to each of them. I would also like to make a serious appeal to every Indian to exercise caution and stay safe, ”he said.
I know there will be people who will reply with a tweet about my privileged position. I want to reiterate that this is a virus that spares no one and I am in this fight with all of you. Let me know if I can help and I promise to help anyone who is in my capacity
– Stay at home, be careful! Take your vaccine🇮🇳 (@ ashwinravi99) April 23, 2021
India is registering more than 3 lakh of cases per day over the past few days and the health infrastructure is struggling to cope with the increase with the shortage of oxygen and some essential drugs exacerbating the crisis.