India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is celebrating his 35th birthday today (September 17) and has been getting messages on social media since morning. His India captain Virat Kohli and teammate Ishant Sharma were one of the first ones to wish him on social media.
Ashwin is currently gearing up for the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season where he will resume playing for the Delhi Capitals after the Covid-pandemic-forced break for the last 5 months.
Ashwin will be keen to get do well with the white ball and show his mettle in the shortest format once again after getting picked in India’s T20 World Cup squad earlier this month.
It won’t be an easy task though for Ashwin, who hasn’t played any cricket since his county stint with Surrey in England in July. The Tamil Nadu tweaker was kept out of India’s playing XI in the four Tests in England despite repeated calls for his inclusion.
Ashwin wasn’t at his best in the first part of IPL 2021, having picked just 1 wicket from 5 games for DC along with just 7 runs with the bat. DC was the only team which played 8 matches and gathered 12 points to lead the 8-team table with Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore completing the top-three.
DC will restart their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Stadium on September 22.
IPL 2021 was initially postponed indefinitely after just 29 matches in May due to the second wave of Covid-19 in India.
But the Indian cricket board (BCCI) was able to find out a window to slot in the remaining 31 games to complete the season and thus, decided to take the tournament to the UAE where it will be played from September 19 to October 15 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Oman.