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India vs England Highlights, 3rd Test Day 3: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill take IND’s lead by 317 runs in Rajkot

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England’s Zak Crawley on the second day of the third test cricket match between India and England, at the Niranjan Shah Stadium, in Rajkot, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. (PTI)

Ashwin’s father Ravichandran on his son’s 500th Test wicket: ‘Turning point was his mother’s idea to switch to spin bowling because of wheezing’

Speaking to the media at the end of second day’s play, R Ashwin dedicated his 500th Test wicket to his father. “It’s been quite a long journey. Firstly I’d like to dedicate this feat to my father. He’s been with me through thick and thin, probably had a heart-attack every time he’s watched me play. His health has probably gone for a toss because of that.” Ashwin’s father, Ravichandran, recalls his son’s journey, which started with tennis ball cricket on the streets of West Mambalam in Chennai.

The 500-wicket milestone is an unforgettable moment for me. I’ve been dreaming about for a long time and this wicket will keep playing in my mind until my last breath.

My memory jogs back to the days when I took him on my scooter to school and for coaching. For a father to have a wish or a dream is one thing. But for the son to buy into it and make sacrifices is different. Ashwin made us live a dream.

To concentrate on both studies and sports is not easy. When he was young, he understood the effort I was putting in for him. (READ MORE)