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The return of the homeboy - R Ashwin at Chepauk

By Ankush Bhatia -

Team India is all set to play the last test of the England series at Chepauk, Chennai. Even though the stakes for the match are not high as India has already won the series, but it is still exciting for fans and players particularly R Ashwin who returns to his home and will play against the home crowd at the peak of his powers. 

At the occasion, Ashwin gets nostalgic speaking about Chennai in an interview with BCCI. Ashwin’s connection with Chepauk began as early as 1992 when he was 6 years old and came to witness a test match between India and England and his passion drove him through to the other side of the spectrum as he will walk down the stadium again for India Vs England game but this time as a player. His dedication and love for the game was such that he has not missed a single test at Chepauk.

Ashwin has played one test at Chepauk earlier against Australia, so it won’t be new for his family to see him play there but it will certainly be exciting for Ashwin as he knows that now he is running the show and is expecting the home crowd behind him at all the times.

Speaking on the pitch for the match, he will be happy with pitch curator K Parthasarathy, popularly known as ‘Pacha’ who has been on the job for 25 years. The pitch, he concludes will behave the same as Wankhede wicket, viz, extra bounce and so will be the intensity of the team. Ashwin declares that the team would not pull the step back from the accelerator and will look to seal the series 4-0. 

Despite of Chennai been struck with the Cyclone Vardah, Ashwin expects the crowd to turn up for the match as he displays faith in the spirit of the city to recover from the disaster. Let’s hope the homeboy and his crowd have a good time at Chepauk.