R Ashwin’s Milestone 100th Test: Sunil Gavaskar’s Special Request and Ashwin’s Humble Response

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Sunil Gavaskar hopes to see Rohit Sharma promote Ravichandran Ashwin to lead the team in Dharamsala, but the spinner himself has modest expectations.  He’s been an integral part of Indian cricket for over 13 years, contributing to many memorable moments, including reaching the top of the ICC Test rankings, playing in two World Test Championship finals, and securing victories against Australia in their own backyard twice.

In just 10 days, Ashwin will reach a significant milestone in his illustrious career as he prepares to play his 100th Test match. He’ll join only 13 other Indian cricketers who have achieved this feat. Currently at 99 Tests, Ashwin will join the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ishant Sharma in this exclusive club when he plays on March 7th.

Ashwin, a cricket giant dedicated to Indian cricket, impressed with his bowling against England on Day 3 in Ranchi. Despite his performance, he praised his spin-bowling partner, Kuldeep Yadav. Legendary Sunil Gavaskar made a special request to Rohit Sharma for the next game in Dharamsala, focusing on Ashwin.

Gavaskar expressed his wish for you to lead the team onto the field in Dharamsala if India wins tomorrow. He sees it as a great honor for your contributions to Indian cricket.

Gavaskar, a cricket legend, has often voiced his wish to see Ashwin lead the team. Ashwin, in his 13-year career, has played various roles but never as captain. With the traditional view on captaincy in Indian cricket, it seemed unlikely. Kohli led for nearly 7 years before handing over to Rohit Sharma, as India still hesitates on split captaincy. Gavaskar recently reiterated his belief that Ashwin should have been made Test captain two years ago, and now, with the series almost won, why not give him the chance at the HPCA Stadium?

Ashwin, however, chose to concentrate on the task at hand. He expressed having no expectations and simply aims to employ his skills to outwit the batter while relishing every moment with the team for as long as possible. In response to Sunny bhai’s generosity, Ashwin thanked him but reiterated his lack of expectations, emphasizing his enjoyment of being with the team.

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