Ravichandran Ashwin may not be playing in IPL 2017 but that hasn't stopped the Indian off-spinner from being in the news during the tenth edition of the tournament. After Gujarat Lions batsman Aaron Finch missed the game against Mumbai Indians due to a misplaced kit bag, there were some doubts about whether the same happened before Ashwin's IPL debut for CSK.
The Indian international promptly confirmed on Twitter what exactly transpired when he made his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians in the first match of the second edition of the Indian Premier League, which was held in South Africa.
In the opening game of IPL 2009, Chennai Super Kings took on Mumbai Indians at Cape Town. CSK won the toss and elected to field but Ashwin, who was selected as the solitary spinner in the side didn't bowl a single over as MI finished with 165/7 in their 20 overs courtesy fo a fifty from Sachin Tendulkar and a cameo from Abhishek Nayar.
In response, CSK could only manage 146/7 and Ashwin, who was slated to come in at No.11 didn’t get an opportunity to showcase his talent with the bat either. He would only go on to play one more match in the season for the side but did, however, establish himself as the No.1 spinner in the years to come and also became an established international.
After an impressive performance in the win over Ashwin's side, Rising Pune Supergiant, where he scored an unbeaten 33 and helped seal his side’s first win of the tournament, Finch would have been looking forward to continuing his impressive performance against MI but was robbed of that opportunity as he was replaced by Jason Roy and his side lost the game as well.
Here is the entire conversation:
@ashwinravi99 what is the verdict? true or was it wrong. think it was albie morkel!!!— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) April 16, 2017
@gaurav_sundar Had the kit bag but dint bowl or bat!— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 17, 2017