Even after winning the ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards on Thursday, Ravichandran Ashwin is making news for all the wrong reasons. The Indian cricket team off-spinner has hurt ODI skipper MS Dhoni’s fans by not mentioning the former Test captain in his thank you speech.
Ashwin was MS Dhoni’s lead spinner for a considerable period of time in the Indian team after making his Test debut in 2011 under Dhoni’s captaincy. Ashwin was also part of Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings bowling attack till the IPL team was suspended in 2014 on charges of betting and match fixing. They also played together for Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In his thank-you speech after becoming the ICC Cricketer of the year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the year, Ashwin made just a passing reference to Dhoni. Ashwin praised Virat Kohli instead.
“I’d like to dedicate this award to my family. I’d like to thank ICC and most importantly my team-mates. I’d also like to thank the support staff for our success. We’ve had a great transition ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni hung up his boots. A young captain has taken over, we fell on the right track, and we now have a new bunch of boys.”
Dhoni fans have not taken Ashwin’s words very kindly and took to social media to express their anger.
@ashwinravi99 you thanked everyone except the person who gave you these opportunities from being in CSK to Indian team— Piyush Chawla (@piyushchawla024) December 22, 2016
Ashwin became the third India player and 12th player overall to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016.
Ashwin followed in the footsteps of Rahul Dravid (2004) and Sachin Tendulkar (2010).
Ashwin was also adjudged the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, which has made him only the second India player after Dravid (2004) to bag the two coveted prizes in the same year.