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Ashwin to get hitched a day before Kolkata Test
Khurram Habib, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 09, 2011
First Published: 00:21 IST(9/11/2011)
Last Updated: 00:26 IST(9/11/2011)
Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat after getting 15,000 test runs during the third day of the first Test match against the West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

It seems to be a season of marriages in Indian cricket. But off-spinner R Ashwin's is turning out to be very, very special.

Opener Gautam Gambhir took a break from the Twenty20 game against England to get married before the Test series against the West Indies.

For Ashwin, though, cricket is his first love and he doesn't want to miss any of it. The Tamil Nadu tweaker ties the knot on November 13, a day before the second Test begins at Kolkata. His coach, Sunil Subramaniam, who was watching the game from the stands, confirmed this to HT.

So, it means marriage vows in Chennai and then a flight to Kolkata. Wonder what his wife has to stay?

But knowing Ashwin, he should balance it well just like he did to manage the ball on a wicket that in his words, "didn't respond".

"He is a very humble and down-to-earth kid," said Subramaniam. "He knows how to adjust to pitches." And, we hope in life as well.

Srinivasan drops by, meets Sundaram
BCCI president N Srinivasan, dropped by just before lunch to watch the third day's play. He spent some time at the stadium and had a meeting with the pitch curator, Venkat Sundaram, and a few DDCA officials.

After getting an assurance that the wicket won't be this slow and low during next year's Indian Premier League, he lunched and left for the airport to catch a flight to Chennai, an official told HT.


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