Ravichandran Ashwin’s consistency with the bat and ball makes him an outstanding player on the field. Off the field, it is his consistency with words that has won many hearts. The 30-year-old from Tamil Nadu had shared a special message for the Indian soldiers on Diwali where he had promised to have a cup of coffee with them someday. Post the second Test match, Ashwin went on board to INS Jalashwa and fulfilled his promise. He interacted with the sailors and officers and expressed his gratitude to all the three forces guarding the nation.
Ashwin, in his video post had said, “Namaste, Diwali ke ye sunehre afsar par aap sab ko hardik shubhkamnayein. Mein aur sab log khushiyaan mana rahe hai magar aise bhi log hai jinke liye Diwali ke din bhi koi chutti nahin hai. Aaj wo humari suraksha kar rahe hai isliye har ghar mein diye jal rahe. Mein un bahadur bhaiyon aur beheno ko salaam karta hun. Happy Diwali to the Indian armed forces. Meine aaj do cup ki coffee banayi hai, ek mere liye aur ek unke yaad mein… kisi din milke piyenge.”
(“Greetings, my best wishes to everyone on the occasion of Diwali. I and along with me, many people are celebrating the festival with friends and family but there are people who are working even on Diwali. They are protecting us and that is the reason why we are able to light lamps freely at our homes. I want to salute to those brave brothers and sisters of mine. Happy Diwali to the Indian armed forces. I made two cups of coffee today. One is for me and the other one is for our soldiers. Someday, we will drink it together.”)
In the ongoing series against England, India won the second Test at Visakhapatnam by 246 runs. Ashwin scored 65 runs (58 and 7) in the two innings and picked up 8/119 in the match. This is Ashwin’s best bowling performance against England so far.
WATCH: Ashwin’s message to Indian armed forces on Diwali
(Video Courtesy: Facebook/Ashwin Ravi)