India are currently hosting the Proteas for a three-match Test series between two nations. As the first Test went underway at the VDCA Stadium on October 2. Indian spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin made a comeback into the playing 11 after 10 months. In his comeback Test, Ashwin was the star performer with the ball as the right-arm spinner scalped 7 wickets in South Africa’s first innings. Ashwin claimed his 27th Test five-wicket haul on his way to figures of 46.2-11-145-7. His 7 wickets enabled India to gain a 71-run lead over the visitors as South Africa were bowled out for 431 early on Day 4.
While speaking to the media at the end of Day 3, Ashwin was asked why he stopped watching cricket when he was not selected in the Indian team. To this, the off-spinner gave a witty response by saying that he has two kids at home who could not sleep well at night.
"For starters, I have two kids who don't sleep that well at nights. Jokes apart, I felt like every time I watch the game on TV, I felt like I wanted to play the game and I was missing out. It is very natural, everybody goes through it," Ashwin told to the reporters.
The 65-Test veteran also added "I generally tried to do a few other things in my life as well. Books and a bit of archaeology stuff, I enjoyed".
The 2011 World Cup winner revealed that it was tough for him while he stayed away from the game. In order to stay in action, he made full use of this opportunity by playing county cricket for Nottinghamshire and league cricket for his state team.
After a strong opening spell in Vishakhapatnam, Ashwin will be hoping to maintain the same rhythm for the remainder of the series. For India to take a 1-0 lead in the series, the off-spinner will play a crucial role with the ball in South Africa’s second innings as well.