Ashwin pulls out of IPL 2021
Ashwin pulls out of IPL 2021

R Ashwin on Thursday said he had to leave the IPL 2021 midway as almost everyone in his family got infected with COVID-19 and he had sleepless nights worrying about their safety while he was playing in the T20 competition.

Why Ashwin Left IPL 2021 in mid?

“Almost everyone from my place had got affected due to Covid. In fact, few of my cousins also got admitted and were serious and they somehow recovered,” said Ashwin on his Youtube channel.

“I couldn’t sleep for almost 8-9 days. Since I couldn’t sleep, it was really stressful for me. I was playing matches without getting any sleep.  And since I found it really taxing, I had to quit IPL and go home midway.”

“In fact, when I left, around that time, I had thoughts on whether I will be able to play cricket thereafter. But still, I did what was required at that point of time.”

The premier India spinner said he was considering returning to the IPL as his family members started getting better but the tournament was eventually suspended.

“I thought there won’t be any cricket for some time. Even IPL got postponed. In between, when people in my house started recovering, I thought of coming back into the IPL and that’s when IPL was called off,” he added.

Watch Ashwin’s Quarantine diaries

Ashwin is currently serving his 14-day quarantine with the Indian team ahead of the UK tour comprising the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and five Tests against England.

India’s squad for England Tour

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav,

Subject to fitness clearance

KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper)

Standby players

Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla

India’s tour of England – 2021-22

S. NoDateMatchVenue
A18th – 22nd JuneWTC Final vs NZSouthampton
14th – 8th August1st Test vs EnglandNottingham
212th – 16th August2nd Test vs EnglandLondon (Lord’s)
325th – 29th August3rd Test vs EnglandLeeds
42nd – 6th September4th Test vs EnglandLondon (Oval)
510th – 14th September5th Test vs EnglandManchester