Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin emotionally recalled about his mother’s words from hospital bed before his 100th Test. The fifth and the final Test against England is currently being played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala starting from Thursday.

Lying in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Chennai hospital, Chitra Ravichandran was slipping in and out of consciousness but she had just one query for her son Ravichandran Ashwin when she saw him by her bedside – “Why did you come?”

Hours after becoming only the second Indian bowler after Anil Kumble to take 500 Test wickets, Ashwin rushed back to his home in Chennai during the third game against England in Rajkot after coming to know that his mother had been hospitalised following a blackout.

“When I landed and got to the hospital, my mom was slipping in and out of consciousness, and the first thing she asked me was, ‘Why did you come?’ The next time she was conscious, she said, “I think you should go back because the Test match is happening,” said Ashwin during a recent interview on the eve of his 100th Test.

Ashwin also revealed how his parents Ravichandran and Chitra worked their ‘backsides off’ to help him realise their collective cricketing dream.

“The entire family is built on cricket and to facilitate my career. It hasn’t been easy. It has been very hard on them. It’s been a big roller-coaster for them - going through the emotions and ups and downs that I myself do,” the 37-year-old said.