Story of Ravichandran Ashwin's kidnaping, threat of getting fingers chopped
New Delhi : R Ashwin is a kind of player who is the target of every opposition team but there is a team who once kidnapped him to ensure he does not play the game and even threatened him off chopping his fingers down.
It is from the time of tennis ball days of R Ashwin when an opposition team was so worried of him playing against them that they simply kidnapped him.
In an interview with Cricbuzz, Ashwin detailed the whole incident on how he was threatened to miss the game.
"My friend had the habit of getting me playing tennis-ball tournaments, My dad clearly didn't like it. He doesn't appreciate me playing on the roads as well," Ashwin began.
"So, one of those days we were supposed to play this final and we have this culture of people priding themselves on winning a competition like that," he said.
"When I was about to leave, there were like 4-5 guys who came on a Royal Enfield. They were muscular and big and stuff like that," he said.
"They just picked me up and said 'we gotta go'," the spinner said.
"I asked 'who?' and they said 'No, you're playing the match here, right? We have come to pick you up,'" Ashwin continued.
"So, I said wow, they have arranged for a pickup. And it feels great," he said with a grin.
"And what happened is I sat behind one person and the other person sat right behind me as if I was going to get up and go and I was properly sandwiched between them," Ashwin said.
"I must have been about 14-15. They took me to a nice, posh tea shop. A tea shop is a big culture thing in Chennai. Next to all grounds there is a tea shop, with benches and all that," he said.
"They ordered the bhajjis and vadas and all that. They said 'Have, have. Don't be afraid, we are here to help you'.
"At around 3:30-4 o clock, I said match is going to start, let's go," Ashwin said.
"They said 'No, we are actually from the opposition. We wanted to stop you from playing. If you go and play, we'll make sure your fingers are not there'," he said.
"I just kept staring at them and was like 'Okay, yeah'."
However, he later revealed that the kidnappers actually treated him with snacks and drinks during the kidnapping time.
"So, we had a gala time for the next hour and a half then I said look, my father will be back from office. I got to go home. I'll not play the match. I promise you. Then they said okay. They picked me up and dropped me home," he said.