‘I was just stunned’: Ravichandran Ashwin on Rohit Sharma’s gesture during his mother’s illness

"I was just stunned": Ravichandran Ashwin on Rohit Sharma's gesture during his mother's illness

Rohit Sharma (left) and Ravichandran Ashwin©AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin had to leave the Indian cricket team’s squad midway through the third Test match in Rajkot after his mother collapsed due to a headache and was hospitalized in Chennai. The incident happened just after Ashwin became the second Indian bowler to take 500 wickets in Test cricket after Anil Kumble. In the latest video on his Youtube channelAshwin revealed what followed after receiving the news of the hospitalization and how the skipper Rohit SharmaThe gesture left him “stunned”. He even called Rohit an “outstanding leader” for the way he handled the situation.

“I asked how she was and if she was conscious. The doctor apparently told me she wasn’t fit to be seen. I started to cry. I was looking for a flight but couldn’t find one. Rajkot airport closes at 6 am as there are no flights after 6 am. I did not know what to do. Rohit (Sharma) and Rahul (Dravid) Bhai came to my room and Rohit literally asked me to stop thinking and leave to be there with my family. And he was trying to arrange a charter flight for me,” Ashwin said.

“Kamlesh, the team physiotherapist, is a very good friend of mine. Rohit told him to fly with me to Chennai and be with me but I convinced him to stay back. When I came down, security and Kamlesh were already there waiting. Kamlesh received a call from Rohit on our way to the airport, checking on me and literally asking him to be with me during this difficult time. It was 9:30 in the evening. I was just stunned. I can’t even think about it. The two people there were the only ones I could talk to. What if there was no one there? I just thought that even if I was captain, I would tell my players to go home. No hesitation about it. But will I call people to check on him? I don’t know. Amazing. I saw an exceptional leader in Rohit Sharma that day,” added the veteran spinner.

Ashwin added that it is his “good heart” and empathy that makes Rohit a successful captain and even a name-dropper. MS Dhoni in his praise for the captain of the Indian cricket team.

“I have played under several captains and leaders, but it was his (Rohit’s) good heart that made him what he is today – someone with five IPL titles tied with Dhoni . God doesn’t make things easy. He should get something greater than all this, which God will give him. In such a selfish society, a man who thinks about the well-being of others is rare. My respect for him grew immensely after that. I already respected him as a leader, he supports a player without asking questions until the last moment. It’s not an easy thing. Even Dhoni does this. But he takes 10 more steps,” concluded Ashwin.

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