Ashwin's father delighted to watch son play at MCG

Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s father said he rarely attends matches to watch his son play but was happy to watch his son compete at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 29, 2011

India s first Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) saw some of the family members and friends of Indian cricketers attend the match at the historic venue.

Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin s father was ecstatic to watch his son perform against Australia at the MCG on Wednesday.

Ravichandran, who rarely pays a visit to watch India s new spin sensation bowl found it hard it to believe he was at one of the most iconic cricket grounds in the world. He was quoted in MiD DAY as saying, “I still cannot believe this is happening. As somebody who grew up listening to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) commentary, following India’s cricket here in Australia, it was always my dream to visit MCG one day.

“Here I am. But the greater thing is that I am watching Ashwin play at MCG. That is something which is still a little difficult to believe. I did not even in my wildest dreams think that something like this would happen.”

The proud father met Ashwin at the close of day one but did not enquire about the status of the Boxing Day Test but had a general chat.

He said, “I went to his hotel room and talked to him a little, not so much about his cricket or the state of the Test match, but just generally.

“I rarely talk to him about his cricket. As you know, I don’t even visit the venues to watch him play. I was forced to come here by my friend R Ramnath, who said that we must at least be here for the Boxing Day Test.”

“I am proud of the way he performed against West Indies (22 wickets) and now he’s showing lot of character for a guy on his first tour to Australia. I heard that Bill Lawry was impressed with the fact that Ashwin bowls with close to 36 revolutions. It’s good to know that Aussie players and writers are impressed with him.”

Also present at the historic venue was India s new pace sensation Umesh Yadav s mentor Subroto Banerjee.

Banerjee who had played club cricket in Australia feels Umesh s splendid performance in the first Test wasn t a surprise for him. He said, “I am so proud of him. I always knew he would do well here. It hasn’t come as a surprise to me. This is just the beginning. I am expecting many more good things.

“It’s good to be back here. I am a local here, just love this country.”

India s chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth wasn t present to watch India s first Test due to his son s wedding in Chennai next week but his nephew Abhishek Bharathkumar was present to watch the MCG Test.

Vastly experienced Indian cartoonist Al Rose, who once drew ire of the former Pakistan captain Imran Khan by drawing a caricature of his but displaying with a lion’s head, was also present at the venue to watch the match, and of course draw few interesting cartoons of some of the Indian cricketers.

But his impression of a little man in the shadow of the stumps had impressed Pakistan s batsman Javed Miandad.

Rose was extremely fascinated by fast bowler Ishant Sharma s personality and immediately decided o try his caricature.

He said, “I just saw his nose, hair and built, and was fascinated. He’s got the type of persona that an artist looks for.

“Caricatures are all about having fun. Some people take offence when they see a long nose or unusually big ears. But that’s where the fun lies. I have rarely found a cricketer that fascinated me. In 2007, I drew Tendulkar, Kumble and Dravid. But I never wanted to put them on exhibition or for sale. These are just for my own pleasure. I also liked am Gambhir’s face a lot. It’s got something different.”