Indian team’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took to social media to make hilarious comments about the media reports that are doing the rounds of late. He specifically called out the news agency, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) for spreading false rumours.
Recently, media reports claiming that Ashwin had contacted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to complain about Virat Kohli started going around. The news spread like wildfire and Ashwin decided to bring the issue up to mock the sources.
“I am searching for the handle called “Fake News”, it used to be super fun for Gossip,” Ashwin wrote. His followers revealed the origin of the news reports and Ashwin continued his trolling.
“Oh yaaa!! Thank you guys. Found Them: I just heard they have renamed themselves and are now called IANS and some others take quotes from them too. Super fun,” he added.
The IANS report that made Ravichandran Ashwin respond with the mockery
The news agency IANS reported that a senior player complained to the BCCI secretary Jay Shah about Virat Kohli’s captaincy. It stated that the cricketer was feeling ‘insecure’ about his place in the team.
Lack of intent has been one of Kohli’s biggest reasons to drop a player and the report stated that Ashwin was the one being aimed at. However, the 34-year-old off-spinner was India’s best bowler in the second innings of the World Test Championship (WTC) final and looked like the only one who was capable of picking up wickets.
There have been a lot of such rumours flying about, including one that stated Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also spoke to the BCCI about the same issue despite Kohli being the one who backed them throughout the recent England tour.
The rumours have continued to pile up ever since the 32-year-old Kohli announced that he will step down from T20I captaincy after the upcoming T20 World Cup. How many of them turn out to be true is yet to be seen.