Champion Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin rubbished all the talks around former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh’s tweet that came up after the home side completed a ten-wicket win over England in just over five sessions during which the Tamil Nadu spinner had become the 2nd fastest bowler in history to cross the 400-wicket landmark.
Yuvraj had tweeted that if Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble had bowled on the kind of tracks that have been dished out in the last two Tests against England then they would have taken 800 and 1000 Test wickets respectively.
Many cricket fans on social media perceived the tweet as an indirect jibe towards Ravichandran Ashwin and had lambasted Yuvraj Singh for the same.
”Finished in 2 days Not sure if that’s good for test cricket!If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800 ? However congratulations to @akshar2026 what a spell! congratulations @ashwinravi99 @ImIshant” Yuvraj had tweeted.
Then a day later, Ashwin had posted a string of tweets where he had written about how people who try to sell things to others pose a condition that the customer is not allowed to question their product while giving an example of a marketing agency.
Products are sold using various marketing strategies and that’s an accepted practice! We now live in an era where ideas are also being sold to us and it’s a classic example of “outbound marketing”, however I would like to add that buying ideas being sold to us is like telling us
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) February 26, 2021
Again, a section of social media users concluded that Ravichandran Ashwin’s tweet was a response to Yuvraj’s ‘jibe’. However, the off-spinner shrugged off all the speculations, stating that he has known Yuvraj Singh for a long period of time and that he did not find any hidden agenda in the all-rounder’s tweet, and as he pointed in his tweet, people try to sell certain things to further their narrative.
”The reason behind my tweets was not regarding anyone in particular. When I read Yuvi paa’s tweet, I did not get affected, I did not find that tweet trying to tell us something. It just felt like a plain tweet. For me, the state of mind I am in right now, I did not find it wrong,” said Ravichandran Ashwin in the virtual press-conference.
“I know Yuvi paa for a long time, I have the utmost respect for him. Some people amongst us tend to buy what people sell, I do not know the reason why certain people try to sell certain things, but it is clear it’s just a perception of what happens.” he added.