The Indian National Cricket team spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has shown interest to appear on the controversial chat show Koffee With Karan, hosted by Bollywood director Karan Johar. Meanwhile, the show grabbed headlines for an episode with Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. The makers had to pull down the episode from the internet after it triggered a countrywide controversy.
Pandya and Rahul, who went to the show earlier this year made misogynistic comments which didn’t go well with the general public. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to suspend the cricketers immediately after the episode went air. Moreover, both Rahul and Pandya had to return to the country prior to the ODI series against Australia. After nearly a month, the apex body decided to lift their ban, and while Hardik Pandya joined the Indian squad in New Zealand, KL Rahul went to play for India A against England Lions. Both of them will now have to wait for the Ombudsman’s final decision on the controversy.
While many of the cricketers have been sceptical about appearing on the show since then, Ravichandran Ashwin in a recent question-answer session has admitted that he would like to go and have a chat with host Karan Johar. On Friday, Ashwin did a #AskAsh session on Instagram where he replied to questions from his fans.
Here is the post:
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin has been out of action since the first Test against Australia at Adelaide. He suffered a finger injury which kept him out of the game for the last three Test. Moreover, he is currently out of the ODI side after the young spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal taking over the reign.
While many former cricketers backed Ashwin to be in the World Cup squad but it is unlikely to happen. The veteran off-spinner last played an ODI in 2017 against Windies at North Sound. He will again be in action in the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting from March 23 for the Kings XI Punjab. He will lead the side and will be keen to lift their maiden title in the 12th edition of the cash-rich league.