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R Ashwin Stands by Mukund, Wants People to Stop Being Racist

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 10, 2017, 8:53 PM IST
R Ashwin Stands by Mukund, Wants People to Stop Being Racist

R Ashwin and Abhinav Mukund (R Ashwin/Twitter)

New Delhi: India’s spin spearhead R Ashwin has come out and supported teammate Abhinav Mukund and asked people not to make a headline out of the opener’s message that fair isn’t the only handsome and that abusing people on the basis of their skin tone is sad.

Taking to Twitter, Ashwin reposted Mukund’s tweet with a message which read: “Read and learn, don't make it a headline cos its someone's emotion.”

Mukund had reached out to people through social media, asking them to not hurl abuses at people on the basis of their skin tone. In fact, in a series of tweets, he also went on to add that while he has no intention to make it a political issue, he was only sharing a situation he had faced himself.

His post on Twitter read: “This is an issue I have wanted to address for a while now. Finally got the chance to put it down. I hope this can result in a change in our mindsets ! #Fairisnttheonlyhandsome.”

He went on to add: “Guys please don't turn this into something else,it has absolutely no connection to anyone in the team. It is mainly targeted at people who have been posting abuses about colour and saying absolutely derogatory things about the tone of my skin. That s all ! Please don't turn this into something political,I just wanted to make a positive statement hoping to make a change. That s all.”

Meanwhile, having enjoyed a couple of days off the field after winning the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo and taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with it, Virat Kohli and his boys are back on the field sweating it out as the boys prepare for the third Test of the three-match series, starting in Pallekele on August 12.

Having thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test in Colombo on Sunday, Virat Kohli and his boys enjoyed Monday morning by bonding in the pool. The Test was supposed to finish on Monday, but the Indians wrapped it up on Sunday itself with a day to spare.

The writing was always on the wall coming into the fourth day of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka on a Sinhalese Sports Club wicket which was expected to play unpredictably. And it took Virat Kohli and his boys four hours and 35 minutes to wrap up the Lankan innings on the penultimate day to win the match by an innings and 53 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. As expected, it was once again Ravindra Jadeja who wreaked havoc on the fourth afternoon.

Not only did Jadeja finish with his ninth five-wicket haul in an innings, but it was also his second five-for outside India. It was only poetic justice that he was handed the Man of the Match award for finishing with 7 wickets in the game and 70 crucial runs in India’s only innings in the second Test.

Kohli said that the boys have developed a habit of winning, irrespective of geographical boundaries, and it is hungry to extend the consistent run. India on Sunday defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. It means India have already retained the series that they won here 2-1 in 2015, and now have a chance to complete an overseas whitewash.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been named as replacement for Jadeja after the all-rounder was suspended from the third Test against Sri Lanka. While Kuldeep Yadav is a certainty in the playing XI for the final Test match, the team management wanted to keep a cover for the young bowler.
First Published: August 10, 2017, 8:45 PM IST

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