After the Delhi Capitals’ Super Over victory over SunRisers Hyderabad, Ravichandran Ashwin announced that he is “taking a break” from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Early on Monday, Ashwin took to Twitter to say that his relatives and extended family are fighting COVID-19. “From tomorrow, I will be taking a break from this year’s IPL. My family and extended family are fighting #COVID19, and I want to stand by them through this difficult period “In his tweet, he wrote: Before thanking the franchise, he said, “I intend to return to play if things go in the right direction.”
In response to Ashwin’s tweet, the Delhi Capitals wrote, “Extending our full support to you in these tough times.”
“All of us at Delhi Capitals are sending you and your family all of our strength and prayers,” they said.
On Sunday, Ashwin took part in DC’s match against SRH.
I would be taking a break from this years IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals 🙏🙏— Stay home stay safe! Take your vaccine🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 25, 2021
DC scored 159/4 thanks to Prithvi Shaw’s half-century and useful knocks from Rishabh Pant and Steve Smith.
Despite a strong start from Jonny Bairstow and a half-century from Kane Williamson, DC appeared to have sealed the victory when Axar Patel struck twice in an over, leaving SRH needing 28 runs off the final two overs. However, debutant J Suchith, who batted at No. 9, hit two boundaries and a six as he and Williamson tied the game and forced a Super Over.
In his four overs, Ashwin gave up 27 runs with no wickets.
Williamson and Warner scored only seven runs in the Super Over, which was bowled by Axar. They were supposed to have eight, but Warner was found to be one short.
The Capitals pulled off the chase off the final delivery with Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant sent in to face Rashid Khan, securing their fourth victory of the season.