England all-rounder Ollie Robinson made a sensational start to his Test career against New Zealand back in June. But his joy was short-lived as his racist and sexist tweets reappeared on Twitter, which was close to a decade old. As a result, he was suspended for eight games.
However, he finished the given suspension and make a fine return against India and grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul during the Nottingham Test. He mentioned after his comeback that the thought of never getting another chance did cross his mind.
“There was a time when I was speaking with my lawyers and we were looking at the fact I could be banned for a couple of years and never play for England again,” Robinson said at the end of the day’s play.
“In a couple of years, I would have been 30 and someone else could have come in and taken my spot. So, there was definitely a time when I had doubts over my career, but luckily, it all came good today.”
The eight-match ban that he received got over before the India series and made a comeback in fine fashion. He was bowling some fine spells and, in the process, he bagged his maiden fifer.
“Probably the toughest few weeks I’ve had in cricket, to be honest, or in my life actually. It affected not only myself but my family too. I’ve learned a lot now and I’m looking to move forward,” he further added.
The all-rounder admitted that he was young and naïve when he wrote those things and now he is a different person altogether.
“I was a young 18-year-old naive guy and I made a lot of mistakes, not just those tweets. I have grown as a person a lot in that time. I have learned a lot and tried to develop myself as a person in the last 10 years,” he said.
“I am a father now as well and I have just tried to make myself the best person I can be and I hope people will be able to see that.”