Star Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, known for his support for various Indian sports, attended the Asian Champions Trophy hockey match between India and Pakistan on August 9 as a chief guest. The match, held at Chennai’s Mayor Radhakrishnan stadium, saw the Indian hockey team triumph over Pakistan with a commanding 4-0 victory.
Alongside the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, and his son Udhayanidhi Stalin, Ashwin graced the event, was felicitated by Stalin, and stood with the Indian players to sing the national anthem. He stayed throughout the match, passionately supporting the Indian team.
Sharing his experience on Instagram, Ashwin posted pictures from the event, expressing his joy and gratitude for the opportunity. He posed with the Tamil Nadu CM, holding a miniature of the tournament mascot, Bomman, resembling Lord Ganesha, and received a small hockey stick as a memento.
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The fans’ comments on Ashwin’s post highlighted the immense respect he holds in Tamil Nadu. Many expressed that he would make an excellent sports minister for the state in the future, and some even envisioned him as a cricket expert and commentator after retiring from the game.
On the field, India’s hockey team dominated the match, securing a convincing 4-0 win against Pakistan, resulting in Pakistan’s exit from the tournament. Harmanpreet Singh led the team’s victory with two goals, while Jugraj Singh and Akashdeep Singh contributed one each. India is now set to face Japan in the semi-finals of the Asian Champions Trophy on August 11.
In the cricketing realm, Ashwin’s most recent appearance for India was during a Test series in the West Indies. He displayed a stellar performance by taking 15 wickets, including a remarkable 7-wicket haul in the first match.