Ashwin, Rahane dedicate awards to Chennai residents

Ravichandran Ashwin, on his Twitter handle, announced he would dedicate the Man of the Series award to the people of Chennai suffering from the urban flooding, and that he wanted to help out independently.

'I am not going to do anything joining hands with anyone, I would go down personally and do what I like': Ravichandran Ashwin   -  PTI

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who finished with 31 wickets in seven innings in the Test series against South Africa, has dedicated his Man of the Series award to the people of Chennai who struggle to recover from urban flooding that has crippled the city. After patiently wading through a blocking marathon from the South African middle order, led by Hashim Amla’s 244-ball 25, and B de Villiers’ 297-ball 43, Ashwin and Umesh Yadav swept through the lower half of the order in the final session of the Delhi Test and clinched the win.

Ajinkya Rahane, the Man of the Match for his centuries in two innings, also dedicated his award to Chennai residents. Rains lashed Chennai incessantly for two days, and intermittently since, to have residents homeless and infrastructure collapsing, as water invaded pathways and buildings. “I would like to dedicate this to the people in Chennai who are suffering from the floods and the Indian army who [are] helping out, this one is for them,” he told Sanjay Manjrekar in the post-match presentation.









Ashwin, on Twitter, wrote he intended to indulge in helping efforts independently. “I would also like to add that I am not going to do anything joining hands with anyone, I would go down personally and do what I like.”

This was after his declaration that, “Happiness got the better of me, I would like to dedicate my man of the series to the ppl (sic) suffering from the Chennai floods.” Ashwin, a Chennai resident himself, has highlighted the plight of the city in these testing times in a series of tweets and re-tweets on his official Twitter handle.