‘Icon of Chennai’, Ashwin, felicitated

During the felicitation, Syed Kirmani, a member of India’s World Cup-winning team of 1983, referred to Ashwin as a legend in the making.

India cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin (left) receives the 'Icon of Chennai' award from former India stumper Syed Kirmani; R. Srinivasan, District Governor Rotary District, looks on.   -  M. VEDHAN

As Ravichandran Ashwin walked into the Chennai Trade Centre auditorium on Sunday afternoon along with his wife Prithi and children, a large crowd gathered around the India off-spinner for selfies and autographs.

Obliging the requests, Ashwin quickly took the stage, where he was felicitated with the ‘Icon of Chennai’ award by Rotary District 3232 at the Rotary International District Conference. There was a huge cheer as former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani gave away the award to Ashwin.

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The member of India’s World Cup-winning team of 1983, Kirmani, even referred to Ashwin as a legend in the making. “I have no words to express the achievements which Ravichandran Ashwin has made. My heartiest congratulations to the ‘would be legend’. He is a great role model for the youngsters today,” Kirmani, who was also a former national chief selector, said.

As Ashwin listened to the praises with a smile on his face, Kirmani also made it clear that the Chennai-based spinner has excelled as one of the ‘gentlemen cricketers’. “He is such a gentleman cricketer. He excels among all the other gentlemen cricketers,” Kirmani said.

Ashwin, who is also involved in social activities, indicated that someday he would like to join hands with the Rotary. “The work Rotary does have always ticked the right boxes for me, and one day I hope to join hands with the Rotary and work together,” the spin ace said.