R Ashwin has had a tremendous season, picking up 72 wickets from 12 Tests in 2016.
Mumbai: India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin come in for some criticism after he did not thank MS Dhoni in a tweet after winning the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year Award.
Not all the limelight on Ashwin this festive season has been positive, though. After winning the award, the 30-year-old had thanked a number of people for his achievement, in a tweet.
However, some of the Indian cricket fans were not happy with the fact that he had failed to thank India’s limited overs skipper MS Dhoni in his tweet.
He also did not thank Dhoni in a statement he made after winning the ICC Test Cricketer Award.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be awarded with this great honour. It feels great to follow the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year. To also win the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year makes it even better,” said Ashwin.
“There are a lot of people to thank for this wonderful achievement I have made. It has been a great couple of years but this year has been even more special. What is very noticeable is the way I have bowled and batted and the way I have gone about doing my business,” he said. “What is more important, as far as I am concerned, is the number of people who have gone behind my success.
“I’d like to dedicate this award to my family. I’d like to thank ICC and most importantly my team-mates. I’d also like to thank the support staff for our success. We’ve had a great transition ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni hung up his boots. A young captain has taken over, we fell on the right track, and we now have a new bunch of boys,” he further said.
Ashwin has played with Dhoni for both India and the now defunct Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings.
Ashwin however, did not seem too bothered by all the criticism he received on social media, and went on to request his fans not to tag his wife Prithi in tweets that concerned him.
However, Ashwin silenced his fans in his own way. He simply retweeted a fan, who believes that all these allegations are only aimed at creating a grudge between 'two brothers'.