Chennai: Ace Indian off-spinner R Ashwin came under fire from sports fans after he compared Chennai Super Kings’ comeback to the Indian Premier League after 2-year hiatus with Manchester United’s resurgence post the 1958 Munich crash.
In what termed as one of the saddest incidents in the history of sports, a plane carrying Manchester United players, support staff, journalist and fans, crashed at the Munich airport during the third attempt to take off and 23 out of 44 people died.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer, who was an integral part of the Chennai-based IPL side, said, “I think the two years of hiatus increases its value, like it did for Manchester, when the air crash happened. I don’t know if it’s in the same league, but people in Chennai are looking forward to it (return of CSK) and fans across the country are also looking forward to it.”
BCCI, on last Friday, welcomed back CSK and Rajasthan Royals to IPL after the two teams completed the two-year suspension following the spot-fixing scandal.
Ashwin, who left for Sri Lanka for the three-match Test, took to Twitter to clarify his stand.
Guys please take the reporting with a pinch of salt with respect to the Munich tragedy and CSK. All I said was the break will make the ..— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 19, 2017
Fans turn up in numbers when the come back happens. Not required to blow it out of context.— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 19, 2017
Now all those who hate me, please get off my mentions, we will catch-up sometime later when I get misquoted again. Thanks🙏— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 19, 2017
However, the sports lovers minced no words as they slammed the Indian tweaker.
How did you seriously manage to compare the death of a world class team to a team kicked out for betting scandals and match fixing?— Karan (@IntrepidIndian) July 19, 2017
Munich Tragedy was a break ? Are you serious ?— Supreeth Mohan (@supreeth28) July 19, 2017
People lost lives in the Munich air disaster-a tragedy. CSK were a bunch of frauds who were punished for their misadventures, deservedly.— Hemasagar (@hemasagar_babu) July 19, 2017
Munich was a tragedy— Manu (@TotoMartial09) July 19, 2017
It wasnt a break
Manchester united still played the European SF after tat
Check your facts b4 making absurd statement
There was no respect in that statement to the victims of Munich disaster. You just can't compare the frauds of CSK with them.— Vaseem Khan (@iamvaseem) July 19, 2017
I have seen u as an inspiration. Totally disappointed at this statement of yours.— Anirban Dhar (@Anirban_Dhar10) July 19, 2017
How on earth you compare CSK fraud to Munich disaster
People look at you as inspiration, Dispointed Ashwin 😠— Sachin Suryavanshi (@imsuryavanshi3) July 19, 2017
How can Ravi Ashwin even think of equating Munich tragedy to getting kicked out of IPL due to betting and fixing 😐— Sadhu Maharaj (@SadhuMaharaj16) July 19, 2017