‘If you go and play in this match, we will cut your finger’
Terrorists threatened to kidnap Indian star cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin and his finger would be amputated when playing matches. This happened when Ashwin was 14 or 15 years old, about one and a half decade ago.
“We were supposed to play in a tournament final,” Ashwin said in an interview recently to cricket website Cricbuzz. “When I left for that match, four or five muscular boys picked me up.
“They put me into the car and said I had to go. I asked where? They said you were playing matches today, right? I thought, great thing! They may have come to pick me up to the field. But they surrounded me in the car as if I were a full sandwich between them.”
Ashwin, who played 111 ODIs for India, said again, “They took me to a tea shop. They were sitting on a bench, holding a regular chat. I had to order and eat something, including bajjis and vadas. And they said, ‘Don’t be afraid, we have come to help you.’
“At 3:30-4:00 PM, I said that it was time to start the game. They then said that we were actually the opposition team. we wanted to stop you from playing. If you go and play in this match, we will cut your finger.”