Ravichandran Ashwin expressed him “genuinely sorry” for England fast bowler Ollie Robinson, who has been suspended from all international cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following the resurfacing of racist and misogynistic tweets from his account in 2012 and 2013.
Robinson, who made his Test debut against New Zealand in the first Test, which ended on Sunday at Lord’s, will miss the next Test match at Edgbaston as a result of the suspension.
“I can understand the negative sentiments towards what Ollie Robinson did years ago, but I do feel genuinely sorry for him being suspended after an impressive start to his Test career,” Ashwin tweeted. “This suspension is a strong indication of what the future holds in this social media Gen,” Ashwin added.
Wasim Jaffer, a former India cricketer, offered a sarcastic response to Ashwin’s tweet by quote-tweeting, “I am just glad I found Twitter after I retired.”
Robinson had Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and another debutant Devon Conway, who made a double-hundred in the match. His performance was impressive and he took 4 for 75 and 3 for 26 in his first Test. Ollie Robinson has 286 first-class wickets at an average of 20.88 and 1709 first-class runs, including a century and seven half-centuries, from 64 first-class matches.