India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recalled a bizarre incident from his tennis-ball cricket days when he was once abducted by the opposition and was threatened his fingers will be cut.Also Read - Co-owner Questions Delhi Capitals Players Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin's Exclusion From India's ODI, T20I Teams

Ashwin was 14 when this happened, ahead of final of a local tournament in Chennai. Also Read - Everyone Gives You An Antisocial Look When You Sneeze or Cough: Ravichandran Ashwin Mulls Outbreak of Coronavirus

“We were supposed to play a final… As I was about to leave, there were four or five guys who came in Royal Enfields – properly muscular and big,” Ashwin told cricbuzz. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Slams Trolls After He Voices Concern Over Smog in Chennai Due to Bhogi Celebrations

The 33-year-old, a Test regular, revealed that initially he was thrilled at the prospect of being taken to the ground on a Royal Enfield but soon realised he was in trouble.

“They picked me up and said come we’ve got to go. I asked ‘who?’ and they said ‘you’re playing the match here, right? We’ve come to pick you up. I was like wow they’ve arranged for a pick-up, and it feels great. I mean Royal Enfield… what happened is I sat behind one person and another person sat right behind me as if I was going to get off and go. I was properly sandwiched between both of them,” he said.

The World Cup winner also revealed that the abductors gave him bhajjis and vadas to eat. “I must’ve been about 14 or 15. They took me to a posh tea stall. A tea shop is a big culture thing in Chennai. Next to all the grounds, there is a tea shop which has got those benches and all that.

They made me sit there, ordered bajjis and vadas and all that, and said ‘have, have, don’t be afraid, we’re here to help you out’. It was around 3:30-4:00 PM and I said the match is going to start, let’s go. So they said, ‘no, no, we’re actually from the opposition, we wanted to stop you from playing. If you go and play we’ll make sure your fingers are not there,” Ashwin recalled.

Finally, Ashwin stayed with the abductors for another hour before asking them to drop him at his home as his father would return from work.