Which star Indian Player said that ‘CSK is a franchise close to my heart’?

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Veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is very close to his heart and he would love to be a part of the franchise once again.

Spinner Ashwin was roped in by CSK for the inaugural edition of IPL and he played 94 innings for the MS Dhoni-led franchise and was able to bag 90 wickets. After CSK’s suspension from the IPL, Ashwin was part of Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017. Meanwhile, when the ban was lifted and CSK made a comeback they were unable to bring Ashwin back from the auction and he was roped in by KXIP (now PBKS).

Ashwin was part of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 and he was released from the team despite his continuous good performance and he will be available in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Meanwhile, Ashwin on his YouTube channel was asked about his possible return to CSK, to which Ashwin replied by saying that he would love to play for the franchise once again but it all depends on the dynamics of the auction. He said:
“CSK is a franchise close to my heart, for me, CSK is like a school. That is where I joined Pre KG, LKG, UKG, primary school, then I did my middle school, and then starting high school and completing 10th standard board exams, I moved to a different school. I did my 11th and 12th a couple of, a couple of years, outside. Then I did a couple of years of Junior College. But after completing everything, obviously one has to come home right? So even I would love to come back home, but it all depends on the auction dynamics.”

Also, Ashwin in an interview by Shreyas Iyer for the BCCI website said, “To be very modest about what is happening in my life and my career over the last couple of years, I did not know if I would go on to play Test cricket when we were in the pandemic, in the lockdown.”

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