India’s series versus Afghanistan ended on Wednesday in dramatic circumstances. The match saw two super-overs take place as India won the game. The result of the series was a 3-0 result in favour of India.
During the game, there was a moment when Indian skipper Rohit Sharma lost his cool. Mohammad Nabi decided to run despite the ball hitting his leg. This did not sit down well with Rohit Sharma who had a go at batter while not mincing his words.
Speaking about the incident veteran bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has made his views clear. The veteran bowler himself has been at the end of the many ‘Spirit of Cricket’ questions thrown at him.
Ravichandran Ashwin speaks on Mohammad Nabi controversy –
The entire cricket fraternity is discussing the Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Nabi issue. India’s spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin addressed the issue on his YouTube channel recently.
“There are two sides to this story. If we are the affected party on the field, we will get very irritated with whatever happens. We would say we might not have done this if we were on the field. That is our personal opinion and view,” Ashwin noted.
The 37-year-old also said “As an Indian cricket fan I can say this – tomorrow, if we are facing a Super Over in a World Cup knockout match, it is two runs to win off one ball and the wicketkeeper’s throw deflects off our glove, we will also run. How can a player not run?
Speaking about the Spirit of the game question Ashwin had a different take on this. “A simple explanation for this will suffice. A bowler is bowling just to pick your wicket. If you hit that ball then you can score a run. When the ball hits the pads, it’s a leg bye. When it doesn’t meet your body, and the keeper leaves it, it is a bye. When the ball goes wide off the crease, it is wide. When the bowler outstretches the leg, it is no-ball,” he said.
Finally, Ashwin ended the video by saying “All these happens when the bowler is trying to take someone’s wicket and the run comes off the delivery. In the same way, when a fielder throws, why do they do it? To get you run out I am running, that throw deflects off me, and I am within my right to run. Spirit of cricket? Yet again, I’m sorry,” he added.