Star India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said it’s surprising to see so many “taboos” regarding the run-out at the non-striker’s end and asked why bowlers are always subjected to different “treatments”.
Star India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said it’s surprising to see so many “taboos” regarding the run-out at the non-striker’s end and asked why bowlers are always subjected to different “treatments”. Veteran India pacer Mohammed Shami had tried to run out Dasun Shanaka at non-striker’s end when the batter left the crease while backing up during the opening ODI in Guwahati on January 10.
However, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma intervened and withdrew the appeal by Shami as Shanaka, then on 98, went on to complete his century. Ashwin, who is a vocal supporter of the form of dismissal, on Saturday backed Shami, saying it’s the umpire duty to declare the batter out.
“Of course, Shami’s run out... When Shanaka was on 98, Shami ran him out in the non-striker’s end, and he appealed too. Rohit withdrew that appeal. So many people tweeted about that immediately,”Ashwin said on his YouTube channel. “I am going to keep repeating only one thing, guys. The game situation is immaterial. That is a legitimate form of dismissal.” “If you ask for a LBW appeal or a caught-behind appeal, nobody will check with the captain on whether they are sure about the appeal,” Ashwin said.
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“They will give him out if the bowler appeals, and that is the end of it. See, even if one fielder appeals, it is the duty of the umpire to declare a player out if he is out. So, I find it very surprising to have so many taboos surrounding this mode of dismissal. But the entire dismissal is regarding what the bowler does, right? The right of making that dismissal or making that appeal or making that decision lies with the bowler, right,” he said. In October last year, the International Cricket Council amended its rule book declaring that the run outs at the bowler’s end were no longer considered ‘unfair play’.
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