It has been over two years since the then Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin dismissed Jos Buttler in a controversial fashion during an Indian Premier League match, but the debate surrounding the ‘spirit of cricket’ associated with the mode of dismissal refuses to die down. The latest murmurings surrounding the debate have been to come up with a rule that stops batsmen from stepping out of the crease before a ball is bowled.
This was precisely what R Ashwin was debating over in his latest series of tweets. Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar shared his column on Twitter published earlier this week on Hindustan Times regarding how some of the rules like ‘Free Hit’ are in favour of batsmen.
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Ashwin, in response to Manjrekar’s tweet, wrote: “Come on @sanjaymanjrekar, free hit is a great marketing tool and has captured the imagination of all the fans. Let’s add a free ball for the bowlers every time a batter leaves the non strikers end early, a wicket of that ball will reduce 10 runs of the bowlers analysis and total.”
A fan engaged with Ashwin over the rules suggested by him and said that the idea to reduce the runs would make things complicated, but he is okay with the bowlers’ running out batsmen if they step out of the crease.
To which, Ashwin replied: “The mental trauma that the bowlers may go through stops them from doing it.”
Now, South Africa cricketer Tabraiz Shamsi has backed Ashwin over his tweet and said that bowlers should be clip off the bails if the batsmen has stepped outside the crease without any fear.
“I think all bowlers should do it without any fear.. its within the rules of the game,” Shamsi wrote.
“Why must the bowlers get abused about “spirit of cricket” when it’s actually the batsmen that are stealing yards and THAT is against the spirit of cricket. That’s the real truth,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Ashwin is expected to be a part of the Virat Kohli-led Indian team that will face off against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final next month.