The veteran Indian spinner, R Ashwin came to a defense of Adam Zampa in the latest video on his Youtube channel and questioned David Hussey for his controversial remark on Zampa’s filed attempt of running out the non-striker during Melbourne Stars’ match against cross-town rivals Renegades in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
In the match, Stars’ skipper Adam Zampa made an unsuccessful attempt to run out the non-striker, Tom Rogers, who was well ahead of his crease. However, the decision was not given in Zampa’s favor as his arm had gone past the ‘vertical’ – the point where the ball is deemed to be bowled.
Now, after the entire saga, Stars’ coach David Hussey expressed they would’ve withdrawn the appeal had the batter been given out. Hearing this, R Ashwin was furious and stated that it is very insulting to the bowler as he has done nothing wrong.
Explaining the same, R Ashwin said, “I don’t believe what he said. Because if you wanted to withdraw the appeal, you need not have taken that to the third umpire itself. You could have easily withdrawn that appeal even before it had gone to the third umpire. First of all, why should you withdraw the appeal? A bowler is running the non-striker out. The captain will say that the bowler is wrong or what? What a big insult that is to the bowler if the captain is withdrawing the appeal.”
He further added, “If I am standing there as a bowler and appealing for this dismissal, and if the captain or coach says that they are withdrawing the appeal, it is very insulting. Because once you do that, as a bowler, you will feel that what is the point in bowling when your team is not backing you? My team captain and coach themselves are not backing me. Why should I bowl and win you the game then?”
In the past couple of years, R Ashwin has repeatedly mentioned and talked about the rights of the bowlers. However, in his latest video, the spinner mentioned that he is tired of talking about this topic and mentioned that there are certain preachers of the game, who always pop in whenever something like this happens.
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R Ashwin concluded by saying, “I am tired of talking or writing about this topic. Every time this incident happens, there are preachers who hop in and start preaching. But the best thing I loved from this whole incident is the stare given by Adam Zampa after running out the non-striker. It was similar to The Undertaker’s stare in World Wrestling Federation. He didn’t even say a word to the batsman. The batsman also stood in silence without knowing whether it was out or not out.”