Ravichandran Ashwin Weighs In On Timed-Out Dismissal, Says Both Shakib and Mathews Were Right
By CricShots - Nov 10, 2023 5:51 pm
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Ravichandran Ashwin has shared his thoughts on the recent timed-out controversy that occurred in Sri Lanka’s World Cup game against Bangladesh. In a video on his YouTube channel, Ashwin said that both Angelo Mathews and Shakib Al Hasan were right in their own terms.

Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews was timed out against Bangladesh

“One side is talking about the rules and another side is once again bringing the spirit of cricket,” Ravichandran Ashwin said.

While Ashwin felt that Shakib was within the rules to ask for the appeal, he also felt that a player wouldn’t like to be dismissed in that fashion.

“There has been information that Mathews was already warned about the timed-out dismissal. But Mathews was really upset once he got out, rightly so. No one should get out like that, right? Everyone will feel bad when that happens,” Ravichandran Ashwin added.

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Ashwin then spoke about his own experience with timed-out dismissals. He recalled a Test match against Australia in Nagpur where he deliberately tried to walk in slowly one time. He did so during the final session of the Test match, to pass the day. In that game, Ashwin was also warned by the umpires that he could be timed out if the Australians appealed.

R Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin

“It’s a very tricky situation,” Ravichandran Ashwin said. “On the one hand, you have the rules of the game. On the other hand, you have the spirit of the game. It’s up to the players and the umpires to decide what they think is right in each situation.”

Ashwin’s comments come at a time when there is a lot of debate about the timed-out dismissal. Some people believe that it is a necessary rule to prevent players from wasting time. Others believe that it is an unfair way to dismiss a player, especially if the player is not deliberately trying to waste time.

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Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to appeal for a timed-out dismissal is up to the captain of the fielding team. However, it is important for captains to be mindful of the spirit of the game when making this decision.