Veteran India spinner R Ashwin called for international teams to be ready for non-striker run-outs in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 instead of taking a “moral high ground” as well. He made headlines in the normalization of the legal but controversial run-out and was replying to a post on X, formerly Twitter as well. The writer of the post gave a “conclusion” that the run-out is only celebrated by countries who haven’t faced it against them as well. He said the tables will turn if it happens at the mega event or to someone of Virat Kohli’s stature as well.
Ashwin called it a “fair assessment” and shared: “I am sure hell will break loose and there will be a character assassination campaign by some experts who still don’t agree with it and of course fans that are on the receiving end. There is only one solution, whoever be the batter and whatever be the magnitude of the situation, the batter needs to watch the bowler load the ball up and rotate his shoulder before taking off and if he doesn’t do that and gets out, we should applaud the bowler and tell the batsmen that he can do better.”
He again shared: “At the moment not all teams are doing it but come the World Cup, I really hope everyone is ready for it cos taking a moral high stand and saying we won’t do it, should open a strategic window for the other teams and genuinely teams should take every single advantage coming their way cos winning a World Cup is a lifetime achievement.”
However, the debate has stolen the limelight once again since Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi ran Pakistan’s Shadab Khan out at the non-striker’s end in a recent nail-biting ODI as well.
“He dint complete his action at all and he should look for it in the 5th 6th over arguments are lame”cos (because) once the bowler loads up and gets ready to deliver, he can’t run the batter out cos it’s incorrect according to the law,” R Ashwin concluded.