Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - 'Did not know the ball had hit Rishabh; Will I run if I see it!? Of course'. R Ashwin issued a clarification after his altercation with Eoin Morgan; said the KKR captain called him a disgrace.
R Ashwin issued a clarification after his altercation with Eoin Morgan; said the KKR captain called him a disgrace.
Delhi Capitals' R Ashwin took to Twitter to observe that he didn't realise the ball had deflected off Rishabh Pant's body when the duo pinched the extra run via an overthrow, which in turn upset Kolkata Knight Riders' fielders in the 41st game of the IPL 2021. Ashwin also said that he had the right to take the extra run even if he knew that it had ricocheted off a batter's body.
Ashwin also tweeted that Eoin Morgan, KKR's skipper, had called him a ‘disgrace'. The off-spinner further observed that one can interpret the ‘spirit of cricket' in numerous ways, and that the players shouldn't be criticised if they are not playing according to a particular thought process.
Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 @ashwinravi99 1. I turned to run the moment I saw the fielder throw and dint know the ball had hit Rishabh. 2. Will I run if I see it!? Of course I will and I am allowed to. 3. Am I a disgrace like Morgan said I was? Of course NOT. 06:23 AM • Sep 09, 2021
Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 @ashwinravi99 4. Did I fight? No, I stood up for myself and that's what my teachers and parents taught me to do and pls teach your children to stand up for themselves. In Morgan or Southee's world of cricket they can choose and stick to what they believe is right or wrong but do not have the 06:23 AM • Sep 09, 2021
Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 @ashwinravi99 right to take a moral high ground and use words that are derogatory. What's even more surprising is the fact that people are discussing this and also trying to talk about who is the good and bad person here! To all the âCricket is a gentleman's game' fans in the house':⬇️⬇️⬇️ 06:23 AM • Sep 09, 2021
Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 @ashwinravi99 There are millions of cricketers with several thought processes that play this great game to make it their careers, teach them that an extra run taken due to a poor throw aimed to get you out can make your career and an extra yard stolen by the non striker can break your career 06:23 AM • Sep 09, 2021
Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 @ashwinravi99 Do not confuse them by telling them that you will be termed a good person if you refuse the run or warn the non striker, because all these people who are terming you good or bad have already made a living or they are doing what it takes to be successful elsewhere. 06:23 AM • Sep 09, 2021
Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 @ashwinravi99 Give your heart and soul on the field and play within the rules of the game and shake your hands once the game is over. The above is the only âspirit of the game' I understand. 06:23 AM • Sep 09, 2021
The aforesaid incident happened in the 19th over of DC's innings when Rahul Tripathi fired in a throw and it ricocheted off Rishabh Pant's arm and the duo took another run. “Rahul Tripathi threw the ball, it hit Rishabh Pant and then ricocheted. And Ashwin called for it and they started to run. I don't think Morgan appreciates that. I think he's somebody who, when the ball hits the batsman or the bat, he expects them not to run in the spirit of cricket,” Dinesh Karthik of KKR noted in the presser. “Again, it's a very grey area, it's a very interesting topic. I have my own opinion on it but at the moment I'll just say I'm happy I played peacemaker and things have come to a good standstill right now,” he added.
Incidentally, there is no clause in the playing conditions that would prevent a side from taking a run for overthrows on the back of the ball ricocheting off the stumps, the batter, or the players' accountrements. In the IPL playing conditions, it gives clues about the legality of taking such a run via a deflection. “A batsman shall not be out Obstructing the field if obstruction or distraction is accidental, or obstruction is in order to avoid injury.” In relation to the aforementioned incident, there wasn't any real evidence to suggest that Pant had deliberately deflected the ball to steal a single.
Incidentally, in the IPL 2019, R Ashwin had come under criticism after running out Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler before delivering the ball. Even though the dismissal is perfectly legal as per the laws.