Ravichandran Ashwin (PC-Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin (PC-Getty Images)

The Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has responded once more to the game’s purists who believe that Mankad should be avoided at all costs.

The Australian spinner Adam Zampa was recently defended by the 36-year-old after receiving criticism from analysts and online users for mankading a batter during a Big Bash League match in Melbourne.

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Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credits: Twitter)

He had criticized Zampa’s BBL coach David Hussey for saying that he would have dropped the appeal had that been given out, calling it a major insult. Why should you drop the appeal, first of all? The non-striker is being run out by a bowler. What if the captain asserts that the bowler is in error? If the captain is dropping the appeal, what a huge slight to the bowler!

Furthermore, despite having stated that he was tired of defending Mankad, the willy-offie appeared and attacked a user who claimed that bowlers needed to employ a certain skill level in order to earn a wicket.

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Watch: Adam Zampa Runs Out Tom Rogers At Non-Striker's End In BBL 12, Third Umpire Declares Not Out
Watch: Adam Zampa Runs Out Tom Rogers At Non-Striker’s End In BBL 12, Third Umpire Declares Not Out

“Oppressed community known as “bowlers,” please wake up,” he wrote, quoting one of the users who had linked a snippet of a Test match played this year in Leeds between England and New Zealand. A hitter was called out in this video when the ball ricocheted off the non-striker and hit the stumps. This meant that spinner Jack Leach had a wicket.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the first to bring Mankad to people’s attention:

When he ran out Jos Buttler during the IPL 2019, Ravichandran Ashwin was the one who first brought Mankad to prominence. Since then, he has been an outspoken supporter of this method of dismissal. The Mankad argument resurfaced when India’s Deepti Sharma defeated Charlie Dean.

Ravichandran Ashwin. PC- Twitter
Ravichandran Ashwin. PC- Twitter

In recent weeks, Zampa’s act has once again polarized the entire cricket community. Now, the Under-19 World Cup episode has rekindled a social media firestorm over the contentious form of expulsion.

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