Ravichandran Ashwin, RR, IPL 2022
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image: BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin reacted to Azam Zampa’s ‘Mankad ‘attempt in the Melbourne derby between Stars and Renegades in the BBL on January 3 played at the MCG. It was the Gades who won the match in the end but not before the match had a fair share of controversy.

The incident took place on Tuesday when Adam Zampa completed his follow-through and was on the verge of releasing the ball to Mackenzie Harvey, he turned back and dislodged Tom Rogers’ bails and signaled to the umpire to give marching orders to the batter.

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However, the umpires kept a cool head in the situation, telling Zampa that he had gone past the vertical-the point where the ball is about to be released by the bowler. He then referred the decision to the third umpire who also saw and agreed to the same. Thus the batter Rogers was finally given not out.

David Hussey
Melbourne Stars head coach David Hussey. Credits: Twitter

Later Melbourne Stars coach David Hussey said that they would have withdrawn the appeal had the batter been given out. This did not go well with Ravichandran Ashwin who was one of the first international bowlers to bring the ‘Mankad’ mode of dismissal back to cricket.

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“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,” Ashwin began on his official YouTube channel.

Ravichandran Ashwin Slams David Hussey Over Withdrawal Appeal Remark

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Giving his opinion on the same, Ashwin said that Hussey’s comments would come as a big insult to the bowler who is trying to win games for his team. He shared his opinion on his Youtube channel.

“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 You could have easily withdrawn that appeal even before it had gone to the third umpire.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,” said Ashwin.

“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” he further added.

Captain Withdrawing The Appeal Big Insult To The Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin

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

Ashwin also had a message to the former Australian cricketer saying that the rules of the game have changed and this is exactly how international cricket should be played where both the batsman and the bowlers are well aware of what they are allowed to do and what not.

“The bowlers will feel depressed once you do that. And David Hussey was like, ‘This is not how you play cricket’. Sir, this is now how you want to play cricket. But for that, you can’t assume and say, ‘This is now how you should also play cricket’. This is absolutely wrong,” said Ashwin to conclude his argument.

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