That's Why Batsmen Back Up At Non-Striker's End: Fans Slam Ravichandran Ashwin For His Poor Running Between The Wickets
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That’s Why Batsmen Back Up At Non-Striker’s End: Fans Slam Ravichandran Ashwin For His Poor Running Between The Wickets

Ravi Ashwin
Ravi Ashwin. (Photo: Twitter)

India spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin is being slammed by the fans for his slow running that led to his run-out on day three of the ongoing third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). India were in a desperate need of a good partnership when Ravichandran Ashwin came out to bat and joined Ravindra Jadeja in the middle.

The off-spinner came out to bat after India lost two settled batsmen in Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara. The day started on a poor note for the tourists as their skipper Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Hanuma Vihari (4) returned to the pavilion quickly. Pujara and Pant then steadied the ship and played some fine shots to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane (Credits: Twitter)

Both the batsmen were looking comfortable before the Australian pacers sent them back in quick succession while bowling with the new ball. In fact, India could not add a single run between the dismissals of Pant and Pujara as they were reduced to 195 for 6 from 195 for 4. This is when Ravichandran Ashwin came out to bat.

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The Indian team and the fans must have expected a substantial contribution with the bat from Ravichandran Ashwin who has 4 centuries and 11 fifties to his name in Tests. The spinner started on a promising note too, hitting two quick boundaries before  poor running between the wickets led to his dismissal for 10.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Credit: BCCI

In the 93rd over bowled by Cameron Green, Jadeja drove the ball towards mid-off and ran for the single. Ravichandran Ashwin, who is one of the slowest runners in the Indian team, didn’t give his full effort for the run and was caught short when Pat Cummins quickly collected the ball and fired a throw at the keeper’s end where Marnus Labuschagne grabbed the ball and took off the bails.

Meanwhile, the fans were furious with Ashwin’s running between the wickets and slammed him for the same.

Here are some of the reactions:

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