Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie backed Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in his recent controversy with Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan.
In a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals, a heated argument took place between Ashwin and Morgan over, taking a second run where the spirit of the game was once again brought to the question.
During the Delhi Capitals innings, Ashwin decided to go for a second run after a throw deflected skipper Rishabh Pant which didn’t go well with the KKR players.
In the final over, Tim Southee dismissed Ashwin as both the players had few words of exchange before Morgan took a go at the off-spinner. Both Ashwin were almost at each other’s throats only for Karthik to intervene to separate the two players.
Why does Ashwin have to be that guy again?: Shane Warne
Many iconic former international players have been divided on this matter and have explained their reason to stress on the debate.
Former Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne supported the England captain in this particular matter and questioned Ashwin for his act.
“The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple – it’s disgraceful & should never happen. Why does Ashwin have to be that guy again? I think @Eoin16 had every right to nail him !!!!” Warne tweeted.
Why do we blame the player that plays within the laws of the game?: Jason Gillespie
Responding to his countrymen and former teammate, Gillespie defended Ashwin and said that players have the right to play within the laws of cricket.
“The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple- it’s disgraceful & should never happen. Why do we blame the player that plays within the laws of the game? I believe players have every right to play within the laws of the game as set out by the MCC,” Gillespie had tweeted (the tweet was later deleted).
Ashwin opened up on the entire row while expressing his side of the story and said he wasn’t a disgrace to the game and asked the experts to not confuse other cricketers with the principles of ‘Spirit of the game’.