On Tuesday, during the DC vs. KKR IPL 2021 match at Sharjah, there was an on-field confrontation between Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin and Kolkata Knight Riders‘ Eoin Morgan and Tim Southee. The incident happened on the 19th of DC’s innings. In the last ball of the 19th over, Ravichandran Ashwin took the second run after the ball had hit Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals‘ captain. In the last over, Tim Southee appeared to have said something to Ravichandran Ashwin after dismissing him. KKR’s captain Eoin Morgan also joined the argument against Ravichandran Ashwin. Dinesh Karthik had to intervene to separate them. After the match, Dinesh Karthik said Eoin Morgan did not appreciate the extra run Ravichandran Ashwin was running for as he felt that it was against the ‘spirit of the game.’
Ravichandran Ashwin, in a six-tweet-long thread, firmly replies to the England and KKR captain. He said he was not a ‘disgrace’ like the left-hander had termed him to be. Ravichandran Ashwin wrote,
“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,” Ashwin wrote in his first tweet of the thread.
“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 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 ‘Cricket is a gentleman’s game’ fans in the house’:
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Ravichandran Ashwin narrated the sequence of events and then said Tim Southee and Eoin Morgan had no “right to take the moral high ground.”
Ravichandran Ashwin continued,
“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
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.
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 ‘spirit of the game’ I understand.”
The rules for overthrow say that these runs are perfectly legal under the laws of cricket. However, batters don’t run for these extra runs if the ball deflects off their body. If the deflection rolls away into the boundary, the umpire gives these runs, similar to the World Cup 2019 final.
We think it is perfectly legal according to laws. Do you believe Ravichandran Ashwin is wrong here? What do you guys think about this issue? Let us know in the comments below.