'If we are the affected party...' - Ravichandran Ashwin comes up with his blunt take on super-over deflection confusion in Bengaluru T20I

A lot of debates and discussions started after a ball deflected to long-on after hitting Mohammed Nabi in the third T20I between India and Afghanistan.

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Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, and Mohammed Nabi (File Photo: X)

Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, and Mohammed Nabi (File Photo: X)

The third and last T20I of the recently concluded three-match series between India and Afghanistan left the entire cricketing fraternity thrilled. It happened to be the first-ever match in the history of white-ball cricket to enter the second super-over to conclude the result of the match. Meanwhile, a sort of controversy and a debate also ignited on an incident that happened in the first super-over of this match.

It happened when a ball deflected after hitting Mohammed Nabi’s leg and went to long-on where former Indian skipper Virat Kohli didn’t look happy with Afghanistan players running the overthrows.

In the same line of events after a lot of debate and discussions, the veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin came up with his opinion on the same. He also explained the situations and spoke about the different reactions and versions of the same story.

“There are two sides to this story. If we are the affected party on the field, we will get very irritated with whatever happens. We might not have done this if we were on the field. That is our personal opinion and view,” said Ashwin in a recently uploaded video on his YouTube channel.

“As an Indian cricket fan, I can say this. Tomorrow, if we are facing a Super Over in the World Cup knockout match, and when it is one ball, two runs to win. The wicketkeeper's throw deflects off our glove, we will also run. How can a player not run?” he added later.

"Spirit of cricket? Yet again, I'm sorry" - Ravichandran Ashwin

Furthermore, Ashwin also explained this situation by comparing the mindsets of both the batter and the bowler. He also elaborated on the entire rule in the same regard.

“A simple explanation for this will suffice. A bowler is bowling to pick your wicket. You are blocking the ball or hitting it to score runs. When the ball hits the pads, it's a leg bye. It is a bye when it doesn't meet your body, and the keeper leaves it. When the ball goes wide off the crease, it is wide. When the bowler outstretches their leg, it is no-ball. All these happen on the chance that the bowler takes a wicket-taking delivery. This is the same. When a fielder throws to get me to run out and the ball deflects off my body, I am within my right to run. Spirit of cricket? Yet again, I'm sorry,” Ashwin said.

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