'Only a certain section of the people seems to have a problem' - Ravichandran Ashwin on Deepti Sharma and Charlie Dean run-out controversy
Ravichandran Ashwin has come out in full support of Deepti Sharma.
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India's right-arm off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has given his views on the Deepti Sharma and Charlie Dean run-out controversy. Supporting Deepti's action, Ashwin said that bowlers don't do any crime by running out a batter who is backing too far at the non-striker's end.
He also said that only a certain section of the people seem to have a problem with this rule. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also ruled this form of dismissal within the laws of the game. Notably, Ashwin had himself run out England's batter Jos Buttler during a group stage match of the Indian Premier League in 2019.
In my opinion, they always play the victim card: Ashwin
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ashwin said: "In the beginning, the whole world saw it that way. But now, most of them have started realizing that the bowlers didn't commit any crime there. Many of them have started asking why you are asking questions to the innocent instead of asking the person who should be guilty. Only a certain section of the people seems to have a problem with this."
"In my opinion, they always play the victim card. But whenever there is something new happening, there will be some resistance to change by a few people and that is understandable," he added.
Ashwin said that a batter can be given out stumped if he/she steps out of the popping crease, the batter on the non-striker end needs to be wary about the same as well.
Further talking about the incident, Ashwin said, "Yes, I am talking about the run-out at the non-striker's end done by Deepti Sharma dismissing Charlie Dean. I have already spoken enough on this subject already. So let me be short and sweet today. Risk vs Reward.
Just like how a batter knows when he steps out of the crease against a spinner or a pacer that a wicketkeeper can dismiss them by stumping. Likewise, a non-striker should also know that he can be dismissed, run-out legitimately if they keep stepping out of the crease and taking that extra yard."