During the last ODI match between England and Australia, Mitchell Starc didn’t take the chance of mankading the non-striker Adil Rashid even when there was a possibility of doing the same. The pacer instead used it as an opportunity to warn Rashid. This created a lot of buzz on social media. One of the fans even used this incident to mock Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and asked him to learn from Starc on how to play the game in the right spirits. This caught Ashwin’s attention and he responded with a perfect reply.
The incident happened in the 49th over of the match. England who was batting first were 287/7 at that stage and were looking to change gears in the last two overs. Starc, who was coming into bowl noticed that the England spinner Adil Rashid was out of the crease by a long distance. Instead of running the batsman out in the non-striker’s end through mankading, Starc decided to stop and give a warning to Rashid.
This incident created a lot of buzz in the social media, some used it to praise Mitchell Starc for uplifting the spirit of the game. Whereas some used this opportunity to mock Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
During the last year’s IPL, the then Kings XI Punjab captain Ashwin had ran-out the nonstriker Jos Buttler by mankading for moving out of the crease while he was about to bowl the ball. This created a lot of debate on social media back then and it is still continued even now.
“Please learn something @ashwinravi99. This is how you play the game. #ENGvAUS”, a Pakistani tweeted.
Ashwin is not someone who doesn’t sit back and ignore the hatred thrown against him. He took to his official twitter handle to give an adequate reply to the comment. Ashwin reckoned that he believes in good fighting and will surely discuss this incident in a day or two.
The Indian spinner replied, “I believe in fighting the good fight but wait till the day after and I will get back to you on this. I would like to give a day to myself”
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