This is why Virender Sehwag took a dig at Ravi Chandran Ashwin after MCC made changes to Cricket rules

Virender Sehwag is often known for his hilarious tweets. The former dashing opener took a hilarious dig at Ravi Chandran Ashwin and it has to do something with the changes in cricket rules which were recently amended by the MCC on the 8th of March.

The MCC has moved the runout rule of non-striker by the bowler before releasing the ball from “unfair” to “Runout” in its latest amendments.

In his recent tweet, Sehwag pointed to Ashwin, “Full freedom. Be sure to do one”, eliciting laughter from the cricket fans as the off-spinner has been involved in run-out instances of the non-striker before releasing the ball on several occasions in both international and IPL cricket.

Critics earlier have supported Ashwin’s tactics of running the non-striker in such a manner, but many former players and pundits have raised concerns on such tactic being utilized by the off-spinner and have called it “Unfair” and “Not in the spirit of the game”.

It was in 2012, when Ashwin first did the mankading when made the appeal to the main umpire against Lahiru Thirimanne. Virender Sehwag was captaining in that match. Sehwag in one of the interviews later on revealed that it was Sachin Tendulkar who advised the team to take back the appeal. Sehwag then asked the umpire to allow Lahiru Thirimanne to return to batting.

In 2019 IPL, Jos butler while playing for Rajasthan Royals got out of Makanding from Ravichandran Ashwin. The decision went with to third umpire and he signaled out to Butler. Butler was livid with the decision and Ashwin once again received flak from many of the cricketing pundits.

Then there was the incident in the 2020 IPL where Ashwin did not mankade Aaron finch and instead subtly warned him for not leaving the non-striker’s crease until the ball has been released by the bowler.

Now that the MCC thhas classified the law as an official way to run out the player at the non-striker’s end, the non-strikers would be wary and the cricketing pundits will not cry foul the “Unfairness” and “Not in the spirit of the game” for getting a wicket in such manner.

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