R Ashwin might have the greatest cricketing brain, and he might be the best spinner since Murali, but there is one thing he’s worst in the world at: running between wickets. Today, the cricketing scientist embarrassed himself by failing to make the ground thanks to some unbelievably lazy running.
There are not a lot of things on a cricket field you can brand as a ‘meme’ but Ravichandran Ashwin’s running is certainly one. Be it running between the wickets whilst batting, or merely chasing the ball whilst fielding, Ashwin’s unathletic outlook onever ceases to amaze and leaves fans in splits. His running famously ensured India drew a match they should have won back in 2012 in Wankhede against the Windies, where his refusal to complete a second run resulted in India levelling the target instead of surpassing it. His shenanigans today at the SCG did not have such a catastrophic outcome, but, nevertheless Ashwin’s running, not for the first time, ended up hurting India.
Having lost both Pujara and Pant in quick succession, India were in danger of getting bowled out cheaply and the onus was on the duo of Jadeja and Ashwin to rebuild. Having added 10 runs, they seemed to be gliding along well, but Ashwin’s moment of madness brought a premature end to the stand.
On the second ball of the 92nd over, Jadeja drove an overpitched Cameron Green delivery to mid-off. Though the fielder was inside the circle, he had placed it well, so an extremely easy single was on the cards. However, what was a regulation run turned into an embarrassing run out thanks to Ashwin’s lack of awareness and agility.
Though Jadeja rightfully took off after placing the ball, Ashwin was slow to react. He still could have made the striker’s end with ease but flabbergastingly, a lazy, indolent effort from the off-spinner saw him fall short of his crease. The fielder did not inflict a direct hit, yet so abominable was Ashwin’s effort that he was well short of his ground despite Labuschagne collecting the ball and taking the bails off in his own leisurely time.
Run-outs are a gift to the opposition.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 9, 2021
#INDvsAUS— Akhilesh Tripathi (@akhillesh77) January 9, 2021
Ravichandran Ashwin got run out again..we can see he was running very ordinary..he was running with a bat in his left hand why?...he is a right hand batsman, he can hold bat in his right hand while taking run..
India's runout woes
Terrible running especially Ashwin was looking good so far, India running themselves out in this series:— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 9, 2021
Fans are fuming right now
This was a moment where you switch off the TV for a while to calm yourself. I am fuming at Ashwin for that lazy running, just the inability to fully stretch or even an ugly dive. 😤 https://t.co/HPeYb4eqAG— Ashwin Nair (@AshwinNair99) January 9, 2021
Danger end pr bhi nhi tha, easy single bhi tha, direct hit bhi nhi tha , fir bhi nhi pahuncha ashwin bhai— Jaipal Singh (@JP4RAJ) January 9, 2021
Boring Pujara, slow Vihari, slow Ashwin, Irresponsible Pant...Highlights of the day.— Nishith Shah (@TheNishithShah) January 9, 2021