Ashwin made a spectacular remark about the all-rounder minutes before Virat Kohli’s internet-crashing tweet on Stokes’ record 155, the highest-ever score by an England captain in a Test’s fourth innings and the first century knock by an England captain in the Ashes series since 2009.
Australia survived to take a 2-0 lead in the ongoing Ashes series with a 43-run triumph at Lord’s, but England captain Ben Stokes stole the show with a record-breaking 155-run effort. He led the late assault around the stroke Lunch, closing the deficit to under 100 and reminding Australia of the 2019 Headingley chase. Josh Hazlewood ultimately took the prized wicket, leading to a tail-end collapse on the final day of the second Test, but the knock was all that social media or world cricket could speak about.
“May eventually turn out to be an inning in a losing cause, but Ben Stokes and his stomach for a fight is unreal,” he tweeted after England’s captain left.
However, Ashwin, like most observers, believed that England could easily repeat the Headingley result with Stokes as the champion player. The veteran India bowler predicted that it would come down to the wire, but he also believes that the Aussies would have won had Nathan Lyon, who suffered a calf injury during the match, been fit. He then gave ICC some counsel.
“A close finish is on the cards here.” What a fantastic series #Ashes2023. Consider this: If Australia could have shut this game down with Nathan Lyon doing his thing from one end, it’s time to consider muscle tear subs like concussion subs are considered. “A like-for-like replacement will mean an even contest, especially for a 5-day format,” he tweeted.
Following their victory in Birmingham last month, Australia will travel to Headingley to complete the series next week.
After Bairstow’s wicket, Ashwin’s “most-awaited” tweet prompts discussion about the “spirit of cricket.”
The ‘spirit of cricket’ was sparked by Jonny Bairstow’s contentious dismissal, which India spinner R Ashwin discussed.
Australia maintained their lead in the ongoing Ashes series by winning the second Test at Lord’s by 43 runs to take a 2-0 series lead. Ben Stokes, the captain of England, took the initiative on the last day; however, despite scoring 155 runs, England’s second innings collapsed for 327 while still needing to reach 371. A few instances during the event generated a lot of discussion on social media. The one that received the most attention was Jonny Bairstow’s contentious ejection during Day 5’s first session.
The removal of Bairstow caused a new issue in the match and sparked a discussion about the “spirit of cricket” on social media. For those who, for whatever reason, choose not to watch the game, Bairstow was run out for 10 (22). However, how he was fired infuriated the home crowd, including the rumored MCC members.
It transpired: Bairstow permitted a short delivery from Australian all-rounder Cameron Green to reach the wicketkeeper. The drama started to take place then. Bairstow moved toward his captain, who was at the other end, after assuming the ball was dead, but little did he know Alex Carey had other ideas. Bairstow was dismissed when Carey struck the stumps and discovered outside the crease, actually nowhere in the frame.
The renowned stadium was filled with cries of “same old Aussies, always cheating” shortly after the incident. The incident also caused a rift on the internet, with R Ashwin, who has frequently been at the center of discussions about the “spirit of the game,” complimenting Carey for his insight.
“We need to be very clear about one thing. In a test match, the keeper would only approach the stumps from that distance if his side had been accustomed to the batters leaving their crease after leaving a ball as Bairstow did. Instead of focusing on the unfair play or the spirit of the game, we should commend the player’s game sense, he tweeted. Fans responded favorably to Ashwin’s viewpoint on Twitter, with one user dubbing it the most-awaited remark.
In a statement that said, “Let me say it again— Whatever is within the ‘Laws of the Game’ can’t possibly be ‘Against The Spirit Of the Game,'” former cricketer Aakash Chopra echoed similar sentiments.
The former Australian spinner Brad Hogg’s perspective on the incident surprised many people. The well-known Chinaman spinner said that the dismissal went against the spirit of the contest. Barrington wicket: Not Out. The cricketing nature pushed the boundary. He wrote, “Not trying to run, end of over, scratched crease then walked for the regulation BS conversation between overs between batsman.
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