India vs Australia, veteran Indian spinner R Ashwin has been a consistent troublemaker for the visitors. However, in the second Test of the 4-match series at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, Ashwin was seen giving a slight scare to Marnus Labuschagne at the non-striker’s end.
Australian skipper Pat Cummins won the toss yet again and opted to bat first. The visitors made a few changes to their playing XI, with Travis Head and debutant bowler Matthew Kuhnemann replacing Matt Renshaw and Scott Boland. On the other hand, India made only one change, with Shreyas Iyer coming in for Suryakumar Yadav.
In the 19th over of the innings, Ashwin was seen pulling out of his delivery while bowling around the wicket. It is unclear whether he did it to warn Marnus Labuschagne, who was backing up too far. Ashwin made a field change and went over the wicket on the next delivery.
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The video of the incident shows that Ashwin may have given a slight warning to Labuschagne, who was clearly outside his crease. This tense moment has caused quite a stir among cricket fans, with many wondering if Ashwin was within his rights to do so.
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👀 Ashwin keeping Labuschagne on his toes#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/tfBKaWwaW3
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 17, 2023
A Controversial Move?
While there are no clear rules around this incident, Ashwin’s move could be seen as controversial. In 2019, he was involved in a similar incident with England’s Jos Buttler, which led to a lot of debate and discussion. Ashwin ran Buttler out at the non-striker’s end, even though the Englishman was backing up before the delivery was bowled.
It remains to be seen whether Ashwin’s move will have any impact on the game, but it has certainly added another layer of tension to this already exciting Test series. As one of India’s most experienced spinners, Ashwin will no doubt continue to test the Australian batsmen in the upcoming matches.
Playing XI India vs Australia
Australia (Playing XI):
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Matthew Kuhnemann
India (Playing XI):
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Srikar Bharat (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj