Ravichandran Ashwin bats for disallowing non-strikers to back up before delivery

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Ravichandran Ashwin. (Image Source: Twitter)
  • Parity will be restored as far as the front line is concerned: R Ashwin

  • Existing conditions are favouring the batsman more.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, through a series of Tweets, urged ICC to use technology to determine whether the non-striker is backing up before delivery.


Ashwin received a substantial amount of flak for his ‘Mankad’ dismissal of Jos Buttler during the last season of Indian Premier League (IPL).

The controversial dismissal created a divide within the cricketing fraternity. While some questioned the ‘spirit of cricket’ involved in the dismissal, others supported Ashwin for restoring a better balance in the game.


“Just hope that technology will see if a batsman is backing up before the bowler bowls a ball and disallow the runs of that ball every time the batter does so!! Thus, parity will be restored as far as the front line is concerned. #noball #dontbackup,” Ashwin wrote on Twitter.

“Many of you will not be able to see the grave disparity here, so let me take some time out to clarify to the best of my abilities. If the non-striker backs up 2 feet and manages to come back for a 2, he will put the same batsmen on strike for the next ball,” he added.

With the existing conditions favouring batsman more already, a non-striker holding an advantage of an extra yard before the delivery proves handy while running between wickets.


“Putting the same batsmen on strike might cost me a 4 or a 6 from the next ball and eventually cost me 7 more runs instead of maybe a 1 and a dot ball possibility at a different batsman. The same will mean massively for a batter wanting to get off-strike even in a test match,” the Tamil Nadu tweaker continued.

“It is time to restore the balance in what is an increasingly tough environment for the bowlers. #thefrontcrease #belongs to #bothparties @bhogleharsha we can use the same tech that we are proposing for a no-ball check 120 balls in a T20 game,” Ashwin concluded.

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