India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Cuttack November 29, 2011

Ashwin is run out, again

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The déjà vu moment
After being at the centre of the nerve-shredding draw in Mumbai, R Ashwin wouldn't have gambled on being run out in the very next game, in incredibly similar fashion. Rohit Sharma steered a slow offcutter to third man, for what seemed like a straightforward couple. Like in Mumbai, Ashwin wasn't running to the danger end, but for some reason decided to refuse the second. The noisy crowd meant Rohit probably heard the call late and Ashwin was eventually forced to leave the crease with his partner almost beside him, for the second time in two innings. Things are looking up for Ashwin with bat and ball, but running is another matter altogether.

The transformation
Lendl Simmons came into the game with seven half-centuries and a ton in his last 12 innings, and the confidence was evident in the flourish accompanying his strokes. But the placement and timing took a while to make an appearance. He played out 15 balls against India's nifty new-ball pair, without managing to find a gap and the pressure was building on West Indies. Simmons eventually broke free off his 16th ball, moving out of the crease to punch Vinay Kumar powerfully for a four down the ground. The next ball, he sashayed out again and picked up a length ball to deposit it for a six over midwicket, and suddenly looked a completely different batsman.

The start
Virender Sehwag has never been one of those get-your-eye-in kind of batsmen. During the World Cup, he made a habit of muscling the first ball he faced in nearly every match for boundaries. This was the first one-dayer he played since the World Cup final, but being away from the format for eight months didn't stop that trend. His first delivery was a free-hit - short and well outside off, and it was duly dispatched over backward point for four.

The turning point
West Indies had the chance to close out the game in the 39th over, when Rohit Sharma suffered a sudden brainfade with India 37 runs short of the target. He tried to pull a ball that wasn't quite short at a time when India needed only singles, and top-edged it in the air towards third man. Darren Bravo had to move only a few yards forward to complete the catch, but he seemed to lose sight of the ball. He stayed rooted to his position as the ball bounced in front of him and Rohit survived. He knocked off another 15 runs before being eventually dismissed, and the tailenders held their nerve to pip West Indies.

The interruption
After the one-dayers against England failed to attract the customary large crowds, Cuttack showed the appetite for cricket in the smaller centres. There wasn't a seat to be had at the Barabati Stadium as international cricket returned after two years. While the jam-packed stadium would have heartened the organisers, there was a period of concern in the eighth over of the chase. It wasn't entirely clear what happened, but Sammy called all the West Indian players to the middle after a disturbance in the outfield. Play was held up for several minutes as a large number of policemen were stationed near the stand where the problem occurred.

Siddarth Ravindran and Nitin Sundar are sub-editors at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 2, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @Karthik Raja, I agree with you regarding the runout. After reading your comment, I watched the footage closely again. Yes, while Ashwin was wrong in making the call, he made it VERY early and yes Rohit was caught ball watching and Rohit watched Ashwin after he came almost halfway down the pitch. Instead of turning back at that point of time, he pressed forward which was absolute rubbish. And the kind of theatrics at the boundary line by Rohit were quite aweful. Yes, Ashwin was at fault and Rohit didn't approach the situation with a level-head, as a senior partner. It's like flying a flight. Your junior co-pilot makes a mistake. But the Captain of the flight makes the situation worse instead of trying to undo it, resulting in a crash. Rohit should have gone back to prevent this runout. Ashwin needs to be commended for trying to undo his elementary mistake and sacrifcing his wicket. Hope Rohit learns from the elementary mistake on his part as well.

  • on December 2, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    One single question - Given the situation, wt was more important "a single run" r "preserving fall of a wicket".. I wud go for later.. Okay, Ashwin is bad runner.. He screamed a big NOOOO as soon as he reached his end.. Rohit has turned and running towards him.. He is seeing that Ashwin is not responding.. Throw has left the fielder's hand.. Rohit in mid pitch and Ashwin in his end.. Who can make it other End easily.?? It should be Rohit.. I am not blaming Rohit.. Bt, its not entirely Ashwin's fault for India to lose that wicket.. Indeed he made sure that Rohit is in play by sacrificing his wicket.. He has shown some character in the field and should be appreciated.. Such kinda mistakes wil happen and he shud b ADVISED wid a pat in his shoulder and not in such a rude way.. We all r reacting as if we hv never seen pathetic running in Indian cricket.. Many a times, our batsman has run for non existent run.. So, guys.. Relax.. All these r part and parcel of the GAME.. :))

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas.. Every1 will have their own view.. I respect ur view reg Sachin's answer.. And, I am not going to argue against it.. Bt, wt I believe is that he doesn't need to do any gimmicks now(like showing himself as Monk) given his fan following all around the world which includes some gr8 cricketers who r definitely our(u & mine) favorites.. But ur arguments like "Playing for records", "should be shown door", "when he performs, India fails", "Not performing in pressure Conditions", "Selfish", "Useless runs" - all these deserves some serious re-thinking.. As I hv observed frm ur comments, u seems to hv level headed approach on cricket, barring these nonsense "Sachin bashing".. I could also see u list him as great in few of ur recent comments.. If u r interested, I can recommend u my policy.. "If u don't like some1 who is loved by majority, better dont comment.. Don't try belittle their credits which hv earned him a huge following.." Believe me.. This has earned me lot of frndz.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on December 2, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Can't take constructive criticism? It is childish to cast aspersions at Sunil for his well meaning comments on Ashwin. The fact remains that Ashwin needs to improve on his fielding and running between the wickets ability. Nobody gets discounts on their performance, even if they have had an injury preventing them from discharging what is required to represent the country. I've seen Sunil bat and field and believe me he used to score at a pretty brisk clip in an era when there was no limitation on bouncers and the number of overs in a day was just about 75. People seem to judge him by his 36 n.o. That shows how little these people know about Sunil's cricket or why he played that innings in such a fashion. Sunil moulded the first Indian team that excelled in fielding under his cap in 1985 when India won the Victoria Jubilee series in Australia. Some of the fielding done then would put many of the test players' fielding to shame and that would include Dhoni's keeping!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 1, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    @Karthik Raja, honestly, I look at questions with obvious answers in a different way. As humans, we need to understand that questions with obvious answers are part and parcel of our lives, be it a job interview or an interview with a journalist. When such a question is posed, there are several ways to answer it. One of the ways is, directing the question back at the journalist, "What do you think I will be thinking"? and then laughing it away. Humorously admitting that you are a human doesn't dent your dignity in any way. You asked me, "BTW, wts wrong in thinking abt it.."? In fact, if you've noticed, I never said there's anything wrong in thinking about it. I'm saying it's wrong to say that one is not thinking about it. Sachin, with his ludicrous answers, is trying to project himself as a Monk, which Sachin obviously isn't; and dishonest answer begets pressure. How? Now, he has to act, while playing, that he isn't thinking about 100. Instead of playing, he chose acting. Pressure!

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Guys, he suffered a severe pelvic injury when he was young, so for him to made his mark in this level is itself a great achievement. Appreciate people for what they have done, lets have our criticisms to ourselves. Do not engage in petty fights, grow up and get on with you life. Lets not judge any ones attitude or talent sitting behind a computer or a TV, no one cares about the difficulties and obstacles these people face, all they care about is to criticize people of their short comings to compensate for their own low level of self respect and esteem. Congos Ashwin...

  • Sganu on December 1, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    We were all praises for Ashwin, until his controvercial handling of last 2 balls in final test.., his stock dropped drastically and questions raised on his commitment and maturity in the situation. When Aaron has completed the second run at the danger end, what was Ashwin thinking- preserving his wicket at the cost of the win? It's a shame..again given benefit of doubt by some diehard fans...and then its proven beyond doubt that team management needs to work on him and his reading of game while taking decision in running between the wicket..it was Rohit's call but he is not prepared to react. Criticizing Gavaskar as a commentrator is unreasonable here for the fact that he is in commentory role, where some of the commentrator doesn't even achieve enough so they cannot be critical of the mistakes, is that the logic then it's failed one, not withstanding what he has done as a player. He is justifying here as a commentrator, one cannot shoot the messenger...however bad the news may be

  • RmIND on December 1, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Why this north - south issue still? If someone succeeds try to appreciate or if he does a mistake then pinpoint it, y dou want to criticize a person for the sole reason he is a southe or a tamilian( in this case). Aftr all we are all indians!!!

  • Desisd on December 1, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Lets be honest here and accept that Ashwin needs to improve in his fielding and running between the wickets..He is playing in 2011, so there is no need to compare him with players from other era than this era. Without a doubt he is an exceptional bowler and India´s spin future; He has to be good in other things to be a part of a successful team. Lets wish Ashwin improvement in weak areas.

  • JaganDashers on December 1, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Continuation... Sunil Gavaskar is a great legend.. but sometimes he should be careful while commenting.... his comments makes us to think about what he performed during his cricketing days. Gavaskar should think about his running and strike rate... he played one of the most humiliating innings in ODI cricket so far.. making 36 of 170+ balls.. just for the sake of talking, he cannot make rubbish comments on youngsters... It is the duty of super senior players like SG, RS to help these youngsters and not to make stupid comments in air... Everybody needs improvment and fans should also understand players have limitations.. cannot expect munaf to do a jonty in feild.. people talking abt kumble and laxman being natural athletes.. chk out their video's of 90's for their pathetic feilding... they improved over the years.. I wish these youngsters Ashwin, Rohit, Raina's will do the same and be the legend's for the future generation. MOTIVATION DOES A WORLD OF GOOD THAN CRITICISING...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 2, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @Karthik Raja, I agree with you regarding the runout. After reading your comment, I watched the footage closely again. Yes, while Ashwin was wrong in making the call, he made it VERY early and yes Rohit was caught ball watching and Rohit watched Ashwin after he came almost halfway down the pitch. Instead of turning back at that point of time, he pressed forward which was absolute rubbish. And the kind of theatrics at the boundary line by Rohit were quite aweful. Yes, Ashwin was at fault and Rohit didn't approach the situation with a level-head, as a senior partner. It's like flying a flight. Your junior co-pilot makes a mistake. But the Captain of the flight makes the situation worse instead of trying to undo it, resulting in a crash. Rohit should have gone back to prevent this runout. Ashwin needs to be commended for trying to undo his elementary mistake and sacrifcing his wicket. Hope Rohit learns from the elementary mistake on his part as well.

  • on December 2, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    One single question - Given the situation, wt was more important "a single run" r "preserving fall of a wicket".. I wud go for later.. Okay, Ashwin is bad runner.. He screamed a big NOOOO as soon as he reached his end.. Rohit has turned and running towards him.. He is seeing that Ashwin is not responding.. Throw has left the fielder's hand.. Rohit in mid pitch and Ashwin in his end.. Who can make it other End easily.?? It should be Rohit.. I am not blaming Rohit.. Bt, its not entirely Ashwin's fault for India to lose that wicket.. Indeed he made sure that Rohit is in play by sacrificing his wicket.. He has shown some character in the field and should be appreciated.. Such kinda mistakes wil happen and he shud b ADVISED wid a pat in his shoulder and not in such a rude way.. We all r reacting as if we hv never seen pathetic running in Indian cricket.. Many a times, our batsman has run for non existent run.. So, guys.. Relax.. All these r part and parcel of the GAME.. :))

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas.. Every1 will have their own view.. I respect ur view reg Sachin's answer.. And, I am not going to argue against it.. Bt, wt I believe is that he doesn't need to do any gimmicks now(like showing himself as Monk) given his fan following all around the world which includes some gr8 cricketers who r definitely our(u & mine) favorites.. But ur arguments like "Playing for records", "should be shown door", "when he performs, India fails", "Not performing in pressure Conditions", "Selfish", "Useless runs" - all these deserves some serious re-thinking.. As I hv observed frm ur comments, u seems to hv level headed approach on cricket, barring these nonsense "Sachin bashing".. I could also see u list him as great in few of ur recent comments.. If u r interested, I can recommend u my policy.. "If u don't like some1 who is loved by majority, better dont comment.. Don't try belittle their credits which hv earned him a huge following.." Believe me.. This has earned me lot of frndz.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on December 2, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Can't take constructive criticism? It is childish to cast aspersions at Sunil for his well meaning comments on Ashwin. The fact remains that Ashwin needs to improve on his fielding and running between the wickets ability. Nobody gets discounts on their performance, even if they have had an injury preventing them from discharging what is required to represent the country. I've seen Sunil bat and field and believe me he used to score at a pretty brisk clip in an era when there was no limitation on bouncers and the number of overs in a day was just about 75. People seem to judge him by his 36 n.o. That shows how little these people know about Sunil's cricket or why he played that innings in such a fashion. Sunil moulded the first Indian team that excelled in fielding under his cap in 1985 when India won the Victoria Jubilee series in Australia. Some of the fielding done then would put many of the test players' fielding to shame and that would include Dhoni's keeping!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 1, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    @Karthik Raja, honestly, I look at questions with obvious answers in a different way. As humans, we need to understand that questions with obvious answers are part and parcel of our lives, be it a job interview or an interview with a journalist. When such a question is posed, there are several ways to answer it. One of the ways is, directing the question back at the journalist, "What do you think I will be thinking"? and then laughing it away. Humorously admitting that you are a human doesn't dent your dignity in any way. You asked me, "BTW, wts wrong in thinking abt it.."? In fact, if you've noticed, I never said there's anything wrong in thinking about it. I'm saying it's wrong to say that one is not thinking about it. Sachin, with his ludicrous answers, is trying to project himself as a Monk, which Sachin obviously isn't; and dishonest answer begets pressure. How? Now, he has to act, while playing, that he isn't thinking about 100. Instead of playing, he chose acting. Pressure!

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Guys, he suffered a severe pelvic injury when he was young, so for him to made his mark in this level is itself a great achievement. Appreciate people for what they have done, lets have our criticisms to ourselves. Do not engage in petty fights, grow up and get on with you life. Lets not judge any ones attitude or talent sitting behind a computer or a TV, no one cares about the difficulties and obstacles these people face, all they care about is to criticize people of their short comings to compensate for their own low level of self respect and esteem. Congos Ashwin...

  • Sganu on December 1, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    We were all praises for Ashwin, until his controvercial handling of last 2 balls in final test.., his stock dropped drastically and questions raised on his commitment and maturity in the situation. When Aaron has completed the second run at the danger end, what was Ashwin thinking- preserving his wicket at the cost of the win? It's a shame..again given benefit of doubt by some diehard fans...and then its proven beyond doubt that team management needs to work on him and his reading of game while taking decision in running between the wicket..it was Rohit's call but he is not prepared to react. Criticizing Gavaskar as a commentrator is unreasonable here for the fact that he is in commentory role, where some of the commentrator doesn't even achieve enough so they cannot be critical of the mistakes, is that the logic then it's failed one, not withstanding what he has done as a player. He is justifying here as a commentrator, one cannot shoot the messenger...however bad the news may be

  • RmIND on December 1, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Why this north - south issue still? If someone succeeds try to appreciate or if he does a mistake then pinpoint it, y dou want to criticize a person for the sole reason he is a southe or a tamilian( in this case). Aftr all we are all indians!!!

  • Desisd on December 1, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Lets be honest here and accept that Ashwin needs to improve in his fielding and running between the wickets..He is playing in 2011, so there is no need to compare him with players from other era than this era. Without a doubt he is an exceptional bowler and India´s spin future; He has to be good in other things to be a part of a successful team. Lets wish Ashwin improvement in weak areas.

  • JaganDashers on December 1, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Continuation... Sunil Gavaskar is a great legend.. but sometimes he should be careful while commenting.... his comments makes us to think about what he performed during his cricketing days. Gavaskar should think about his running and strike rate... he played one of the most humiliating innings in ODI cricket so far.. making 36 of 170+ balls.. just for the sake of talking, he cannot make rubbish comments on youngsters... It is the duty of super senior players like SG, RS to help these youngsters and not to make stupid comments in air... Everybody needs improvment and fans should also understand players have limitations.. cannot expect munaf to do a jonty in feild.. people talking abt kumble and laxman being natural athletes.. chk out their video's of 90's for their pathetic feilding... they improved over the years.. I wish these youngsters Ashwin, Rohit, Raina's will do the same and be the legend's for the future generation. MOTIVATION DOES A WORLD OF GOOD THAN CRITICISING...

  • JaganDashers on December 1, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I'm from south india, to be precise from chennai. I think its totally unfair to talk about north india and south india stuff... once players enters the feild, that has nothing to do, its INDIA.... Coming to Ashwin's running... He should've tried for the 2nd run in mumbai test.. as he has already saved the match, therz nothing to loose at that time... but in last ODI, i guess he sacrificed his wicket bcoz of stupid running (and thinking) from rohit sharma... Being an youngster he did tremendous work in his debut series.. also not to forget abt his bowling skill in powerplay... still wonder how many spinners have the guts to bowl in powerplay.. Ashwin should improve on his running and feilding (so as many indian players), no doubts in that. Not every feilder is Jonty, not every batsman is sachin, every bowler is wasim... everybody has areas of improvement. To be fair to ashwin... people should not talk as if he is the culprit for drawing the test match or making it tight in odi...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 1, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    I feel this was the only chance for WI to win in the series. Now onwards youngsters will take WI seriously and they will not get any chance!

  • Rangarajan_Rajamani_Chennai on December 1, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    I dont understand why Ashwin supporters are too worried. Agreed he is the find of the tour, but he also has to improve on certain attributes (or hide certain weaknesses). He is new to international cricket and hence, he has lots to learn. He is not a fast bowler and hence, he has to put in that extra effort to run fast (aaron or Yadav are naturally atheletic while Ashwin has to work hard)

    There is nothing wrong in saying so. But just because he runs bad doesnt mean we need to drop him or so . . . It is his area of improvement. Kumble was poor runner initially and when younger legs started pushing him, he improved (the famous 110 in Eng in '07).

    Great players keep learning and reinventing themselves.

    If Ashwin is great, he would. Nobody is questionning his talent or attitude. But to succeed at the highest level, fitness counts (Ask Zaheer/Irfan/PK they will tell you how costly it is, to have poor fitness)

  • TheOnlyEmperor on December 1, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Some basics of running in between the wickets for the readers here...A runner needs to keep his yes on the ball and so his running and body should optimally be angled to the direction from where the ball is being thrown. Rohit ran the run perfectly. When he reached the non-striker he was looking at the ball with his back to the stumps and the umpire. He saw that there was a clear 2nd run and took off the danger end. Ashwin who was watching the ball and Rohit as he must, decided to put his hand up the 2nd run and didn't start running even though he saw that Rohit was running with his eyes on the ball. It was only when Rohit was half way down the crease that he saw Ashwin's raised hand still rooted at the crease. That's when he asked Ashwin to run. Ashwin had no reason to turn down the run just as Aaron had no reason to turn down Umesh's single much later. Aaron seems to behave irrational in contrast to Umesh's calmness in such tense situations. Need to watch him too!

  • monisammy on December 1, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    WELL SAID IYER.. I HAD SENT A COMMENT 2 DAYS BACK REGARDING ROHIT'S ATTITUDE & I AM SURPRISED THAT CRIC INFO HAD NOT POSTED IT(MAY THEY ARE ROHIT'S FAN OR MUMBAIKARS) WELL ROHIT DOES CARRY A LOT OF INSECURITY REGARDING HIS PLACE IN THE ODI & T20 SIDE.(TO SOME EXTENT EVEN THE TEST MATCHES).HE KNOWS ONCE SACHIN & YUVRAJ ARE BACK HE WILL BE AXED FROM THE INDIAN SIDE.HE IS SO DESPERATE TO MAKE A MARK & SECURE HIS PLACE AT ANY COST. EVEN IF HAD TO BE FORCING SOMEONE LIKE ASHWIN TO SACRIFICE HIS WICKET.. UTTER SELFISHNESS..HE NEEDS TO EARN HIS PLACE LIKE OTHERS DID(EG, YUVRAJ, RAINA, KOHLI, JADEJA ETC) AND NOT BE ARROGANT AND SELFISH..HOPE HE WILL LEARN THIS SOMEDAY.. GOD HELP HIM...!!!!

  • Deadly_Dude on December 1, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    I am shocked to see the comments of ppl ... somebody taking it to the extreme and saying "... it hurts 1000s of Tamil fans". Ridiculous to say the least. I am not a Tamil but still a fan of Ashwin since his IPL days.

    Ppl criticising Gavaskar saying he "may" be a gr8 player in the past. All those ppl should know that he definitely WAS and not "may be" a gr8 player. The point all the die - hard fans of Ashwin are missing here is that it is not about Ashwin shouting a big "NO" to the 2nd run. The question here is about the intent, and the player being or not being alert to the possibility of a 2nd run. In T20 and ODIs, every run is important. So, to succeed at the international level and to do justice to his batting skills, Ashwin would need to be much more alert to the possibility of an extra run when running between the wickets. When boundaries are not coming by, converting an easy single into a two, a two into a three can make all the difference.

  • Iyer on December 1, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Ashwin is slow between the wickets, period! However, let us recap the situation: 1) asking rate was below 3 an over with 15 overs to go 2) Last kinda recognized pair (if we can take ashwin century in test & his skills as opener for under 19) 3) Given the situation above, for some reason ashwin felt taking that second run is risky and could result in a run out. 4) It would have been totally ashwin's fault, had he not yelled NO to Rohit. However, you can see Ashwin screaming NO as loud as possible. There is no way that Rohit could not have heard that unless he is deaf. Now given the above, the question that needs to be asked is why couldn't rohit respond to Ashwin's call? Is rohit showing an attitude here? Was Rohit desperate and overenthusiastic in an effort to take all the glory? Had Rohit listened to his partner's call, certainly that run out could have been avoided and India would have been deprived of one run.

  • on November 30, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    I wonder why this is a south-north issue ... Honestly he should take the blame for that run-out. What if the top order collapse ? Is Cricket a game where all your top players contribute a 50 ? If first 5 got out for a duck , then the 6,7,8 must contribute. if not think abt an early dinner. Anyway , I think Ashwin learns from his mistake.

  • on November 30, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @Nalininalini Cbabu : Oh stop making this another one of those regional bias conspiracies. There is none. Everyone including the commentators are keen to see this young man Ashwin succeed. That's why they are critical. Ashwin has not learnt from his mistake in the Mumbai test where he did not even try to get the second run which was harmless to take but he was not ready to give away his wicket for India's success. He repeated it again in Cuttack ODI in another scenario. We are just worried he has a self esteem issue on hand with his batting and he is trying too hard to prove that he is a batsman. I am sure Harbajan must be watching Ashwin with a glee and knows exactly what Ashwin's problem is.

  • nkoch on November 30, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Heck, my 90 year old gradma will run faster than Ashwin!! I can't believe the support for Ashwin's attitude here. In both games, second run was always on the cards, he was going to a safer end and he did not hear the senior partner screaming his throat out. Two times in less than a week Ashwin has shown lack of understanding of basics of running between wicket. No one's attributing the collapse to Ashwin here but his shoddy running between the wicket is inexplicable, this game and more so in the test match.

  • indyarox on November 30, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Madhan Raj. The point being made here is even Laxman runs faster then Ashwin. Ashwin has to improve his attitude. He is never looking for doubles. Lazy fellow will suffer if his bowling and shot making deserts him.

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    yeah ashwin didnt run properly replace him with harbhajan singh who is a gud runner b/w the wickets, and we can keep him for that alone ...

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Cricinfo support Mmubai as what Sunny Gavaskar(Mumbai) said in commentary. This title is not even necessary to specify what Aswin did!

    1. There are more balls left than runs necessary ( required runrate: 3.87) 2. This is first time ROHIT and ASWIN batting together! 2. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai) is NOT ready list what his partner says! 3. Last 4-5overs... Too many action from Rohit in Pavilion...(Dont try too smart Rohit!) 4. Why there is NOT TITLE CRITICISING THE POOR BATTING by TOP ORDER?????? Be careful Cricinfo (ESPNCRICINFO)... as Just SUNNY is JUST a COMMENTATOR in ESPN-STAR! ..........

    Dear CRICINFO .. it hurts 1000s of Tamil cricket fans!

  • on November 30, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Sometimes a good cricketer comes along and fades away because they are either selfish or too proud/arrogant to see their weaknesses. History of cricket is full of them. I/we only wish Ashwin who has tremendous talent with the ball does realize that he is a bowler and bowler only on any day. Trying to be a batsman and trying to control situations in the center does not augur well for his long term future. His demise will come along with that is Dhoni sooner than expected. Rest of the team mates will slowly cast him aside. Remember what happened to Ganguly?

  • V174Y on November 30, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    As many have already pointed out: 1. Its not the fault of Ashwin alone. Both were watching the ball + noisy crowd. 2. Tight runs were not needed since the Required RR was low + It was almost the end of the over. 3. Not sure why the editor has said "..for some reason decided to refuse the second.". But every single person seems to know why ;) Must be editor's trick to attract viewers?

    Some funny comments: 1. Ashwin should wake up every morning & sprint with pads on. 2. Ashwin should bat lower down the order [I guess behind vinay, yadav & aaron? No disrespect to them]. 3. Ashwin Selfish [Could have been true, but unfortunately Ashwin sacrificed his wicket] 4. I like Sehwag who tries to hit all balls bowled at him and gets out soon trying, so that we dont have to worry counting his milestone [Seriously? How old are you? Lets hope that u were being sarcastic]. 5. Ashwin nearly cost the match by losing his wicket [Top order batsmen should not be blamed for their reckless shots?]

  • Anand_Guitar on November 30, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Its Completely Rohit Sharma's mistake not Ashwin's. Plz dont blame and disgrade a good Cricketer.

  • on November 30, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Couldn't agree more on Ashwin episode. Someone, please teach the chap basics of running between the wicket. - Cricket these days has a concept of running first run hard to put the pressure on the fielders. It seems fielders do that to ashwin. -While running between the wicket, you are supposed to heed at your partner if he's making for the danger end. You can not crawl around like a pensioner on a beachside walk. - You could be a good player (that ashwin is), but you have to learn from mistakes. - Ashwin did play well in the mumbai test and in this match as well, but that DOES NOT GIVE HIM A RIGHT TO UNDO ALL THE GOOD WORK WITH HIS SHEER LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM.

  • on November 30, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    OMG!!! Seriously, we are going to discuss about how Ashwin messed up running the second when the top 5 scored peanuts in the match and got us into the mess in the first place. Great. This is the curse of southern state players in Indian team. Put in 150% of your efforts, the question is going to be why not 200%. Even cricinfo has become biased nowadays when it comes to criticizing north and south players. Looks like Cricinfo has to bring in commentators from outside the country to provide a sense of fairness.

  • on November 30, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Cric info - Please Note that Runout is Not Ashwin's Fault....but it is Rohit sharma's fault not listening what his partner saying...Ashwin did Sacrifice and Rohit became Hero and Ashwin have to be blamed ??? Is this a comedy or wat??....Did Sunil Gavaskar has lost his mind or Slept while the run was taken....Utter Nonsence Commentry from the Old man...He may be a Legend but should not critize Ashwin for that runout...You People know what happened really....Common Folks dont be arrogant as SG...

  • Nampally on November 30, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    There is too much Hoopla about Ashwin's Run out.Why do the errors of the first 5 batsmen go unnoticed or lacking scrutiny to the same extent? Gambhir & Parthiv were out slashing at wide balls which should be left alone. In fact Gambhir's slash was at a wide ball. Sehwag & Kohli left a gap between bat & pad as big as Kyber pass & were bowled. Where are the basic fundamentals?Raina fell to wild swing. These guys need to play responsible cricket & should be accountable for their poor batting. As for Ashwin, the second run was possible but risky - Not a regulation run. Also second run is always a mutual call betwn. 2 batsmen. Ashwin thought he will not make it to the other end with his slow running. So he refused but unfortunately Rohit did not hear or see his hand held high saying NO.This is one more error by India in a very poor batting display by their leading batsmen.The Coach & Captain must have a meeting witthe h players & caution them that their cavalior attitude is unacceptable.

  • on November 30, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @sreebala Lolz... Ashwin "wannabe" a Batsman,,,,think u have short term memory loss,how easily u can forget his Maiden Test Ton scored last week or so.... U just come bak to reality and say wheather a second run was needed there???

  • on November 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    R.Ashwin is been given too much credit as a batsmen (Which is not). He shud be sent at 9 or 10 for batting. What is the use of a batsmen who doesn't even run the 1st run hard and also never wants to giv his wicket (just like Nayan Mongia).He looks like a selfish batsman. look at Jadeja - he is a decent example of a bowling all rounder.

  • AsherCA on November 30, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Ashwin has shown a clear lack of cricketing common sense for 2 games in a row. On both occassions, the other man was running to the danger end, made it comfortably. Ashwin decided to not run until forced & secured a free run out for the opposition. If he had run straight away, he would probably have made it in any case but by delaying his start, he eliminated all pressure on the WI fielders AND handed his own wicket to them on a plate. ...twice in a row in less than a week.

    Ashwin is a very good bowler, good batting as well, there seems to be a shortage of common sense & at best, an inability to learn from his own mistakes !

    I guess Dhoni & N Srinivasan should have a word with their CSK star - India cannot afford jokers who do not learn from their own mistakes.

  • Trident on November 30, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Do u have guts to discuss abt a player stood whole day to score his 100 th ton, and got out at 94 on the next day when it was most needed to achieve a target (for his team victory) where he may not get his ton hence got out at 3 ??? , if no 8 or 9 batsmen has to run fast b/w the wickets , score tons, if they failed writing an article about is sheer shame ...

  • on November 30, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    yeah, rohith called for it , but ashwin said a huge NOOOOOOOO for it, it was surely due to rohits mis judgement , and naming an article based on this too harsh on this cricketer ... very poor taste cricinfo

  • on November 30, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    why cricinfo is so keen in naming this article ashwin run out again... ??

  • on November 30, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    To all super heros criticising ASWIN _---- 1.why no words on the top order batsmen? 2. knowning ASWIN is not a good athelete and asking a tough 2nd run is only ridiculous and not his running. 3. @Mumbai test __ he hold on till the end to help India not lose the test but here @ CUTTTAK odi Rohit Sharma could not last long. so....?

    4. so @ moment is the training needed for good atheletism or for " better communication & stress management"?

  • manisacumen on November 30, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    And in the ODI, he was not to blamed at all. Ashwin had clearly said no. There was no business for Rohit to go madly for that run even if he was clear that there was a two in that. Ashwin had not hesitated. He just said clearly no. Rohit should have respected. Even top batsmen like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman have said no to an extra run when they felt it was not needed. Rohit should have respected Ashwin's decision and at the break of that over, talk to Ashwin on getting these extra runs. Moreover, the balls were plenty. The need of the hour was just to play out the overs and get the ones and twos here and there. Wicket saving was the need of the hour. While most of the people are pouncing on Ashwin, surprisingly very few are harsh on Rohit. As regards the commentators, they are also like us only notwithstanding their experience and having been players. They have also made horrendous mistakes. We should see it more objectively and not lap up whatever they say.

  • on November 30, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Its only fair to downgrade Ashwin to a lower batting order than he is now. His batting skills are a hype due to one centuey in the Mumbai test though his bowling is real and good.

  • manisacumen on November 30, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    It is highly uncharitable of all of you who scold Ashwin. In my view, in the test match, howsoever smart and fast he had been to get back to the batting crease, he would have run short. The throw was accurate. May be had he tried to go for the second immediately, the keeper could have missed it, in a hurry to get hold of the throw and snap the bails. But I think in such situations, it is very difficult to decide. And one thing is for sure, had he turned back immediately, the probability of his succeeding would be only 20%. 80% he would have failed. May be there was a lack of burning desire to win, which he should think over. He should be street smart and be alert. I hope he takes this criticism in the right spirit and changes his attitude. Having said that he is not to be blamed for the draw. In fact, our Sachin and Dhoni played carelessly, when we needed them to put their heart and soul. It was just complacency that WI was a low class side. I see no other reason beyond ..

  • on November 30, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Spare a moment for Ashwin. We do this quite often in Gully cricket. The strategy is to keep rooted at the crease so to minimize the runout chances of the batsman running to the danger end.. It works as follows. The throw is towards the danger end. The batsman at the crease can judge how fast the throw is and can theoretically give the other batsman time to recover and get back to safety at his end. However this strategy doesn't work in Top Class cricket, which I am sure Ashwin has learnt by now.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 30, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    What I find appalling is the caliber of the commentators on TV. It's depressing to hear them and they should all be retired forthwith. A spot poll was done when there were some 40 runs to be scored off 96 balls done by the TV channel. 81% of the voters said India would win. All in the commentary box ( Arun Lal, Shastri, Gavaskar ) thought WI had a better chance, while the WI' commentators thought that with 3 runs required off every over, there was no question of India not winning. This highlights the negative attitude and the disconnect of the commentators with young India. Ashwin we are told has a thinking brain. Apparently that seems to cripple his running. The hunger to win is the most important in sports. The risks always exist, but overcoming those risks using talent and ability to come up on top makes one a winner and champion in sports. How many people Indians think that ANY opposition scoring 10 runs off 3 overs against ANY Indian bowling attack is tough? How many?

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 30, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Ashwin is below par when it comes to running between the wickets and even when it comes to outfielding. His speed is much below average. We definitely don't want to be saddled with another Laxman or Ganguly when it comes to running between the wickets where every 2 gets converted to a single and a 3 into a 2. Athleticism is part of competitive sports. This can be easily fixed if he and others like him start practicing to run in the outfield rather than the treadmill. Ashwin's attitude to winning also sucks. You play to win not to be safe to get a draw. With 10 runs to be got in 3 overs in the Test and with 3 wickets I would have expected the guys to comfortably sail home. If scoring 8-10 runs in the last over of a T20 is done effortlessly by any international team why should scoring those runs in a Test be an issue when it is the same field, the same bowlers, the same ball and the same 22 yards. India needs an attitude coach... and that's a definite must!

  • insightfulcricketer on November 30, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    By jove what a response. Looking at the last names it seems one set of people just sided with Ashiwn irrespective of the fact that the one act of his nearly cost the game both times. In Mumbai he just could not have imagined that the throw would be perfect. He had to take the chance since game was to be won.Similarly in second ODI Rohit the senior batman ,made the call to run to danger end. All Ashwin had to do was to "trust" his partner and respond. I am getting a feeling Ashwin is a selfish player -he will need to improve a ton to remove that feeling.

  • ramli on November 30, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Ashwin got run out ... so what? As long as he takes wickets, scores useful runs and more importantly not causing India to lose ... We don't care !!!!

  • on November 30, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    It takes two to tango...so Ashwin judged -- 1. He can take on the bowler so he wanted to take only one run and face the bowler and refused the second run. 2. Rohit knew there were 2 runs without hiccups, but did not heed Ashwin's call for 'NO' and runs second, forcing Ashwin to run. So both were right but it shows that only Ashwin was a bad judge of running second run and forgot that you must run as many as you can in an ODI and Rohit should respect his partners call for 'NO'. Both are equal culprits. Hope this is not repeated in future games.

  • on November 30, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    ashwin is thinking 2 much abt the situations he is getting in for tht he is getting run out....he has 2 play according 2 situation nt according his thinking.he has 2 improve his running otherwise it will be diffcult for him 2 survive the limited over games whr he has 2 be on his toes 2 finish the runs fast

  • arrowbabu on November 30, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Arrow Bowman you are right, Rohit attitude like lakshman in ODI, Manish Pandey is 100% better than Rohit.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 30, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Are people really critising Aswhin who a scored a century in the last test and yet the entire top order who have a combined total of almost 50,000 runs and 140 centuries couldn't manage one between them on the flattest of flat wickets. If people persist with discussing a bowler for his batting efforts then for the sake of balance there must also be discussion about the batsmen who did not bowl or those he did bowl and didn't get wickets or gave away boundaries. These batsmen should work on their bowling so when the the recognised bowlers do not get wickets in let's say their first over then the ball should be given to the batters.

  • Raj12345 on November 30, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    @maninthewoods . Please respect Parthiv. He has played so far 16 ODIs this year and not 9. Bad thing is, he has not anything in all 16 ODIs. It is all gimmick to displace DK or Uthappa.

  • on November 30, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Ashwin will do it again and again and again. why ? he thinks he is a specialist batsman which he is not. He lacks run scoring abilties and street smart skills of inventing an non existent runs . He has always been a 'want to be a batsman' starting with his career. His unfulfilled fetish for batting like a specialist batsman is costing both him and the team dearly. I think it would be good for Ashwin to be dropped a notch down in batting order to drive some sense of reality into his head.

  • on November 30, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    This is really going crazy....When some one does some great thing we all appreciate and if he does a small mistake, we r not ready to tolerate. All has to keep in mind that, each and every individual is prone to mistakes. Here Ashwins mistakes hasn't caused any damage to the team india. Infact there is no mistake here. Regarding SG, he is a worthless commentator. Infact Ravi and Bhogle are more technical. This guy always praises mumbai folks and he always forget that he is a low profile cricketer in ODIs. In mumbai test there was no 2nd run as ashwin has hit ball hard and it reaches the fieldsman soon. Also when he is hitting the shot, the runner is half way thru and he can easily get back. Probably if Ashwin has toed down that short slowly, then that wud hv been 2 runs. Regarding SMG in test, i want to say only thing. Because of him, we draw many test matches, which r to be won and with SRT, we have saved many matches which are to be lost

  • on November 30, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Ashwin needs to be more fit and run fast otherwise the runs wasted by not running is same like he leaking runs while bowling.. "Cannot run since he is taking wickets" is not an excuse at all.

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Rohit is a very poor player, he succeeds with minnows only, it is time to go for Manish Pandey who is extremely athletic & a superb attacking batsman like Ricky Ponting.

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Rohit also made mistake calling for a second run, which is not very crucial at that time and wicket in hand are very less, run rate required is less. Ashwin needs training running and take runs, he made century fours and sixers. I hope that in future ashwin will not commit mistakes

  • SudheerPusuluri on November 30, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    I don't kow why is cricinfo blaming Ashwin along with the some non-sense commentators.."The noisy crowd meant Rohit probably heard the call late " - was that Ashwin's mistake? leave that poor guy for sometime..he is doing his job well..he may have to fasten his running between the wickets..but criticizing him for not doing the top order batsmen's job is very bad..

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    All talks are about Ashwin learning to run between wickets...What about Rohit Sharma? He should listen to his partner and start understanding the need of the hour. Just because he is from Mumbai, two ever irritant Sunny and Ravi will say he is the best batsman in the current team and others join them in commenting in the same way. Think before you ink.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Sid and Nitin are out of their mind. I doubt whether you folks really can read a situation of match to comment it. Ashwin actually sacrificed his wicket due to Rohit's poor run judging capability. There is no need for a risky second and top of it, Ashwin screamed NOOOOOOO and idiotic Rohit kept running and now you people are making Ashwin a Bunny. Rohit may be a talented batsman but arrogant fellow who doesn't understand the value of the wicket. Rohit is in the team due to the most selfish cricketers of India, Gavaskar and ever irritant Ravishastri. Damn useless Rohit threw his wicket at a vital period.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Ashwin is a good bowler, fair batsman, he did both well in Tests, he scored a 100 + took 9 wickets but if we have to find 1 person responsible to mess up an Indian victory also is the same person Ashwin. Nobody apart from his wild thinking would have defended penultimate ball of the test & try to take 2 runs of the last ball. His running between wickets is worse than Inzamam Ul Huq. He showed again in the 1st ODI what he did in the test. It is time for the team management & fielding coach to be stern with him. This slowness is costing India dear. He is a tremendous plus with his bowling.

  • bipulkumar on November 30, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    I am quite amazed to see that so many are trying to defend Ashwin's run out here. A mistake is a mistake even if you score hundreds or take tons of wicket. When a mistake is pointed out, noone tries to take credit out of those hundreds or wickets. It's there to be acknowledged and worked on. It's common sense that Ashwin should have given it all to run 2 runs when there was nothing to lose in the last test match. And it's common sense that it was Rohit's call when the ball was behind Ashwin in the one day. These are basics and which can be worked on and must be worked on.

  • on November 30, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    "Ashwin is run out, Again" -- The title itself is provocative. Almost inciting people to criticize. Others have eloquently defended Ashwin; so I don't need to. But I wish Cricinfo chose titles, a little more carefully, especially when it may affect the promising youngsters in the early part of their international careers. The unfairness was even more, since the struggle to win was mainly because of the carelessness of the top five. Wonder, whether Cricinfo may even post this!

  • Sakthiivel on November 30, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Its like a joke this run out was... Rohit was running for the second like they need 6 RPO. The equation was simple just 3 RPO dont lose wicket and go for the kill. But they take to the tail to win irresponsible rohit to be blamed.

  • stickypointer on November 30, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Yes, not all are athletic runners and yes, Ashwin can work on improving his running skills, but his judgement in both the innings where he got out are not necessarily questionable and have nothing to do with his running abilities. He was on the side of caution instead of aggression in the ODI. In the test, the ball had flown over his head and there was no second run, though he could have run and lost his wicket just for the heck of it.

    Finally, Rohit (excellent knock) had no business to force a run when the partner is crying out to not go for it. Rohit coming from the non-danger end could have easily returned to his end without causing any damage and later advised Ashwin on the strategy. And what about the inept "oh there are others to play" attitude of Gambhir and Parthiv? They need to learn to value each innings and take a leaf out of Laxman and Dravid - the complete pros.

  • AB2405 on November 30, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @Sukumar Radrapu: how u can say... Batting is not Ashwin's job....this is modern cricket, where we have to perform in all departments....no wonder why England is top side in test cricket because of batting abilities of Swann,Anderson... Ashwin was clearly at fault when players (Sharma/Aaron) can reach the crease at danger end.....we cannot be stay at top with this thinking...........

  • on November 30, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Yes,,ryt, we all shud Agree that Ashwin needs to improve in his running between the wickets,,But that does not mean u can criticize a bowler for not getting runs,, He has bowled really well and has got more than twenty wickets in his debut series and has lowest economy rate among the indian bowlers in yesterday's match,,So i dont know hoe people can criticize him ,, think they wil start criticizing MSD for not bowling well in coming yrs :P

  • johnathonjosephs on November 30, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    People talking too much about Ashwin's running when focus should be elswhere. If Gayle was on this team, West Indies would have won easily

  • drjineesh on November 30, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Heard SMG on air commenting Ashwin is a thinking cricketer. What that really means is he wont slog; he wont run hard between wickets; he wont dive around in the field and when he takes a wicket there wont be a war cry, just a humble celebration. Hope Ashwin wakes up to the fact that thinking guys never gets their face value up in the market ( a la Kumble, Laxman). So Ashwin, just throw the thinking cap away and enchant the public with some macho pranks. That is the way to true greatness in India. Here you are either a celebrity or nothing.

  • MadanMohan1234 on November 30, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    people who are saying Ashwin should not be criticized for poor running are wrong. Just like how we praise him when he bowls well and sometimes bats well, we are entitled to criticize him when he runs poorly. Yes he may not be athletic, but that is no excuse for poor running. He needs to improve his fitness and running. It is one thing for old people to run and field poorly, but it is another thing for a youngster like Ashwin to run and field poorly. Hope he takes criticism in right spirit and improves his running.

  • sravanmalle on November 30, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Ashwin not only proved himself as a useful bowler but also an useful loworder batsman who almost took the team to victory from no where before his poor second run ended the match to a draw. No matter whether you are a bowler or a batsman, running between the wickets has to be spot on. These things will change a whole complexion of the game, Ashwin really has to improve his running between the wickets.

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    so ashwin has become a batsman who has to score despite he is dere in the team for bowling...guys he is a BOWLER

  • ultimatewarrior on November 30, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    I really welcomes both the ashwin's defenders and offenders bcoz both r real cricket fans of india. The only difference is both are looking Ashwin from opposite sides i.e. some are looking for what he does and rest are looking for what he doesn't...I think Ashwin is a real gift for India (altogether I m bhajji fan too) if he plays on similarly good cricket more and more not only in India but everywhere in world, only few things remains that he should show a little more smartness that off course will come with experience....as nobody can be a match winner from series One...

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Ashwin's running between wickets in the tests and ODI are different unrelated incidents. For the ODI, Rohit Sharma has always been bad runner between the wickets. His track records is such. If we were to create a stats of him being run out or his partners being run out, it will be an eye opener. As for the tests, Ashwin was not guilty of bad running between the wickets rather not trying. He might have made it or might not have, who knows but not trying was his fault.

  • CRVN on November 30, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    REG runout of Ashwin in both the Innings ( Y'day in the 1st onedayer and in the test match) , every one is missing the point of Ashwin's thinking. In the One day there was no need for a second run at all as that was the fifth ball of the over and Ashwin can block the next ball so that Rohit will face the next over. It was wrong on the part of Rohit to have called for the second run.

    In Ashwin, Laxman, Kumble, we have thinking cricketers who strive to contribute to the team and rather than blaming, if co runner understands little bit more about them, it will help in the long run. Also in the test match, when Ashwin was touching and turning for the second run, the ball has crossed his head and was straight to the keeper. If he had pulled hamstring for non existent second run, he would have missed Australian tour. His subtle Variations and change of speed will help in Australian condition. rather I would blame Jadeja for the shot he has played to get out.

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    I think he needs to improve his running between wickets, else its going to hurt him a lot in future.

  • indianzen on November 30, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Ashwin gave away his wicket for Rohit as rohit was going good, what else you can ask from a team mate...

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas. Well, its a reply 4 ur post in other report.. yeah.. I agree with both ur points.. 1. Record addiction is not a sin.. Since I believe that individual records will boost Team's winning chances.. 2. Sachin will have 100th ton in his mind.. Ya, I know it.. Y me.?? Even the whole world knows it and he himself knows that whole world knows he is thinking abt it.. BTW, wts wrong in thinking abt it.. Jus as u said, its quite human.. Bt, wt do u expect from him.. To come out and say that he is under some kinda pressure.. Hey.. get realistic.. It will be like saying "I hv so&so weakness and plz exploit it".. No one wid gud reasoning will say so.. Thats, again human.. Actually, its stupid frm media to raise such a question to him.. Its like a question asked in reality shows.. "How do u feel..??" No matter the competitor has won/lost.. He/She will cry.. Crap.. Such question wid obvious answer should b avoided..

  • sweetspot on November 30, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    It would be a pathetic Indian team that finds it apt to blame any result on Ashwin's running between the wickets. His judgment was spot on, in both cases. In the last test, he felt he would not have made it back in time, while there was no need for a fast second run in this case. Ashwin is a much better outfielder than many clowns that have played a great deal of matches for India, too. His job is to bowl and take wickets, and he is doing well. In both these (in)famous innings if he had been bowled first ball, there would be nothing but appreciation left for his bowling. So, what's the fuss all about? A fit and toned athletic body is probably not the best thing for supple action and smooth spin bowling that is hard to read. I hope Ashwin stays the same, and I hope the top order gets some runs like they are supposed to. What's up with Gambhir and his catch practice shots outside off in EVERY game!??

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Aswin is Runout again in second consecutive innings. The Coach has to improve his running between the wikets as HE IS SLOW in the returning for returning for next RUN. This cost India a TEST VICTORY & might had cost FIRST ONE DAY also.

    Pravin

  • cskfangg on November 30, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Oh..Stop it guys...I never seen this kind of harsh comments about a bowler who bowled well in this ODI and Man of the series in his debut.. Its looks like most north Indians don't ashwin in place of harbhajan..Please be a Indians & support all..Ashwin is going to be next kumble for us..Mark my words..

  • on November 30, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I was arguing on Ashwin's side when he declined the second run during the tense, drawn test last week, on the grounds that he had secured the match for India. However, yesterday's near fatal encounter makes me wonder whether he thinks about his partner while batting. It is wrong to chastise Rohit for not slowing down as per Ashwin's pace. If it were a Laxman or Dravid, I can understand the tired legs factor, but Ashwin is in his 20s ! He needs to simply improve is running period. This takes nothing away from his fab, restrictive bowling performance. Knowing that he seems to have a good cricketing head on his shoulders, I expect him to turn this around quickly ! Also hope the Indian top order bats with more responsibility and close out this series in the next two matches itself !

  • stevejohnson1010 on November 30, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    I wanted IND to lose the match, as WI deserved to win more than IND did! Felt pity on Sammy as well, in such a short career, he has shown that he is capable of good captaincy, and delivers killer blows in decisive moments with ball/bat. If Chris Gayle/Ramnaresh Sarwan come back, it will only serve his captaincy a world of good. I am pretty sure if IND had batted first yesterday, and made 211/9, they wouldn't be able to defend it, as the outfield became lightning fast, and wicket became much easier to bat on under lights. It was only due to never say die spirit from WI bowlers, which kept them in the match right till the very end. I would like to see WI winning this series 3-2, they deserve luck favoring them as well as any other team.

  • on November 30, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    I don't understand why some fans are bringing in North Indian or South Indian stuff here. For once, can we talk about us 'Indians'? It was clearly bad running by Ashwin. The two was definitely on offer and IT WAS ROHIT'S CALL. For god's sake Rohit was running at the danger end but was sure of making it. Ashwin had a dumb brainfreeze and should have listened to Rohit's call. And by the way, Vinay ran better than Ashwin ran between the wickets. @shrastogi. IT IS DUTY OF EVERY PLAYER TO WIN A MATCH be it anyone playing at any point of time.Personal performances are not above Team's win. All Rohit wanted was a sensible partnership which chiken brained running of Ashwin did not provide. Thank god for Rohit, Jadeja, Vinay, Umesh and Aaron that we won. Cricinfo publish.

  • p77gin on November 30, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    ashwin made all the commentators look foolish yesterday! after the run out in the test match, so many theories were put forward about how he was ensuring the first run was complete or how he was saving his partner! laughable. anyone who has even a little bit sense of cricket can now realize that ashwin has a problem with running between the wickets. he needs to fix that. no matter if you are a bowler or a batsman, if you are playing for your national side (or any side for that matter) you need to improve upon your short commings.

  • on November 30, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    If we are appreciating Ashwin's century then we have every right to blame him as well. He didn't run well in both of the matches and both times have a straight/direct impact in those two matches. That is why everyone is pointing finger towards him. It also indicates that Ashwin has all the potential to be a good all rounder. When there is ability/potential then there is expectation attached to it. No one expects a donkey to do the job of a horse. Only a horse can do the job of a horse. Ashwin is going to be a great player for India. Wish him all the luck and of course we should stand by him. He played fantastic cricket till date. But needs to improve his running standard as well.

  • Crazy_4cricket on November 30, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    @ALL: Who think Aswin shouldn't win matches for India with Bat, please refer to the SA vs Aus 2nd test. I don't think any Australian (who might or might not belong to his State/Region) would have liked Johnson to have a brain freeze and not attempting a winning run when there is nothing to lose. The bowlers shouldn't be asked to win matches, but if they are in a position to do it, they must do it.Harbhajan and Zaheer has saved matches for India in lots of occasions. In Mumbai Test, with the match saved and having been eradicated the possibility of Loss, Ashwin must have tried a second. Converting a chance to win a match from defeat/Draw was one of the many good qualities of Harbhajan and Ashwin clearly hasn't shown it yet with the bat.

  • Rahul_78 on November 30, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Ashwin is an excellent cricketer but not a natural athlete a la Kumble and Laxman. Running quick singles is not his forte. But I am sure he will work on improving his running and calling. It is also a duty of the partner to adjust the running between the wicket when other batsmen is not so quick.

  • on November 30, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    It is not fair to compare the last two run out. Ok i can accept the run out of that last test. He should`ve done better than what he did. But still he was the man who brought that game alive along with ojah. Peoples like arun lal and gavaskar should realize on those things before commenting on a player in front of world on a television. then, Rohit Sharma who favourite for the commentators like gavaskar ,ravi and lal. They are crazy about players from Mumbai. They never complained about their state players. Even they commenting on dhoni`s ability who done a fabulous job for Indian cricket. rohit runs like blind without seeing his partners call. It was absolutely unnecessary to run second for that time. They blamed ashwin for this. Normal peoples like me and u, should have to listen those kind of one sided commentary from the half hearted peoples. Next time onwards i`m gonna watch with mute option on tv.

  • Romenevans on November 30, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Ashwin seriously...i mean seriously need to work on his fielding and running between the wickets. He is just trying to be over-mature at times. On the other side, i see glimpses of Sreesanth in Varun Aaron...same agitate, impatience and over confident attitude when things don't go his way and then when he was batting with Umesh, he didint take that single, because he wanted to be the Hero, and same thing he did in the 2nd last over of the last test match, when he took that single and then spoiled the whole last over too. Kudos to Umesh though for his down to earth attitude and bowling so well. He is way way better than Aaron.

  • on November 30, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    OMG That's unfair to ashwin. First of all, he is not batsmen.he is a bowler commentators like gav and arun lal should realise the fact.it's not his job to run like a hell on the ground on that occasion. Since there was enormous amount of overs left in the innings to score the 50 odd runs. I hate one sided commentary from those peoples.

  • McGorium on November 30, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Some people are being awfully unfair to SM Gavaskar, esp. with the "anti-south Indian" nonsense. In fact, it sounds a lot like trolling to me. SMG is an unmitigated SRT fan, no doubt, but to claim that he is a fan of all Bombay players or dislikes players from the south is disingenuous. SMG has nothing but good things to say about Dravid, Kumble and VVS. (I know Dravid is a maharashtrian, but still). I've heard him say good things about Srikkanth. He has criticized Sehwag and Ganguly for lazy running between the wickets (like not sliding the bat in). Ashwin can, and should be forgiven for the last ball of the third test. He punted on the fact that the throw would come to the non-striker's end, and was wrong. He ran himself out in this game, or could have easily run Sharma out. At the very least, he was oblivious to an easy second run, and that's not too much to expect from an international cricketer. You can't hide behind the "only a bowler" aspect: he still has to run properly.

  • on November 30, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Lets be fair in commenting. Ashwin did enough with the ball which he is supposed to do. And a risky 2nd run is not needed at that point of time. Ashwin told "NO" but Rohit reacted late. If you criticise him when he bowls bad, thats fair, anything from his bat is a bonus and not his job.

  • Selva_247 on November 30, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Everybody is talking about Running between the wickets. Ashwin's runout was not because of running between the wickets. It was because of lack of co-operation between 2 batsmen. When Ashwin kept shouting "No", Rohit kept on running. Ashwin should have felt that there is no meaning in taking risky runs as 59 was required of 113 balls. There was no rush for runs. But there was a sense in saving wickets. What would have happened if Umesh Yadav kept running when Aaron denied a single when there was almost time for a double there. One of them would have been run out and India would have lost. Its about respecting your partners and playing with good understanding. Ashwin was playing sensibly taking singles every ball. Rohit not only made a mistake by running Ashwin out, But took the power play at the Wrong time. Which eventually dried up the singles a little bit and almost cost his wicket if only bravo had moved in to take the catch. Same with vinay kumars wicket. Going 4 shot instd of singl

  • satish619chandar on November 30, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    To the brainfades who think Ashwin was the reason for drawn Mumbai test, see the replays again and again.. He played the shot off backfoot and need to regroup to start the run.. By the time he reached the nonstriker end, the throw passed him on the way to the keeper.. Just because a free nonstriker ran half the pitch, you cant blame him.. Blame Aaron who without trying for a single swiped and played out 4 balls in the final over for the draw..

  • satish619chandar on November 30, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    I felt it was mistake of both.. It was Rohits' call and Ashwin should have responded blindly as Rohit was running to the danger end... But to his defence, Ashwin called NO straight away and repeated it clearly.. Rohit should have stopped his thoughts of second run when Ashwin was not ready to run it.. Rohit should have understood Ashwin is a slow runner and there was absolutely no necessity to rush up at that point of time..

  • monisammy on November 30, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    ANOTHER NAIL BITING FINISH.. THANK GOD THAT INDIA WAS ON THE WINNING SIDE.. COMING TO THE DISCUSSION ABT ASHWIN NOT RUNNING THE SECOND... YES VERY TRUE THAT ASHWIN ISN'T A GREAT RUNNER BETWEEN THE WICKETS.. COME ON PEOPLE IT WAS ONLY A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO THAT HE WAS RUN OUT AND I AM SURE HE NEEDS TIME TO IMPROVE..(FITNESS & ATHLETISM DOESN'T COME OVERNIGHT)... PROBABLY HE HAS STARTED TRAINING AND MAY BE HE WILL GET BETTER WITH TIME...IT IS EASY FOR US TO SIT AND MAKE OUR COMMENTS, BUT IT IS THE PLAYER WHO UNDERGOES THE REAL MENTAL & PHYSICAL STRAIN...

  • kitten on November 30, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Ashwin is a brilliant cricketer, make no mistake, and he will only get better. But, I agree, his running between the wickets has got to improve. Like someone earlier said, he might run out Dhoni, Raina, or even worse still, Tendulkar on 99!! This time there were two runs to be had without too much fuss, and Rohit made his ground very easily, and so would Ashwin if he had kept running. Even in the last test, when you need two runs to win off the final ball, you just keep running, because India could not lose, they still has Ojha left, Ashwin was certainly at fault for India not winning that test. But having said that, he played marvellously with ball and bat, and this small blemish is pardonable. He is a smart guy, and will only get better for the experience. Go Ashwin Go.

  • deegowd on November 30, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay : Each player is on the field to win games for their team. Some with the bat and some with ball. Ashwin might not have been to blame for the team being at that position, but when given that situation, he should consider himself as responsible as anyone and play his best. He shouldn't be expected to win matches with his bat, given that he is primarily a bowler, but shouldn't he play the way that is best for the team? Even McGrath worked on his batting late in his career despite being in the strongest team in the world, because he wanted to win games with every opportunity for his team and not just take wickets. That's professionalism. Luckily in Mumbai and today, Ashwin running himself out didn't cost his team the match, but if he continues like this, he might run out a regular batsman or do a Donald (of 99 WC), costing his team dearly. He needs to improve not just for his team, but to justify his own talent with the bat.

  • on November 30, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    @Ravi Gupta.. ya i agree with you ashwin is the culprit for drawing the mumbai test else India wud have lost.. what a shame... If he is going to score a hundred takes a 5 for and then india drew the match, wat is the easiest thing to do blame it on him... like dhoni said, his job is to take wickets and he did, anything that comes from the bat is a bonus... if he bats well appreciate, if he doesn't then don't do anything coz thats not his job.. if he bowls well appreciate if he doesn then criticize.

  • Siddharth_zenox on November 30, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    A mistake is a mistake no matter who did it... But has the Indian team doing everything right so that we have gone to point fingers at a bowler for not running quick between the wickets??? especially when he has not even crossed 25 matches at International level and yet to play big guns in ODIs. Did we expect Kumble or prasad to be quick between the wickets.....???? set the expectations correctly, then you can see where we are lagging as a whole team....

  • praveen4honestremark on November 30, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    It was good entertainment, but there was some poor cricket played on field. Rohit Sharma was correct that there was second run , but he was wrong in deciding for second run for two reasons. 1) Ashwin, not so athletic as many bowlers in the cricketing world are. 2) Not listening to Ashwin cry "NO". So, a common sense from Rohit sharma in thinking would have prevented a run out. Ashwin is also blame worthy , because when you see Vinay kumar running, we get some thoughts in mind...why can't Ashwin run like him?. Even betterment upto 70% in running is okay for Ashwin. Ashwin is below par in running, he should make it to some 70 -80% and we are not expecting you to run like Dhoni and Raina...but show improvement and learn running. Both should learn from mistakes.

  • only_sehwag on November 30, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    @zico123

    "he gets steady if he wants to improve his average (33) and no. of hundreds (12), for his talent his average should have been close to 40 and no. of hundreds atleast 20."

    -- that's what sehwag is all about...he doesn't chase meaningless averages and records...he enjoys the game..its pure fun to watch him play..and his fans need not bother about 100th hundred, 99th 99, 98th 98 and so on..

  • SupertrampMS on November 30, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    Nobody is saying Ashwin should make big contributions with the bat,But his running abilities are always found wanting and consider how athletic people of his age are(Kohlis,Rainas,Jadejas and all).Even if we leave the athletic part consider the older guys like Sehwag and Gautam are better runners,and Dhoni is a great runner.Only thing is he need to train with a sprinter for sometime,That will make sure he gets his running part right

  • Cric_Is_Fun on November 30, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    @Ravi Gupta It is amazing how we suffer from short term memory. "Mr. Aswin is the culprit for Drawing the Mumbai test". Ashwin is not a batsman, he is a bowler. AND, how can you forget Aswin's century in the first innings? Take that out and India would have followed on and most probably lost by an innings! In the current match also, the top order batsmen were guilty of making a mess of the chase. All the bowlers did their job. Restricting WI to 211 on a 300+ track is commendable. Regarding SMG, he was no specialist ODI player (Av 35, Strike Rate 62 from 102 innings). So may be he should tone down his comments when it comes to ODIs.

  • Guru5 on November 30, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    It is unfair to blame Ashwin, nor am i saying he is a great runner like Dhoni. Here are my reasons: 1. In contrasting yes-No calls (often because of poor communitication b/w batsmen), 'No' gets precedence and trust me Rohit isn't a great judge of running. 2. 57 runs required of 19 OVERS - a risky second run is totally not required. 3. It was the 5th ball in that over, common sense dictates that Rohit would want to take the strike in the next over. 4. I think Ashwin should've stood up for himself and stayed at the crease. Then sacrifice the wicket to Mr.arrogant Rohit Sharma who is the 'better' batsman. Ashwin was generous to give away his wicket to Rohit who was adamant about the second run. I'd think Rohit should be asked why he wasnt understanding the situation and his partner's running abilities. 5. Cut some slack to this young bowler in the indian team. How often in the past have we not seen the running circus acts from Nehra, Munaf, Raju, Shastri, Ganguly and the list goes on.

  • on November 30, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Ashwin will be run out again next match, running the second which would not be there. I am glad most of the cricketers do not read media discussions.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 30, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    Ashwin is a bowler and if he's taking wickets with a good strike and economy rate so what if he gets run out. I think everyone who has commented on Ashwin's batting should be asking why do we have rely on him to get runs when there's Sehwag, Gambhir, Rohit, Raina, Jadeja. Are you suggesting that if these batters can't get then it's upto Ashwin? IMO instead of blaming the players you should be thanking them for the entertainment that all 22 gave us today.

  • NumberXI on November 30, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    Amused at Ganesh Narayanan's jibes at Sunil Gavaskar. Assuming he did watch the great man play, he must remember that Gavaskar was known to be a sensible runner between wickets. Three tests, one ton, CSK and a surfeit of ODIs does not a Gavaskar make - but you knew that already, didn't you? Ashwin has promise - but he clearly got his running between wickets wrong in two matches in a row. He would do well to learn from it, and hopefully not insist on having a go at SMG instead.

  • Vnott on November 30, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    Commentators - saying Rohit was going to the danger end - it was his call. As if the fielder has to throw only to the closer end. The rule of calling simply is- the partner responds or nods - you do not keep running. Ashwin only sacrificed his wicket for Rohit. Nothing else. It was actually Rohit who had a brain freeze. Running inspite of his partner saying no. There were no need for sharp runs at that stage. Sensible batting would have meant India won comfortably. But we had to make it dramatic.

  • TRAM on November 29, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Ashwin is non-athletic for sure. And so are people like Vettori, Inzamam, etc who made great contributions. Of course not to mention Indian spin trio Bedi/Prasanna/Chandra. And btw, shall we talk about the fielding of some other players like Gambhir, Sehwag, Harbajan, Nehra, Zaheer, etc? It is Indian cricket's fate that we have to listen to "great fielders & runners" such as Shastri & Gavaskar !! RGSharma ranout his partners so many times in the last many years and these two commentators would not say a word. Just check the records.

  • on November 29, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    @maninthewoods, you looks like ever seen the Previous India tour of England at LORDS how Gavaskar Lambasted Zaheer and Selectors when the latest got injured. Though I'm a North Indian but a have a good respect for the Legend, me and guys like you are not capable to criticized someone legend like Mr. Gavaskar. Yes Mr. Aswin is the culprit for Drawing the Mumbai test and almost loosing this ODI is well. Looks like Aswin has believes that he has done enough for the Country so that no no touches him but the Truth is just a bad match away.

  • nelrod03 on November 29, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Yes, Ashwin has done a "Allan Donald" ! seems to have come from Alan Donald school of running...both leadfooted...in 1999 semi-final SA lost due Donald's freezefeet & now we have Ashwin doing an encore ! and too twice.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 29, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Guys, it wasn't a risky second. It was a regulation second that Ashwin goofed up bigtime. Yes, Gavaskar was an atrocious runner, athlete etc etc - but that's out of context. Here the point of contention is Ashwin and his ridiculous basic mistake - IT WASN'T HIS CALL. PERIOD! It's not even about how fast or slow he and Gavaskar are. Ashwin just had no business to make that call. End of story.

  • on November 29, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    If Ashwin bowled like other bowlers i.e. at 4/over instead of 3/over, we would need 10 more runs. So he contributed to his strength which is bowling. On the other hand, Parthiv, Virender, Gambhir, Virat and Suresh threw away their wickets and so it is Ashwin's responsibility to bat and win matches???? Since when did we start considering him an all-rounder in his second international series?

  • on November 29, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Its too soon to judge about his running... just looking at two run outs in two matches?? It could be an area of concern if it repeats frequently.. Lets appreciate his contributions that changed the course of the matches..

  • zico123 on November 29, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    what is so big fuss about sehwag hitting first ball for four!! he justifies his talent in Test matches, but wasted his talent in ODIs always by throwing away his wicket after quick 20s or 30s, what a waste of talent, he should stop trying to hit every ball, but rather should respect good balls and punish bad balls, its time he gets steady if he wants to improve his average (33) and no. of hundreds (12), for his talent his average should have been close to 40 and no. of hundreds atleast 20.

  • Nampally on November 29, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    @Shrastogi I agree with your summing up of Ashwin. Ashwin said "No" to second run as soon as he grounded the bat in the crease + signalled with his hand, but Rohit charged back at full speed ignoring Ashwin. So blaming Ashwin is bit rich. In fact Ashwin moved out & sacrificed his own wkt. as soon as he saw that Rohit was going to make it. Most people commenting here must be thinking it is funny that Ashwin was run out twice in a row.As happened in both the innings of the Mumbai test, the top batsmen failed miserably here too. So this time it was Rohit that was leading the rearguard action ably supported by Jadeja & Vinay.Ashwin was also in a short partnership before he got run out. The commitment of Parthiv, Gambhir, Kohli & Raina - the top order batsmen, needs serious review. Their cavaliar T-20 attitude plumetted India to 60 for 5 before the lower order came to resue. If top bats cannot score at least 30 runs each, they should be replaced from those in a huge waiting list - OK?

  • pappadu on November 29, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Guys! Do keep in mind that it's never a good idea to push a bowler beyond his comfort zone when it comes to running between the wickets. they can always pull a muscle and end up sitting out. the last thing you want happening in a series.

  • Moody_Blue on November 29, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    While agreeing that Ashwin's running btwn the wkts needs to be improved, I don't think it's fair to criticise him for today's run out. The reqd run rate was low enough at that time, and not losing wkts was important. Ashwin is an able batsman and others to follow him are not. I would say it's Rohit's responsibility to realize that (& Ashwin's lack of running skills) and not make a dash for that 2nd run..... Perhaps, Rohit didn't hear Ashwin's call due to the crowd noise.. In any case, Ashwin will learn from this and the other one and become better. He seems like a smart kid. It's the play of the top order batsman I would have beef with..

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    @Ganesh Narayanan: Just because Gavaskar was not athletic does not disqualify him from commenting on the obvious. It's called FREE SPEECH buddy. Either agree or disagree.

  • BMayuresh on November 29, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    I think the media is right in accusing Ashwin. Even Dravid was accused of poor running and so many more things.... Ashwin can draw inspiration from him and keep correcting his game.

  • baskar_guha on November 29, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Schoolboy mistakes by Ashwin that he should fix post haste.

  • m_ilind on November 29, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Ashwin seems to have a fear of taking risky runs. He should just run 'bindaas' as they say in Mumbai.

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Ashwin runs and fields like Laxman, he hasnt got a clue. If he runs like this in the ODIs he is likely to run out Dhoni of Raina in an important match, still worse he could run out Tendulkar on 99.

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Gavaskar has to be reminded how agile and athletic he was in his playing days. Out of all, he doesnt have a single ounce of right to say ashwin is lazy. When you have 5 days to play, and so much time in second innings, there seem to be no hurry from our batsman. That was the basic reason why third test ended in a draw

  • maninthewoods on November 29, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Guys..C'mon.. If you guys criticize about Ashwin, then why not criticize Parthiv Patel... What has he done in the past 9-10 matches for India... He just comes in and strikes two boundaries and gets out... Isn't that irresponsible... Being an opening batsman, he has to have some patience.. so, commentators like Gavaskar should please keep quiet on South Indian players... He doesn't have the guts to talk about Parthiv or Raina or some other North Indian...

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Looks like Ashwin is going to break Inzamamm's run-out record!!

  • JerryJose on November 29, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    @shrastogi: Cant agree with you more! As you have rightly said, it is not Ashwin's duty to win the matches with his running. I am surprised that none here chosen to comment on the failure of the top order or rather specifically Parthiv who had a brain-freeze

  • Cha_cha_Chaudhary on November 29, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Can someone remind me what are we blaming Ashwin for again? So the number 9 batsman gets about double the runs than three of the top seven batsmen put together,, and then gets run out by another one of them!

  • shrastogi on November 29, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    I think media is too harsh on Ashwin's running between the wickets as far as test at Mumbai was concerned. There was no second run there. If the throw had been wild he perhaps would have made it. To blame him for not winning the test is ridiculous and it has come from most celebrated commentator in India - Gavaskar who said it is second time in the same manner Ashwin has run out which is not the case.. Ashwin is not suppose to win you matches on his running. He has done enough with bat and ball to be criticised. Mr Gavaskar never criticises Mumbai players but his tone towards Ashwin was too harsh. Rohit Sharma was not watching Aswin that he was not looking ta him and was watching the ball. Though Ashwin is at fault for not looking at Rohit, it is Rohit also who should have been more careful. There were too mmany overs left and second close run was unwarranted.

  • khiladisher on November 29, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    ASHWIN AND RUN-OUTS THE SAGA CONTINUES-HE JUST DOES NOT WANT TO RUN THE 2ND RUN- A VERY GOOD BOWLER-A GOOD BATSMAN ,AND A OKAY FIELDER BUT A VERY ATROCIOUS RUNNER BETWEEN THE WICKETS.HOPE HE IMPROVES IN THE FUTURE.

  • jaggi.jagan on November 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Ahswin is a good talent. But it is sad to see him run like the Indian cricketers of the 70's & 80's run. He probably has to start clocking his running between wickets and improve his speed. For someone who seem to have such good cricketing intelligence, today's run out seemed insane. He has the bowling to play all 3 formats of the game. Running a yard or two quicker will keep him in good stead for a long time.

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  • jaggi.jagan on November 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Ahswin is a good talent. But it is sad to see him run like the Indian cricketers of the 70's & 80's run. He probably has to start clocking his running between wickets and improve his speed. For someone who seem to have such good cricketing intelligence, today's run out seemed insane. He has the bowling to play all 3 formats of the game. Running a yard or two quicker will keep him in good stead for a long time.

  • khiladisher on November 29, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    ASHWIN AND RUN-OUTS THE SAGA CONTINUES-HE JUST DOES NOT WANT TO RUN THE 2ND RUN- A VERY GOOD BOWLER-A GOOD BATSMAN ,AND A OKAY FIELDER BUT A VERY ATROCIOUS RUNNER BETWEEN THE WICKETS.HOPE HE IMPROVES IN THE FUTURE.

  • shrastogi on November 29, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    I think media is too harsh on Ashwin's running between the wickets as far as test at Mumbai was concerned. There was no second run there. If the throw had been wild he perhaps would have made it. To blame him for not winning the test is ridiculous and it has come from most celebrated commentator in India - Gavaskar who said it is second time in the same manner Ashwin has run out which is not the case.. Ashwin is not suppose to win you matches on his running. He has done enough with bat and ball to be criticised. Mr Gavaskar never criticises Mumbai players but his tone towards Ashwin was too harsh. Rohit Sharma was not watching Aswin that he was not looking ta him and was watching the ball. Though Ashwin is at fault for not looking at Rohit, it is Rohit also who should have been more careful. There were too mmany overs left and second close run was unwarranted.

  • Cha_cha_Chaudhary on November 29, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Can someone remind me what are we blaming Ashwin for again? So the number 9 batsman gets about double the runs than three of the top seven batsmen put together,, and then gets run out by another one of them!

  • JerryJose on November 29, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    @shrastogi: Cant agree with you more! As you have rightly said, it is not Ashwin's duty to win the matches with his running. I am surprised that none here chosen to comment on the failure of the top order or rather specifically Parthiv who had a brain-freeze

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Looks like Ashwin is going to break Inzamamm's run-out record!!

  • maninthewoods on November 29, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Guys..C'mon.. If you guys criticize about Ashwin, then why not criticize Parthiv Patel... What has he done in the past 9-10 matches for India... He just comes in and strikes two boundaries and gets out... Isn't that irresponsible... Being an opening batsman, he has to have some patience.. so, commentators like Gavaskar should please keep quiet on South Indian players... He doesn't have the guts to talk about Parthiv or Raina or some other North Indian...

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Gavaskar has to be reminded how agile and athletic he was in his playing days. Out of all, he doesnt have a single ounce of right to say ashwin is lazy. When you have 5 days to play, and so much time in second innings, there seem to be no hurry from our batsman. That was the basic reason why third test ended in a draw

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Ashwin runs and fields like Laxman, he hasnt got a clue. If he runs like this in the ODIs he is likely to run out Dhoni of Raina in an important match, still worse he could run out Tendulkar on 99.

  • m_ilind on November 29, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Ashwin seems to have a fear of taking risky runs. He should just run 'bindaas' as they say in Mumbai.