- Feb 25, 2024
- Jul 18, 2022
Seasoned off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin has emphasized that a batter should be given out leg-before wicket if he/she misses the shot while playing a reverse sweep. According to the current rules, a batter cannot be given out LBW if the ball pitches outside the leg stump, even if it is hitting him or her on the pads in line with the stumps.
The veteran spinner harped on the point by giving an example of the recently concluded rescheduled fifth Test between England and India, which was won by the home team. Ashwin pointed out that England’s batter Joe Root tried to play the reverse sweep many times but he kept missing the ball.“In this game, it was about the approach that Joe Root and Bairstow took.
Once the reverse sweep is played, it has no more room to be a blind spot: Ravi Ashwin
The Term ‘Blind spot’ is used when a ball pitches outside the line of the leg stump and is not visible to a batter while standing in his original stance. The Indian spinner emphasized the fact that it did not remain a blind spot when Root switched from his original stance and stood like a left-handed batter while playing his reverse sweeps.
“This is where I have a small difference of opinion. As a bowler, I am informing you that I am bowling left-arm spin from over the stumps and I have this (leg side) field. You front up to that as a right-hander, but you play that reverse sweep and hit like a left-hander. But when Root does that, he won’t be out lbw because of the blind spot. It’s only a blind spot when you are at your normal stance. Once you play the reverse sweep and have a left-handed stance, it’s no longer a blind spot. It’s front on,” said Ashwin.
“My question is not whether he can play reverse sweep or not, whether it’s negative bowling strategy or not (bowling outside leg stump), my point is about lbw. It’s unfair that it’s not ruled lbw. Let batters play the switch hit, but give us LBW when they miss. How can you say it is not LBW when the batter turns? If they start giving that out in all formats of the game, some parity could be retained between bowling and batting,” he added.