Ravi Ashwin was the focus of attention on Day 3 of the 1st Test between India and New Zealand
in Kanpur as he was involved in an fierce argument with on-field umpire Nitin Menon.
Ravi Ashwin embraced a new bowling run-up as he ran across the umpire in his follow-through in the
morning session of Day 3 on Saturday at Green Park.
Nitin Menon, one of the esteemed umpires going around, had an issue with the follow-through as he
seemingly felt that Ashwin’s follow-through blocked his view.
Menon interrupted Ashwin’s spell multiple times and had a chat with the senior off-spinner.
However, Ashwin remained firm and kept bowling with the same follow-through wherein he ran across the umpire’s line of sight.
Not amused by Ashwin’s tactics, umpire Nitin Menon had a chat with stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane but
nothing could stop the off-spinner from doing what he was doing.
While Ravi Ashwin did not entered the danger area with his new follow-through, he was distracting the umpire’s sight.
However, Ashwin argued that he was well within the regulations by doing so.
NO MERIT IN DISTRACTING THE UMPIRE: AAKASH CHOPRA
Former India opener Aakash Chopra took to social media to share his views on R Ashwin’s follow-through,
saying it could have affected Menon’s on-field decisions.
The well-known umpire was having a tough Test as several of his decisions were being overturned.
“There’s no merit in distracting the umpire. Yes, you have the DRS.
But the impact of an ‘umpire’s call’ must never be taken lightly,” Chopra said.
Notably, India displayed a lot of determination in the morning session on a flat pitch as R Ashwin got
the first breakthrough, dismissing opener Will Young for 89.