Shreyas Iyer is not in favor of eliminating the non-striker for the safeguard.
Ravichandran Ashwin and the elimination of non-strikers has now become one of the most discussed topics in cricket. It all started in Ashwin’s time with the Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) team when he was the team captain. In one of the matches against the Rajasthan Royals, Jos Buttler had missed him, who was retreating, which sparked much debate on the subject.
When Ashwin finally switched sides to join the Delhi Capitals, his head coach Ricky Ponting was not in favor of trying to do something similar under his leadership. In a final interaction, Shreyas Iyer, who was the captain of the Delhi franchise when Ashwin arrived at the camp, has revealed how he and Ponting convinced the spinner not to repeat what he did when he was with the Punjab.
Shreyas Iyer is not in favor of eliminating the non-striker for safeguard
In a conversation with the Grade Cricketer YouTube channel, interviewers Ian Higgins and Sam Perry asked Iyer how he and Ponting mediate Ashwin regarding their difference of opinion with Ashwin. “Ricky and I were really adamant that we weren’t going to do this (miss the non-striker). Ashwin had to accept everything we said, ”Iyer revealed.
The Indian drummer further said that after some deliberation from the coach and himself, the senior professional has finally agreed not to run out of backup, but with a few terms and conditions. “Ashwin finally said, ‘I’m going to stick with whatever you say, until and unless the batter does something very weird,” “Iyer added.
This particular incident had seen the light of the media when Ponting admitted that he wouldn’t want any of his players to lose a batter on the non-attacking side. Ashwin, who has often been known as an opinionated man, had reservations with Ponting’s theory. That being said, the pitcher hasn’t attempted to run out of a batter since joining Delhi capitals, but openly supported the idea of using this form of dismissal.