R Ashwin raised questions on the relevance of one-day cricket, said – will have to return to the old rule

Mumbai. India’s veteran off-spinner R Ashwin believes that ODI cricket will have to find its relevance as it is becoming an expanding format of T20 cricket without its ups and downs. Bilateral ODIs are losing relevance across the world and many legends, including former India head coach Ravi Shastri, feel that there should be more of a franchise-based T20 league rather than such a series. Team India is playing ODI series against England these days. They lead 1-0 in the 3-match series. The second match is to be played tomorrow at Lord’s. Although Ashwin is not in the team.

R Ashwin said in the Wani and Tuffers Cricket Club podcast, ‘It is a matter of relevance and I think ODI cricket has to find its relevance. He has to make his place. He said that the biggest beauty of ODI cricket was that there are no ups and downs in it. Bowlers also have a role to play in this format. Nowadays, two new balls are taken in an ODI innings, but Ashwin believes that one should return to the old format, in which only one ball was used.

Questions raised on switch hit too

He said that the match was level with the use of one ball. Reverse swing was also available, which is essential for the game. Apart from this, he talked about another rule change on his YouTube channel. He said that the batsman has the freedom to play the switch hit. But if he misses the ball, he should be given lbw. He gave the example of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and said that he played 10 such shots in an innings, out of which he could not succeed 9 times. In such a situation, the bowler had a chance to get him out 9 times.

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Earlier, Ashwin had also raised questions on Mankading and had run out Jos Buttler during the IPL. After this it was said against the spirit of the game and Ashwin was also criticized. Later, the ICC in a decision had removed the word wrong sportsmanship, saying Mankading to be correct.

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