Spirit of cricket gets shown up by incentives


In an IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the debate over the friction between the ‘spirit of cricket’ and the laws of the game was foregrounded.

R Ashwin of Delhi Capitals did not run out the non striker Aaron Finch even though the latter had strayed outside the crease as the bowler was in the process of delivering the ball. Ashwin would have been justified in running out Finch. However, he refrained and let off the batsman with a warning. In a similar situation last year, Ashwin ran out a batsman and invited the wrath of cricket romantics who felt he violated the ‘spirit of the game’.

The laws of the game are clear. Bowlers can run out batsmen in such situations. There is a reason for it. If batsmen are allowed to get away by breaking this rule, they reduce the distance they have to cover between wickets while taking a run. This literally allows them to steal a single.

The visual image of Finch almost a yard or two outside the crease was an example of the incentives batsmen have to steal a single if cricket romantics misguidedly believe the laws of the game should be applied selectively.

Incentives matter. Even in a gentleman’s game.

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  • March 25, 2021 at 5:40 pm
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    Best view i have ever seen !

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