Gambhir questions Warner’s sporting spirit after he hit Hafeez’s ball which bounced twice for six; Ashwin responds

The post seemed to be a dig against the Australians who had opposed Ashwin for his take on several aspects of the game including the run-out at the non-striker's end when the batter is backing up even before the ball is bowled.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 12 November 2021 1:34 pm

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has reignited the spirit of the game debate with a rather sarcastic comment, asking R Ashwin for his take. Gambhir took note of an incident during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup semifinal between Pakistan and Australia. In a rare incident when the ball had slipped out of bowler Mohammad Hafeez's hands, it bounced twice before reaching the batter. However, Warner came down the track and smashed the ball for a huge six.

Sharing a couple of pictures from the instance, Gambhir said that it was absolutely pathetic by Warner to hit it out of the park when the ball had clearly slipped out of the bowler's hands. The post seemed to be a dig against the Australians who had opposed Ashwin for his take on several aspects of the game including the run-out at the non-striker's end when the batter is backing up even before the ball is bowled.

"What an absolutely pathetic display of spirit of the game by Warner! #Shameful What say @ashwinravi99?," he tweeted.

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Later Ashwin clarified Gambhir's stance in the comment section of this post. "His point is that if this is right, that was right. If that was wrong, this is wrong too. Fair assessment? @plalor," he wrote in response to a comment which said that it was a bad take from the cricketer turned politician Gambhir.

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While it is a matter of debate, for now, Australia have secured a place in the T20 World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday, November 14. Although Pakistan had scored a competitive 176/4 and Australia were in a spot of bother in the run chase, Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis finished off the match for the Kangaroos and eventually helped them to a 5-wicket win with an over to spare.

Both Australia and New Zealand have never won the T20 World Cup before. Although, Australia are the most successful side in ODI World Cup history, they have not won a single T20 World Cup title. For New Zealand, this will be their first World Cup win ever - T20I or ODIs - if they manage to beat Australia after coming tantalizingly close to a win in the 2019 ODI World Cup final but falling short, courtesy of a mere arbitrary boundary-count rule.