"I can’t tell you what to do, Elon Musk, but…" – Ravichandran Ashwin reacts after a Pakistani journalist accused Afghanistan of intentionally losing to India.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday urged X (formerly Twitter) owner Elon Musk to find a solution after noticing a derogatory post on his timeline by a Pakistani journalist.

The journalist named Wajahat Kazmi, who claims to have worked with some of the world’s leading media companies, took to X to accuse Afghanistan of not realizing its full potential against India. His comments came after Afghanistan’s historic victory over Australia on Sunday in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Afghanistan shocked the cricket world by beating the reigning Test and ODI world champions by 21 runs. The victory is Afghanistan’s first over Australia in any format. Asked to bat first, the Rashid Khan-led team scored 148 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs thanks to half-centuries from their openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran.

In response, Australia were bowled out for just 127 runs and suffered their first defeat in the ongoing tournament. Glenn Maxwell scored fifty but it was not enough for Australia to cross the finish line. Apart from Maxwell, no other Australian player could even touch the 20-run mark, while only three players managed to reach double figures during the disastrous display.

Ravichandran Ashwin reacts to Pakistani journalist’s post:

Shortly after Afghanistan’s victory over Australia, the Pakistani journalist took to X to react to the surprise. He claimed that Afghanistan players intentionally underperform compared to India to save their IPL contracts.

“Afghanistan can beat any team in the world except India for obvious reasons. IPL contracts are very valuable,” the Pakistani national wrote.

Ravichandran Ashwin noticed the post and decided to react. The Indian star, who doesn’t mince his words, did not refute the individual’s baseless claim, but urged Elon Musk to ensure that such posts do not appear on his timeline. The star spinner said users should have the right to decide what they want to see on their timeline.

“I can’t tell you what to do @elonmusk but I certainly should have the right to decide who enters my house. My schedule is my decision🙏,” Ashwin wrote.

When one of Ashwin’s followers pointed out that he could have simply blocked the individual, the Tamil Nadu ace replied: “It shouldn’t be my duty to block a set of handles every day. I know who I want to follow.”