Ravichandran Ashwin, who stirred controversy in IPL 2019 by dismissing Rajasthan Royals’ batsman Jos Buttler by ‘Mankading’ him, had a chance to repeat the incident in IPL 2020, but the spinner didn’t.
During the IPL 2020 match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Ashwin had the chance to ‘Mankad’ non-striker Aaron Finch during the third over of Bangalore’s innings in Dubai. However, the DC spinner let go of the opportunity and left the Aussie with just a warning.
In the dugout, DC coach Ricky Ponting, who found himself at odds with Ashwin on the contentious issue of Mankading in the run-up to the tournament, also smiled.
Here’s the video of the incident:
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Ashwin, bowling to Devdutt Padikkal, stopped whilst his action to catch Finch well outside the crease. He had all the time in the world to run out the RCB opener, but he only left him with a warning.
Interestingly, ahead of IPL 2020, Ponting had made it clear that he will not allow senior India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to employ the controversial ‘Mankading’ dismissal during the season because “it’s not within the spirit of the game”.
Last IPL season, Buttler was run out on 69 while backing up at the non-striker’s end, with Ashwin, then captaining Kings XI Punjab, choosing to whip off the bails as the batsman stepped out of the crease before the ball was being bowled.
Ashwin, who is playing for Delhi Capitals this, had defended his act, saying it was within the rules of the game.
But batting legend Ponting feels the controversial mode of dismissal was against the spirit of the game and it will not be used by his team in the IPL.
“I’ll be having a chat with him about (Mankading), that’s the first thing I’ll do. That is going to be a hard conversation I will have with him. I think, even him, looking back now, probably he’d say it was within the rules and he’s right to do it.
“But this is not within the spirit of the game, not in the way I want, at least with the Delhi Capitals anyway,” Ponting said ahead of the tournament.