Ravichandran Ashwin and the act of mankading had been the hot topic of discussion over the last few years. It all started when he affected such a dismissal in the last IPL to dismiss the then in-form RR batsman Jos Buttler. Right from there on it had been creating headlines quite often than not. And when everyone thought that topic has taken a rest, here comes Ashwin with another attempt at the same. This time it happened in the game between DC and RCB, and the man under the scanner was the RCB opener, Aaron Finch. This time though, Ashwin didn’t affect such dismissal and left the matter by just giving a warning to the non-striker.
Chasing a mammoth target of 197 set by the Delhi Capitals batsmen, the RCB went with their traditional left-right opening pair of Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch. Both of them got off to a scratchy start, and it was the Australian captain Aaron Finch who looked the most-scratchy out of those two. He gave out 3 chances to the opposition fielders for a possible caught out dismissal, but none of those were taken. He, who carried on with his innings was met with another interesting incident in the 3rd over off the match, where DC spinner Ravi Ashwin tried to Mankad him. Ashwin unlike his usual self didn’t affect the dismissal but decided to warn the Australian captain not to leave the crease until the ball is bowled. Finch was way ahead of his crease, and the fact that Ashwin didn’t Mankad him surprised everyone.
Right after the match, Ashwin took to his twitter handle to make the clarification. He stated that it was the first and last warning for 2020.
This act from Ashwin came in as a surprise for all of his fans and especially to those people who supported the Mankad incident when it happened in 2019. Ashwin too was very vocal about the incident on social media and he himself on various occasions has clarified that it is in the rule books and there is absolutely no problem in affecting such dismissal.
But his DC coach and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting just before the start of the tournament opined that he was not in favour of such mode of dismissal as he thought it was not in the right spirit of the game. He also stated that he won’t allow Ashwin to affect such mode off dismissal while playing for DC and added that they both would talk on that matter and will reach a suitable solution. Now, by the looks of it, it seems like Ricky has convinced Ashwin to stay away from Mankading, even if the situation demands so.
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