Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has recently been drawn to mankading batsmen due to some ading controversial ‘policies’.
The cricket union has become very polarized ever since he was run out by Jos Buttler at the non-striker’s end in last year’s IPL. Some believe that Ashwin’s actions bring a similarity to the batsman-dominated format. Meanwhile, others believe that Ash should offer at least one early warning to the batsman; Not doing so decided against the spirit of doing sports.
Honestly, the whole situation is a fair drama and mystery around itself. It gets more interesting, though: Ashwin is currently playing for the Ricky Ponting-coached IPL franchise, Delhi Capital (DC). In pre-season, Ponting had explicitly mentioned that he would not allow any of his teammates to join the ats mancading batsmen due to the moral ambiguity surrounding his dismissal.
In fact, the former Australian captain went on to say that he would hold talks with Ashwin about the matter. What they did; On the latter’s YouTube channel, both Ponting and Ash agreed that batsmen stopping the crease of non-strikers should be punished. Ponting also suggested imposing a run-penalty on the guilty teams.
Well, Ashwin and his DC coach have taken a U-turn on their previous assumptions! During the Group-Stage match of the Capital IPL 2020 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday; Ashwin had a tailor chance to send Aaron Finch back to the hut. But refuses and lets Finch land with a warning.
PONTING WANTED ME TO RUN-OUT FINCH; I LET IT SLIDE BECAUSE HE IS A GOOD FRIENDRavichandran Ashwin
However, Ponting was not in favor of leaving the hook so easily. During a post-match show on his YouTube channel, Ashwin revealed that Ponting would be preferred to send Finch back via the non-striker route.
“I tagged Ponting in the tweet. He said that he has gone down a lot, I myself want you to run him out. “He said that he is talking to the ICC committee about a run penalty.” He is trying his best to keep his promise. “
The Tamil Nadu all-rounder further said that Finch got a lucky comeback due to the superb cadre he returned to during his Kings XI Punjab days. Both represented KXIP in the 2018 season, and according to Ash, were good friends away from the field.
“I stopped and thought for a second whether to run out or not. While I was feeling, he was still staring at me and did not come to the crease. I don’t know why he was staring. But he has been a good friend since our KXIP days. He is a very good boy, very often we are sitting together in the evening and in the past. So, I let it slide as a final warning, “Ash concluded.