Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting stirred controversy when he called out Ravichandran Ashwin for Mankading act during IPL 2019. Calling it as against the spirit of the game, Ponting said he doesn’t want the same in Delhi. It triggered a debate among the fans; however, Ashwin has downplayed the comments.
Meanwhile, Ashwin had famously dismissed England’s Jos Buttler at the non-striker’s end in a game between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals which sparked a lot of debate. The Indian off-spinner is unapologetic about it and continues to advocate the legitimacy of the dismissal.
Ashwin reacts to Ponting’s comment
Ahead of another season, Ricky Ponting had stated that he doesn’t anything like that in his side as it against the spirit. Incidentally, Ravichandran Ashwin will feature for Delhi Capitals this year. Reacting to the same, Ashwin said he has had a phone call with Ponting over his comments.
“Ricky Ponting hasn’t yet reached (Dubai). After he comes, we will sit for a chat with him. He said he wants to have a conversation. We have already spoken over the phone. It was a very interesting chat,” Ashwin said in his the first episode of his new ‘Hello Dubaiahh?’ YouTube show.
Although Ravichandran Ashwin didn’t reveal the details on the conversation, he said sometimes Australians get misinterpreted. As a result, the jokes also turn into comments at times while translation. The cricketer from Tamil Nadu also promised to reveal more about it when he meets Ponting next week.
“What happens sometimes is Australians’ messages in English get lost in translation and reach us with a different meaning. Even some of their jokes become news. That’s what it is and next week I will reveal a bit more about my conversation with Ricky,” he added.
Meanwhile, the 13th edition of the IPL will commence from September 19 and will run until November 10. This will be the first time in the history that the grand finale will take place on a weekday. The cricketers will remain in a bio-secure bubble throughout the tournament keeping the COVID-19 in mind.