The debate of Mankading is back once again in IPL 2020 and thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin once more. Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ashwin refrained himself from mankading Aaron Finch during their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a mammoth total of 197 runs set by Delhi, Bangalore would have hoped for a solid start to set the base for the run chase. In-form Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch initially struggled to get going and also survived after Shikhar Dhawan failed to grab one in the slip cordon.
Ravichandran Ashwin refrains himself from Mankading Aaron Finch
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin once sparked the Mankading debate. But this time he didn’t runout; instead gave a warning to Aaron Finch, who was at the non-striker end. The incident took place in the 3rd over of Royal Challengers Bangalore innings. He was in his bowling stride when Finch left the crease.
Ravichandran Ashwin was quick to spot Aaron Finch and pulled out of the delivery to warn Finch and give an opportunity. He was about to Mankad him, but head coach Ricky Ponting wouldn’t like it, hence Ashwin avoided it.
Watch the video here:
— Cricsphere (@Cricsphere) October 5, 2020
Meanwhile, a lot of talking has been done leading to IPL 2020. Ricky Ponting had stated that he will talk to Ravichandran Ashwin and ask him to not Mankad during his stay in IPL 2020.
Incidentally, the veteran off-spinner divided the cricket fraternity when he Mankaded Jos Buttler in IPL 2019. While a section of the community criticised him, evoking the Spirit of Cricket debate, Ashwin maintained Mankading is within the laws of the game.
However, after an open discussion with Ravichandran Ashwin, Ricky Ponting had stated that both of them are on the same page. Ponting still maintained he would still expect Ashwin to warn the batsmen first if they are leaving their crease before the ball being delivered. And the cricketer seems to have listened to his coach as he warned Aaron Finch.