Ravichandran Ashwin has fired a warning to all the players after deciding against Mankading Aaron Finch during the clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on Monday.
While bowling the third over of the Royal Challengers innings, the off-spinner stopped short of delivering the fourth delivery and went through his action without letting go of the ball with Finch well out the crease. But to everyone’s surprise, the India ace, who has been very vocal in warning players about not leaving their crease early, decided against Mankading the Australia star and left him with a warning.
Ravichandran Ashwin had faced widespread criticism for Mankading Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler in the last IPL. The mode of dismissal is well within the rules of the game but is widely considered against the spirit of the game. But while the right-arm spinner let Finch off the hook with a warning, he is in no mood to do it again.
A couple of hours after the game ended, Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to make it clear that he won’t players anymore after they leave the crease before the ball is bowled, writing:
“Let’s make it clear !! First and final warning for 2020. I am making it official and don’t blame me later on. @RickyPonting #runout #nonstriker @AaronFinch5 and I are good buddies btw.”
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) October 5, 2020
The spinner’s decision seems to have been influenced by his chat with Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting. Before the start of the tournament, Ponting had said that none of the Delhi players would Mankad and that he would have a chat with the off-spinner.
Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, thrashed RCB by 59 runs to move to the top of the points table. After scoring 196 for 4 in the allotted 20 overs, the Delhi-based outfit restricted RCB to 137 for 9.
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