Indian off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin has come up with an equivalent of a free hit for bowlers concerning the Mankad form of dismissal. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is only a few days away and the Mankad dismissal, which Ravichandran Ashwin effected last year, the debate around it has resurfaced. The off-spinner took to his official Twitter account and came up with a suggestion.
Ravichandran Ashwin was part of Kings XI Punjab last year and dismissed Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler by eroding the stumps when the batsman was out of the crease at the non-striker’s end.
While the dismissal is well within the laws of the game, many were in support of it, but several were against it too. Delhi Capitals’ coach Ricky Ponting went to the extent of prohibiting Ashwin from using it in the upcoming edition.
Ravichandran Ashwin tweeted in his official Twitter handle that a free ball must be given if the batsman departs from the crease before a bowler bowls the delivery.
The 33-year-old continued that the officials should also deduct five runs from the batting team, implicating that rules must also favour the batsmen. Indian keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik expressed his opinions on the topic and asked Ashwin to dish out his views.
Below is Ravichandran Ashwin’s tweet:
Make it a free ball for the bowler. If the batsmen gets out of that ball, the batting team will be docked 5 runs. Free hit adds to the drama for a batter, let’s give a chance to the bowlers too. As of now everyone watches the game hoping that ‘the bowlers will get smacked today’ https://t.co/BxX8IsMgvF
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) August 24, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 13th edition of the cash-rich league had to be shifted to the UAE. Ashwin, who captained Kings XI Punjab for the last two years, will ply his trade for the Delhi Capitals moving forward.