A day after Delhi Capitals’ opened their campaign in IPL 2020, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting had said he had told off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin not to Mankad anyone. And it looks like the India ace is paying heed to his head coach’s instructions as he decided against Mankading Aaron Finch during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.
The mode of dismissal, which is well within the laws of the game but is widely considered against the spirit of the game, became the talk of the town even before IPL 2020 started thanks to Ponting’s comments. The Australian legend had said that he will be having a conversation with Ravichandran Ashwin about the dismissal.
The off-spinner had faced the heat in last IPL after Mankading Jos Buttler and Ponting made it clear that he did not want the spinner to do the same while playing for Delhi Capitals.
“I’ll be having a chat with him about (mankad), that’s the first thing I’ll do,” Ponting had said on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.
“That’s going to be a conversation and that’s going to be a hard conversation I will have to have with him, but I’m pretty sure he’ll take it on the chin. I think, even him, looking back now, probably he’d say it was within the rules and he’s right to do it, but this is not within the spirit of the game, not in the way I want, at least with the Delhi Capitals anyway,” he had added.
The Ponting effect:
On Monday, Ravichandran Ashwin had the chance to Mankad another batsman but he decided against it as he left Aaron Finch with a warning. The incident took place before the fourth delivery of the third over of RCB’s innings. Just before bowling the delivery, Ravichandran Ashwin pulled out of his run-up as he saw Finch well out of the crease.
The spinner had the chance to take the bails off but he decided against it and returned to his bowling mark after warning Finch. The cameras soon showed Ponting in the dugout who could not help but give a wry smile.
Here is a clip of the incident: