Ashwin’s decision not to Mankad helped raise quite a few eyebrows as he has maintained his stand despite facing criticism for Mankading Jos Buttler while he was captain Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020.
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting earlier says he won’t allow Ashwin to use ‘Mankading’ dismissal.
“He (Ashwin) made me get on a podcast with him when I first arrived here to have a good open chat about it. I think we’re both on the same page. He feels he did everything in the rules and laws of the game and he’s absolutely right.
“He’s saying, ‘What if it’s the last ball of the IPL, what if I’m bowling and the batting teams need two runs to win and the non-striker is charging halfway down the wicket? What do you expect me to do’?”
Ponting had agreed with Ashwin that a batsman is cheating if he tries to take undue advantage by backing up too much before the ball is delivered. However, the Delhi Capitals coach said he would want Ashwin to warn a batsman before Mankading which the off-spinner exactly did on Monday.
Notably, Ricky Ponting sported a smile as he was captured on camera after Ashwin gave Finch the warning in Dubai.
Ashwin O Ashwin 😉😉😉
— Times of Sports (@timesofsports) October 5, 2020
Later Ashwin took Twitter and made it clear about his final warning to all the players. “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 #IPL2020”.
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) October 5, 2020