Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday once again came into limelight but this time not for ‘Mankading’ RCB opener batsman Aaron Finch leaving him with just a warning in the first over of his spell. Ashwin has always been very vocal against batsmen who tries to steal yards by walking out of the crease even before the ball is bowled. However after ‘Not Mankading’ Ashwin, the spinner took to twitter to make it clear that his move should serve as the “first and final warning for 2020” and nobody should blame him afterwards.
On a lighter noted, Ashwin also mentioned that despite of things happened in middle, he, Ricky Ponting & Finch are still “good friends”.
“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 tweeted.
Ashwin was the captain of KXIP last year created a controversy after ‘Mankading’ Rajasthan Royals Jos Buttler during an IPL match. Before the start of the game DC’s head coach Ricky Ponting had said that none of his players will be allowed to affect the controversial mode of dismissal saying it’s not within the spirit of the game.
After that Ashwin & Ponting had a discussion over the matter with both of them agreeing that batsmen stealing yards is “basically cheating”. So Ashwin’s move during Monday’s game can be seen as an outcome of the conversation he had with Ponting. With this move he has kept the word of his Coach & made his stand clear. As far as bowling is concerned, Ashwin bowled brilliantly & provided DC with their first breakthrough by dismissing RCB’s in form opener Devdutt Padikkal right on the first delivery of his first over. He returned with figures of 1/26 in four overs.