Ashwin’s decision to Mankad Jos Butler has reverted back to him in many ways. A social media post made a reference to Ashwin’s stand on the issue as Australia’s Mitchell Starc did not ‘Mankad’ England’s Adil Rashid during the 3rd One-day International in Manchester.
While you all may be wondering what is ‘Mankading’? So let me explain you what it is! Mankading is running a batsman out at the non-striker’s end within the laws of the game, many consider it as against the spirit of cricket.
A Twitter user by referring to Ashwin tweeted, “Please learn something @ashwinravi99. This is how you play the game”, and attached a screenshot from the ODI where Starc is seen warning Rashid to stay in his crease. Ashwin’s response was perfect he wrote, “I believe in fighting the good fight but wait till the day after and I will get back to you on this. I would like to give a day to myself,” he said.
This is not the first time that the issue of Mankind has popped up ahead of the IPL 2020. Earlier Ashwin’s Delhi Capitals Coach Ricky Ponting had said that he would not allow ‘Mankading’ in the team. Ashwin had responded saying he had an “interesting chat” with Ponting on the subject.
Ashwin turns 34 years old on Thursday & has decided to have the day for himself before getting back to the debate on the controversial topic.