Ravi Ashwin said Ricky Ponting changed his tune on Mankading — albeit briefly — after the Indian star warned Australian batsman Aaron Finch to stay in his ground rather than run him out.
Ashwin — who is an advocate of Mankads when batsmen back up too far — spared Finch during their clash in the Indian Premier League earlier this week, but said that would be his first and final warning for the tournament.
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Ashwin caused huge controversy in last year’s IPL when he ran out England’s Jos Buttler with a Mankad, and said he would have no issue doing it again. However, Ponting is now the spinner’s coach at the Delhi Capitals and the former Australian captain said ahead of the tournament he is completely against Mankads, and would be making sure Ashwin knew that.
“I’ll be having a chat with him (Ashwin) about (Mankading), that’s the first thing I’ll do,” Ponting said on The Grade Cricketer podcast in August.
“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.”
But speaking on his YouTube channel this week, Ashwin revealed Ponting momentarily changed his mind because Finch was gaining such an unfair advantage.
“He (Ponting) said, ‘He (Finch) has gone too far. I’d have asked you to run him out’,” Ashwin said.
“A wrong is a wrong, Ponting said. He’s talking to the ICC committee about a penalty.
“He’s trying really hard to keep his promise.”
Ponting believes the batting side should cop a runs penalty for leaving their crease too early, which would eradicate the practice and also knock out the controversy that comes with Mankads.
Ashwin’s kindness towards Finch didn’t cost Delhi, who beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs in that match. Afterwards, Ashwin tagged Ponting in a tweet that said: “Let’s make it clear!! First and final warning for 2020. I am making it official and don’t blame me later on.”
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PONTING GETS ONE OVER WARNE
Delhi continued on its winning ways, defeating Rajasthan Royals overnight to stay on top of the ladder.
Ponting’s Capitals beat the Royals — who Shane Warne is a mentor for — by 46 runs as Steve Smith’s side suffered its fourth straight defeat.
Buttler took no chances backing up during Ashwin’s bowling this time around but still fell victim to the off-spinner. The Brit looked for a big hit in the third over but sent the ball to Shikhar Dhawan who made a diving catch at square leg.
With Buttler gone, Rajasthan gave away wickets easily and never looked capable of matching Delhi’s 8/184. The Royals were all out for 138 in 19.4 overs.
Smith, who won the toss and chose to bat second, made a tentative 24 before being caught by Delhi’s batting hero Shimron Hetmyer off Anrich Nortje’s bowling. Rahul Tweatia made 38 and opener Yashasvi Jaiswal 34 but no one else got into double figures.
Smith said Rajasthan must now “turn things around quickly” and face pressure to bring England star Ben Stokes straight into the team for the next game on Sunday.
Stokes is finishing his quarantine after arriving late to be with his ailing father in New Zealand.
The 23-year-old Hetmyer made 45 off 24 balls — including five sixes — as the Capitals strengthened their credentials as surprise contenders for the title.
They are now back ahead of reigning champions Mumbai Indians with five wins from six games. Rajasthan are stuck in seventh among the eight teams with just two wins.
West Indies big-hitter Hetmyer put on his most impressive performance of the tournament so far to keep up momentum after Australian Marcus Stoinis made 39, including four sixes, and captain Shreyas Iyer hit 22.
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