Ravichandran Ashwin did not repeat ‘Mankading’ as he decides against to dismiss RCB’s, Aaron Finch. He had dismissed Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals when he was playing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in last season. This time in IPL 2020, he is playing for Delhi Capitals.
While bowling, Ravichandran Ashwin saw Aaron Finch leaving the non-striker’s end before the ball being bowled. But instead of repeating the ‘Mankad’ dismissal of 2019, he let Aaron Finch off with a warning which according to him was the first and final warning.
Ravichandran Ashwin Did Not Repeat ‘Mankading’ Against Aaron Finch
Ravichandran Ashwin made an impressive comeback from injury for Delhi Capitals. The 34-year-old spinner got injured in DC’s first match against KXIP and missed the next games against CSK and SRH but played against KKR. He returned to face Royal Challengers Bangalore after KKR match at the Dubai International Stadium and took one wicket for 26 runs as DC showed their authority over RCB with a 59-run win in the Indian Premier League.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s return also saw the return of the ‘Mankad’ controversy. While bowling, he saw RCB opener, Aaron Finch, leaving the non-striker’s end before the ball being bowled. But instead of repeating the ‘Mankad’ dismissal which he effected in 2019, he let Aaron Finch off with a warning. But it wasn’t just a normal warning as Ravichandran Ashwin said on Twitter it is the first and final warning of 2020 regarding the dismissal.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Bench Strength Is Good Enough To Be Another IPL Team
After the match, Ravichandran Ashwin talked about DC’s bench strength. He commented that DC’s bench is good enough to form another IPL team.
“That’s one of the beauty of this particular Delhi side, even when my shoulder dislocated, Amit came in and played the role, now he is injured so Axar has come in and played the role.
“There is enough strength on our bench and sometimes when it comes to the IPL, the people coming out of that bench become very important, that bench is probably good enough to be another IPL team, it has got a lot of quality, I think Amit will be dearly missed, moving forward we will try to keep him happy at home,” Ravichandran Ashwin said during the post-match press conference.
Ravichandran Ashwin also praised spinner all-rounder Man of the Match Axar Patel, who returned with figures of 2-18 in his four overs.
“Sometimes we tend to blow-up images and stats in T20 cricket, sometimes I feel it is a bit over-rated in a game like T20 because it is somewhat like football where people are playing their roles and one such person is Axar, he always goes under the radar, he builds the pressure up for someone else to capitalize and take the wicket.
“These are the heroes that are appreciated inside the dressing room for us at Delhi Capitals and Ricky Ponting is very particular about that. When you get appreciated, people want to stick to their roles,” he concluded.
Amit Mishra, who took Ravichandran Ashwin’s place in a match against CSK and SRH played alongside Ravichandran Ashwin in a match against KKR was injured after bowling two overs and was ruled out of the remainder of IPL.