Ravichandran Ashwin while playing for Kings XI Punjab had dismissed non-striker Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals when he had left the batting crease before the ball was bowled. The incident which happened in 2019 was not repeated in 2020 when Ravichandran Ashwin while playing for Delhi Capitals warned Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Aaron Finch when he left the crease at non-striker’s end.
Ravichandran Ashwin was traded to Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 auctions and got injured after their first match against Kings XI Punjab. He returned against KKR and played against RCB as well where the incident happened.
Ravichandran Ashwin Tweets That Non-Striker Batsmen Should Repent For Not Backing Up Properly
The prominent off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin talked about the act of Mankading in the latest episode of his YouTube programme Hello Dubaiahh where he upheld his action. He maintained that backing up too far outside batting crease is wrong and even tweeted that it was his first and final warning in 2020.
“You cannot stop thefts till thieves repent. I cannot be police forever. I tagged (Ricky) Ponting in the tweet. He said he would have asked me to run him (Aaron Finch) out,” said Ashwin.
“When we played (DC vs RCB), one side of the ground was big. I knew someone would back up as scoring boundaries was not very easy. They had players who could convert (singles into) twos.
“So I knew it would happen and went into my jump while delivering the ball and a gold helmet (Finch) floated past. I stopped and thought, he was still outside the crease, just staring,” said Ashwin.
Delhi Capitals beat RCB by 59 runs after posting 196/4 as RCB could only manage 137/9. Delhi Capitals are second in the points table after Mumbai Indians both of whom are level with 8 points. Delhi though have played one match less than Mumbai Indians — and would look to win against Rajasthan Royals in the 23rd match at Sharjah on 9th October.
Ravichandran Ashwin Adds DC Coach Ricky Ponting Wants ICC To Impose Penalty
Ravichandran Ashwin added that Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting is in talks and pushing hard with the ICC committee about imposing a penalty for the act. Ravichandran Ashwin also suggested that 10 runs should be docked from the team as there should be stringent punishment for backing up outside the crease before the ball is bowled.
“Following the incident, Ashwin let out a warning on Twitter for everyone to see. “Let’s make it clear ! First and final warning for 2020. I am making it official and don’t blame me later on. Aaron Finch and I are good buddies (by the way),” the tweet read.
Ravichandran Ashwin went on to comment that the post was more for the protectors who upheld the spirit of cricket and not only meant only for the batsmen.