Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has made it clear that he will not allow senior India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to employ the controversial ‘Mankading’ dismissal during the upcoming IPL because “it’s not within the spirit of the game”.
Last IPL season, Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler was run out on 69 while backing up at the non-striker’s end, with Ashwin, then captaining Kings XI Punjab, choosing to whip off the bails as the batsman stepped out of the crease before the ball was being bowled.
Ashwin, who is playing for Delhi Capitals this IPL which is starting on September 19 at the UAE, had defended his act, saying it was within the rules of the game.
But batting legend Ponting feels the controversial mode of dismissal was against the spirit of the game and it will not used by his team in the IPL.
“I’ll be having a chat with him about (Mankading), that’s the first thing I’ll do. That is going to be a hard conversation I will have with him. 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,” Ponting said while speaking on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.
The 45-year-old legendary batsman, who played 168 Tests for Australia between 1995 and 2012 and scored 13378 runs, said he had told his players last year itself that “Mankading” will not be employed by the Delhi-based side.
“Obviously, he (Ashwin) wasn’t in our squad last year, he’s one of our players that we tried to bring in this year. Look, he’s a terrific bowler, and he’s done a great job in the IPL for a long period of time now.
“But I must admit watching that last season, as soon as it happened, I actually sat our boys down and said, ‘Look, I know he’s done it, there’ll be others around the tournament who’ll think about doing this well but that’s not going to be the way that we play our cricket. We won’t be doing that’.”
Following this, Ashwin’s wife Prithi tweeted that she had become “The Butler” for the day.
— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) August 19, 2020Subscriber Only Stories
Ashwin was acquired by the Delhi Capitals, along with another senior player in Ajinkya Rahane, before the IPL 2020 season.