Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has famously advocated for the Mankad dismissal, opted against the mode of dismissal against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday in IPL 2020.
The incident occured in the third over of RCB’s innings. Ashwin reached his delivery stride, but pulled out of his action, seemingly warning Aaron Finch, the batsman who was backing up from his crease.
Ashwin made headlines during IPL 2019 when he ran out Jos Buttler at the non-striker’s end, sparking a debate within the cricket community around the dismissal, which, according to some, was against the spirit of the game.
Ahead of IPL 2020, Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting told The Grade Cricketer podcast that he would talk the bowler out of using the method, as it “is not within the spirit of the game” and “not in the way I want, at least with the Delhi Capitals anyway.”
Reaction from Ponting after Ashwin giving the Mankad Warning to Finch. pic.twitter.com/gYSym6PPo0
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The two later supposedly had a conversation on the topic, as revealed by Ashwin in a YouTube video, with Ponting later admitting that the two were on the same page when it came to the dismissal.