IPL 2020: Ricky Ponting speaks to Ashwin on ‘Mankading’; here’s what Delhi Capitals coach said
Delhi Capitals' coach Ricky Ponting agreed with R Ashwin on 'Mankading' row ahead of IPL 2020. Read what the Australian legend said on the issue
Dubai: Delhi Capitals’ (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting today (September 2) shared his views with offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin on the issue of running batsmen out at the non-striker’s end when they are trying to steal a few yards before the bowler delivers the ball.
Last year, Ashwin, playing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), was heavily criticised for ‘Mankading’ Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) batsman Jos Buttler after the Englishman left the crease before the Tamil Nadu spinner had bowled.
Ahead of IPL 2020, there were reports that Ponting would have a talk with Ashwin and tell him not to run out batsmen if they are found leaving the crease before the ball was delivered.
Now, Ashwin got Ponting to speak on the same on his YouTube channel. During the show ‘Hello Dubaiaah’, the Australian legend suggested a run penalty for batsmen who are trying to “cheat”.
“Yeah, I totally get where you are coming from. I wasn't trying to say that you were (not) justified because it is actually in the laws of the game. You can do it. So if a batsman is cheating, and trying to steal a couple of yards…,” Ponting told Ashwin.
He added, “Honestly, I just think that we have got to find a way around, trying to stop the batsman cheating. We have had this conversation already. I don't want to see anyone running two or three yards down the wicket. Because that basically is cheating."
Ponting agreed with Ashwin on a run penalty. “I think so. I think there should be some sort of run penalty. If you are to get to the top of your bowling action and stop, and it shows that the batsman is cheating, is out of his crease, I think put a run penalty on him. And do it right from the start. Because that will stop him right away. Taking 10 runs off the team total because you have taken a yard out of your crease. It’s got to be… I think those sort of things need to be looked at.”