The controversial method of ‘Mankad’ to dismiss the batsman at the non-striker end is a highly debated topic in current cricket scene. Ravichandran Ashwin became the first bowler in the history of IPL to use the method after he mankaded Jos Buttler last season. Now as the Delhi Capitans off-spinner faces his former franchise Kings XI Punjab, coach Ricky Ponting has revealed that he suggested Ashwin not to make use of mankading in today’s match.
Ravichandran Ashwin has faced numerous criticism for mankading Buttler in IPL 2019, and was accused of ‘ruining the spirit of the game’ in the past. Be that as it may, he has hinted that when its the need of the hour, he might use that controversial dismissal method again.
Ricky Ponting, the former Aussie captain who is at the helm of DC in IPL 2020, recently stated that he gave the green signal to Ashwin to mankad any batsman as the player claims it’s not breaking any rules.
Although, the coach claims that in today’s match against KXIP, he has discouraged Ashwin to mankad anyone.
One law I am not happy with: Ponting expects Ashwin not to mankad any KXIP player today
On Saturday, Ricky Ponting appeared on InsideSport’s ‘Amstrad Face 2 Face Cricket Series’ show where he touched on the topic of mankading, and revealed that he has conversed with Ashwin about not to dismiss any batsman in today’s match with that method,
“I am not going to ball Ashwin in the last over of the game,” Ponting said in the show, “we have spoken about it and I have told him my expectation that I wouldn’t want him to Mankad.”
Named after legendary India bowler Vinoo Mankad, when a batsman is run out at the non-striker end for leaving the crease, the method of dismissal is considered as ‘mankading’. Ashwin himself has been unapologetic after he did the same to Buttler last year, claiming that it does not break any rules.
Even though Ponting agrees that it is a rule of cricket, he is not very on board with it.
The 45-year-old continued, “Although the Mankad is a very simple playing law in the game. It is one law I am not happy with and I am a part of the rules and law committee with the MCC. What we have to do is to stop batsmen from cheating which they tend to do in the death overs of the game.”
“Umpires need to be a little cautious as well and need to get a signal in the ear from the third umpire to let the batsman know not to be cheating,” he added.
Today’s match between DC and KXIP will be hosted at the Dubai International Stadium.