Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be seen playing for Delhi Capitals in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Meanwhile, the head coach Ricky Ponting has opened up about the issue of ‘Mankad’ where he had initially said that he wouldn’t allow anyone to do that, which also includes Ashwin but later he has cleared his stance on the matter.
Ponting revealed that he had a chat with Ashwin and the former Australian great found logic in his thoughts.
“He (Ashwin) made me get on a podcast with him when I first arrived here to have a good open chat about it,” Ponting told ‘Cricket.com.au’. “I think we’re both on the same page. He feels he did everything in the rules and laws of the game and he’s absolutely right.”
He again added, “He’s saying, ‘What if it’s the last ball of the IPL, what if I’m bowling and the batting team needs two runs to win and the non-striker is charging halfway down the wicket? There’s an argument there as well, but as I said to him, I would expect that he would hold on to the ball and not Mankad and tell the batsman to stay in his crease next time and see if he’s good enough to try and close the game out for us.”
“It shouldn’t get to that stage anyway, batsmen shouldn’t be cheating. That’s what batsmen are doing, batsmen are actually cheating by trying to steal a yard or two here or there. It’s something that needs to be addressed.“I think something has to happen with the laws of the game to make sure batsmen can’t cheat and there certainly shouldn’t be the …….. rule the way it is,” he again shared.
Meanwhile, the fans are gearing up to see their favourite stars in the 2020 edition of Indian Premier League which is scheduled to begin in the UAE from September 19 across three venues whereas the league will conclude on November 10. And, the defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in the first game of the tournament as well.