The primary dialog that Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting needs to have with new-joinee Ravichandran Ashwin is over the concept of mankading, making it clear to the veteran cricketer that he will not be allowed to make use of that technique of dismissal.
Ashwin had created fairly a stir after mankading England’s Jos Buttler in IPL 2019 throughout a match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, which left the cricket world divided. Whereas some echoed the phrases of Ashwin, defending him and saying that the dismissal was properly inside the guidelines of the sport, different opined that Ashwin lacked sportsmanship.
Talking on The Grade Cricketer Podcast, Ponting mentioned that after that dismissal final season he had sat down with the squad.
“I’ll be having a chat with him about [mankad], that’s the very first thing I’ll do,” Ponting mentioned about Ashwin, who was earlier purchased by Delhi earlier than the public sale in December final 12 months. “Clearly, he wasn’t in our squad final 12 months, he’s certainly one of our gamers that we tried to afford to herald this 12 months. Look, he’s a terrific bowler, and he’s finished an incredible job within the IPL for an extended time period now, however I have to admit watching that final season, as quickly because it occurred and he did that, I really sat our boys down and mentioned ‘Look, I do know he’s finished it, there’ll be others across the event who’ll take into consideration doing this properly however that’s not going to be the best way that we play our cricket. We received’t be doing that’.”
“So, that’s going to be a dialog and that’s going to be a tough dialog I must have with him, however I’m fairly certain he’ll take it on the chin. I believe, even him, trying again now, most likely he’d say it was inside the guidelines and he’s proper to do it, however this isn’t inside the spirit of the sport, not in the best way I need, not less than with the Delhi Capitals anyway.”
Ashwin had nevertheless repeatedly defended his motion. Lat June, speaking about the identical, the offie mentioned, “What I did is what the foundations are presupposed to be.”
Ponting, nevertheless, is able to supply a substitute for Mankading. “I believe there’s methods you can really cease batsmen dishonest like that,” he mentioned. “If the bowler was to cease, and the batsman was a foot out of his crease for example, why don’t you simply penalise him some runs or one thing? Then they received’t do it once more.
“You’ve solely received to try this as soon as initially of a event, after which all of the gamers see it, and you may assure the gamers received’t be fudging any floor from then on. I chatted to a few of the match referees about it throughout final 12 months’s IPL as properly. If the umpires make a stance and do one thing to warn the batsman that they is perhaps dishonest, then that’s higher than having the ugly incident of a mankad.”
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