Delhi Capitals News 2020: Former Australian skipper and current Delhi Capitals Head Coach, Ricky Ponting created headlines when he said that he will have a chat with Ravichandran Ashwin regarding running out the non-striker for backing up too far before the bowler delivers the ball. Now, Ponting has made it clear that both of them already has had the conversation. He stressed that both of them are on the ‘same page’ regarding it.
In the IPL 2020 auction, Delhi Capitals bought Ravi Chandran Ashwin. In the last season, Ashwin was the captain of the Kings XI Punjab. In one match, Ashwin had run out the Englishman Jos Buttler, for backing up too far before he delivered the ball. This created an uproar and controversy in the cricket world and social media, regarding the Spirit Of the Game.
A few days ago, Ravichandran Ashwin shared a clip of the conversation between him and Ponting on his Youtube channel. Both of them discussed and debated their point of view regarding the mankading issue. Both of them were firm and adamant on their views but arrived at a common point that a batsman should face some penalty of runs if found backing off too far before the bowler delivers the ball.
In an interview with cricket.com.au Ponting said, “He (Ashwin) made me get on a podcast with him when I first arrived here to have a good open chat about it. 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.” (Delhi Capitals News 2020)
Ricky Ponting says that the batsman should not be cheating. (Delhi Capitals News 2020)
Ponting further told that there is a definite logic behind Ashwin’s point of views. However, a spinner should not attempt mankading and instead warn the batsman. He wants Ashwin to win games for Delhi through his skills and experience, not by such means.
“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? What do you expect me to do’?
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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.” the Ponting further stated.
According to Ponting, a non-striker batsman is cheating by backing up too far before a bowler delivers the ball. He feels that there should be some strict penalty of runs to force the cricketers to stop doing this. Ponting added that this is a serious issue and there should be some strict action in forcing the players to stop doing this.
“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.” (Delhi Capitals News 2020)
“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. I think if you bring in some sort of run penalty for the batsman if they’re deliberately leaving their crease and pinching ground that might be the way to go about it,” the head coach concluded. (Delhi Capitals News 2020)