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Why Ravi Ashwin refused to Mankad Australia star Aaron Finch during IPL clash

Ravi Ashwin has explained why he decided not to Mankad Australia batsman Aaron Finch during Delhi Capitals’ victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Indian Premier League.

Ashwin had the chance to run out Finch from the non-striker’s end after the Australian left his crease before the ball was delivered.

India spinner Ashwin famously used the Mankad dismissal against England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler during the 2019 IPL.

However, Ashwin chose not to Mankad his former Kings XI Punjab team-mate Finch and said that was the ‘final warning’ to IPL batsmen.

‘I stopped and thought for a second whether or not to do the run out,’ said Ashwin.

‘Even when I was thinking, he was just staring at me and didn’t come into the crease. I don’t know why he was staring.

‘But he’s been a good friend since our Kings XI days. He’s a very nice guy, a lot of times we have sat together in the evenings and passed time. So I let it slide as a final warning.

‘I severely feel that the punishment should be severe [for batsman stealing ground]. Dock 10 runs for backing up. No batsman would go out then.

‘Getting a batsman out like this is not a skill. But there’s no option for the bowler either if they keep doing it.’

Ashwin’s Delhi Capitals coach – the Australia legend Ricky Ponting – said before the tournament that his players had his backing if they decided to use the Mankad dismissal.

‘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 Mankad rule the way it is,’ Ponting told cricket.com.au.

‘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.

‘I’m sure those discussions are happening at the moment because I don’t think it’s a good look on the game when you see a Mankad happen.

‘I think something is going to have to change.’

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