After Ponting made a remark on Ravichandran Ashwin’s “Mankad” controversy, it created debate in cricket fraternity with experts reacting to it in either ways. A set of people supported the off spinner saying that it is within the rules and others criticized him because it acts “against the spirit” of the game. Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting, main coach of Delhi Capitals, the team which bought Ashwin to play for them in the upcoming edition, said that he won’t allow Ashwin to do that. Today, Dinesh Karthik came up with a tweet supporting his Tamil nadu teammate.
Mankading has become a widely discussed topic ever since Ravichandran Ashwin pulled off the mode of dismissal for the first time in this year’s IPL to dismiss Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler. The act from Ashwin evoked mixed reactions from fans and cricketing experts around the globe.
Ashwin received a fair amount of criticism from a certain section of the cricketing fraternity who believed his action to be disgraceful and against the spirit of the game while certain others believed that the off spinner must have at least provided Buttler a warning before running him out.
Ponting who feels that it is not within the “spirit of the game” said that he will have a chat with the cricketer first. “I’ll be having a chat with him about “Mankading”, that’s the first thing I will do. That is going to be a hard conversation that I will have with him. I think. he will say that was within in the rules and he’s right to do it” said Ponting who added that it will not happen in his team.
“But this is not within the spirit of the game, not in the way I want, at least with the Delhi capitals way” said Ponting in the Podcast with Grade cricketer. The three time world cup winning captain Ponting said that he told his player last year itself that “Mankading” will not be employed by the Delhi based side.
But I must admit, after watching the last season, as soon as it happened, I actually sat our boys down and said, “Look, I know he’s done it, there’ll be others around the tournament who will think about doing this but that’s not going to be the way that we play our cricket. We won’t be playing like that” Ponting said in the Podcast.
Now, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik came up with a tweet supporting his Tamil nadu teammate. He who said that legendary cricketers such as Don Bradman, Sunil Gavaskar and even ICC have found no problem in “mankading”, added that why people are seeing the team which does that in a negative way” in a way of answering to Ponding.
“A lot of people have polarising opinions on this,this is just my 2 cents on this issue.Would like a few cricket nerds to give their thoughts on this too” said Dinesh and tagged Harsha Bhogle, Rohan Gavaskar, Brendon Mccullum , Sanjay Manjrekar, Badrinath and others.
A lot of people have polarising opinions on this,this is just my 2 cents on this issue.Would like a few cricket nerds to give their thoughts on this too 🙂@bhogleharsha @rohangava9 @ashwinravi99 @cricketaakash @sanjaymanjrekar @Bazmccullum @VenkyMysore @s_badrinath @RK_sports https://t.co/P6QueIUnOZ— DK (@DineshKarthik) August 24, 2020
Replying to this tweet, Ashwin proposed a “free ball” for bowlers like “free hit” for batsman in cricket. “Make it a free ball for the bowler. If the batsmen gets out of that ball, the batting team will be docked 5 runs. Free hit adds to the drama for a batter, let’s give a chance to the bowlers too. As of now everyone watches the game hoping that ‘the bowlers will get smacked today’” his tweet read.
Make it a free ball for the bowler. If the batsmen gets out of that ball, the batting team will be docked 5 runs. Free hit adds to the drama for a batter, let’s give a chance to the bowlers too. As of now everyone watches the game hoping that ‘the bowlers will get smacked today’ https://t.co/BxX8IsMgvF— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) August 24, 2020
Check how other experts reacted :
The ‘normal delivery position’ @bhogleharsha is to avoid any Mock action by the bowler which can be misleading ,the batsman leaves crease early because he is 1)ignorant of the rule 2) careless 3) taking unfair advantage, so only thing that needs change is the name #mankading— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) August 24, 2020
I think the rule should be simple and take away any subjective element like "normal delivery position" and just say "non-striker stays in till the ball is released".— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 24, 2020
I think it’s the subjectivity/interpretation of the rule that needs to be addressed. And you cannot scrap it altogether because that gives an advantage to the non-striker for sure.— RK (@RK_sports) August 24, 2020
I think ‘ spirit of the game ‘ is so vague . Is it in the spirit of the game to not walk when one knows he/she is out or to appeal to dismiss a batter when one knows he/ she is not out ? It’s not – yet that is accepted and practiced by nearly everybody .— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) August 24, 2020
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