R Ashwin has been one of the most consistent performers in the IPL since his debut. R Ashwin made a name for himself representing Chennai Super Kings as his witty off breaks and presence of mind outclassed even the best. Since his debut in 2009, he had been an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings success in 2010 and 2011.
On Monday, former Kings XI Punjab captain was having a question-answer round on the twitter with his fans. Fans were directly interacting the ace spinner using a hashtag #askash and the off-spinner was himself replying all the queries of his fans.
Who are the potential batsmen you can Mankad this IPL? #askash
— Saravanan (@SaravanElango) December 30, 2019
During the session one fan came up with a surprising question as he asked Ashwin: “Who are the potential batsmen you can Mankad this IPL?”
Also Read – Ashwin “mankaded” Jos Buttler
However, Ashwin did not shy away from replying as he clearly replied:“Anyone that goes out of the crease. ✅,”
Anyone that goes out of the crease. ✅
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) December 30, 2019
FYI, Mankad is an act when a bowler runs out the batsman at non-striker end before in his delivery stride. In simple words, when a batsman leaves the non-strikers end before the delivery of the ball and the bowler runs out the batsman in the process (without delivering the ball).
Ravichandran Ashwin stirred the cricket world in last year’s IPL when he ran out Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler. R Ashwin, who was the catptain of Kings XI Punjab, mankaded the Buttler without giving the latter a proper warning. More importantly, the run out changed the complexion of the match as Rajasthan Royals, who was cruising through the chase riding on the Buttler’s innings, lost the match by 14 runs.
The cricket world was divided immediately after incident. The likes of Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen and Dale Steyn slammed Ashwin for going against the spirit of the game. Shane Warne even called the incidentembarrasing and disgusting. On the other hand, the likes of Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle and Murali Karthik felt there was nothing wrong with what Ashwin did.
However, Ashwin himself did make it clear that he was within the laws of the game and he will do it time and again if the batsman leaves the crease before the delivery of the ball.
Ravichandran Ashwin will represent Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 and we can expect the off-spinner to wave his magic again on a sin friendly Delhi pitch.