Dubai, Oct 7: Delhi Capitals bowler Ravichandran Ashwin kept his promise to coach Ricky Ponting that he would not resort to mankading.
Ashwin, during Capitals Indian Premier League (IPL) game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Monday, controlled his instinct to take RCB opener Aaron Finch's wicket, when he had left the crease at the non-striker's end. Ashwin just gave him a warning smile and let him off.
Later the spinner took to Twitter and said that that was his first and final warning. Coach Ponting was seen smiling in the dugout.
Capitals coach Ponting has made a promise to his premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin that he would speak to the ICC about imposing a run-penalty on teams whose batsmen back up too far at non-striker's end.
"You can't stop thefts till thieves repent. I can't be police forever. I tagged Ponting in the tweet. He (Ponting) said he would have asked me to run him (Finch) out. Wrong is wrong he said.
"He said he is talking to ICC committee about penalty. He is trying really hard to keep his promise," Ashwin revealed on his YouTube channel.
Ashwin's gesture was a mark of respect for Ponting's view point of not running the non-striker out. Besides, the let-off was also to do with Finch being an old teammate.
"He (Finch) has been a good friend since KXIP (days), so I let it slide as a final warning," Ashwin said.
However, he also said that he had apprehensions that non-strikers would back up since one side of the ground was big and RCB had good runners who can convert ones into twos.
"One side of ground was big, so I knew someone would back up. Because they have guys in their team who can convert twos. So I went into my jump and saw a golden helmet floated past. It kept going on its own. I stopped and thought, he was still outside, just staring," he said.
The senior off-spinner also said that at least 10 runs should be docked in order to stop batsman from stealing yards at the non-striker's end.
"Punishment should be severe. Dock 10 runs for backing up and nobody will do that. Getting batsman out like this is no skill but bowlers don't have any option either," signed off Ashwin.
Source: With inputs from PTI