Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin warned Australian opener Aaron Finch for backing up too much at the non-striker’s end when his Delhi Capitals side took on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
The incident took place during the third over of RCB’s run-chase. Ashwin was getting ready to bowl to Devdutt Padikkal, and Finch had gone a long way outside the crease at the other end. The DC bowler paused his bowling action to warn Finch, instead of running him out or mankading him.
Ashwin had mankaded Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler last IPL when he was the captain of Kings XI Punjab. His action was received with divided opinions across the cricketing world, with some supporting him and others criticising him.
The 34-year-old international had also mankaded Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne during an ODI in Australia. But the appeal was withdrawn by then Indian skipper Virender Sehwag after consultation with Sachin Tendulkar.
Meanwhile, Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting had claimed that he wasn’t a fan of this mode of dismissal ahead of the tournament.