Delhi Capitals’ Head Coach Ricky Ponting recently stirred the debate on Ravichandran Ashwin’s stance on Mankading that left the cricket fraternity stunned.
It was during the 2019 edition of the IPL, in a match against KXIP and RR, when R Ashwin controversially dismissed Jos Buttler using the Mankad. Later, he had found himself at the receiving end of criticism for not playing within the spirits of the game.
Recently, when Ricky Ponting was asked about his views on Mankading, he claimed that he will talk to R Ashwin asking him to not indulge in it, as it is against the spirit of the game. He had said:
“I’ll be having a chat with him about (Mankading), that’s the first thing I’ll do. That is going to be a hard conversation I will have with him. I think, even him, looking back now, probably he’d say it was within the rules and he’s right to do it.”
“But this is not within the spirit of the game, not in the way I want, at least with the Delhi Capitals anyway.”
However, seems like the statements of Ricky Ponting didn’t go down well with the netizens, who are now slamming the cricketer left, right, and center over his statements. Twitterati also came up with various incidents, where Ricky Ponting was guilty of not playing within the spirits of the game.
The fans are backing R Ashwin on this debate and are claiming that R Ashwin was right within the rules and limits.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
Having seen Ponting in his playing days, he will most probably advice Ashwin to push the batsman out of the crease and then run him out. https://t.co/VGMDexb0GC
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) August 19, 2020
Ponting talks about 'Spirit of Cricket' asks Ashwin to not 'mankad'
— Sattu Supari🔪 (@Rahulismm) August 19, 2020
Not a right comment from Punter to make it public especially when both going to share dressing room together – if Punter doesn't like it, it was better to tell during training session or meetings but this might look like a warning.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 19, 2020
Ridiculous. So batsmen should just be allowed to gain an unfair advantage by backing up and not face the consequences? The stigma around mankading belongs in the 19th century. It's allowed under the rules and is fair play
— Rahul Kalvapalle (@Kalvapalle) August 19, 2020
Look who is lecturing about spirit of the game. Kumble had said in the 2008 Sydney test only one team played in the spirit of the game and you were the captain of the other one. Practice what you preach!
— Bikash R Sarangi (@bikashdbest) August 21, 2020
Pretty wierd Spirit of the Game talk coming from Ponting😁, in his playing days Aussies were absolute bullies and cheaters.
Gladly under Clarke's n Bailey's leadership that Aussy culture changed.
— Shalindrika🇱🇰 (@ImShali79) August 19, 2020
Did I heard Spirit of the Game? 😒🙄
👇 Image from Ind vs Aus, Sydney, 2008 pic.twitter.com/lieXQEXpBe
— Harry Manchanda 🇮🇳✈️ (@HarmanManchanda) August 19, 2020
Well Mr. Ponting. Glad to hear about spirit of the game from you.
Just remember, claiming a drop catch is also against spirit of the game. Never throw stones while living in glass house.
— Susanta Das (@Susanta_1973) August 19, 2020
Ricky Ponting talking about spirit of the game 🤷🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️
— Ravi Kiran (@kasojuravikiran) August 19, 2020
Lol ponting talking about cricket's spirit is like mia khalifa talking about virginity.
Can never get that scene out of my mind where he points umpire to declare player as out and umpire did as directed
— Abhi Jindal (@AbhiJindal14) August 19, 2020
Massive respect for Ponting but I disagree with him on this. If something is allowed by the law then it is not against the spirit of the game.
If you think it is against the spirit of the game then work to disallow in the law.
— Rehan Arshad (@RehanToday) August 19, 2020
Look who is talking about spirit of the game yes Ashwin don't do the right thing … Punter you himself violating the spirit of game numerous times so these comments not suited you😁😁😁😄
— Ashwani Rana (@Ashwani20141362) August 19, 2020
Oh yeah, Ponting is the right person to talk about the spirit of the game. I hope Ashwin gives him two tight slaps and ends the matter there.
— Nothing Matters (@NMatters2) August 19, 2020