The debate around the Mankading controversy seems never-ending. The controversy was revived again during the ongoing IPL 2020 after it grabbed a lot of attention during the last season. Well, during the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League, everyone in the cricket fraternity was left stunned after R Ashwin while playing for Kings XI Punjab ‘Mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler.
Almost everyone from the cricket world started criticizing the veteran for the move and called it ‘unfair’ on his part. However, during the ongoing season too, R Ashwin got the perfect opportunity to run out Aaron Finch but he decided to warn the RCB batsman first. Yes!
During the match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Ravichandran Ashwin left everyone stunned when he let go of a chance to run out opponent Aaron Finch at the non-striker’s end. This time, his move was appreciated by many cricket experts and former cricketers. The latest one to join the bandwagon is Kevin Pietersen, who has come out in support of the veteran.
Recently, speaking on talkSPORT’s podcast Following On, KP admitted that he was earlier against this method of dismissal but his opinion has now changed. He said:
“You’ve got 10-year-olds thinking about the Mankad. Apparently it’s in the manuals now to be taught and to be allowed. ‘It was frowned upon when we played and it wasn’t the thing to do.”
He further added, “(But) when you see how far down the wicket Aaron Finch was… he was almost stealing two metres before Ashwin bowled the ball. I think what Ravi Ashwin did was perfect. Finch, get back in your crease, don’t steal runs.”
KP also pointed out the fact that the game has become very competitive with very fine margins nowadays and people win or lose their contracts based on the results of the games. He said:
“These games are coming down to fine margins, really fine margins. There’s a lot of money involved and people are getting and losing contracts based on results. [Batsmen] need to wind their neck in and play by the rules. Watching Ravi Ashwin, 12 months ago I would have said, “come on mate, no no no”.”
He added: “But having thought about it over the last 12 months, it was absolutely perfect what Ashwin did. I’m all for the fact that he warned the guy and made everyone very aware that he’s been warned, and it he does it again, then he has to go I’m afraid.”