The IPL craze is in full swing in India and every fan is hoping that his favourite team takes the trophy home this season. Needless to say, regardless of which team wins IPL 2019, one thing is for sure that the 12th season of IPL will always be remembered for R Ashwin and the mankading incident.
If you remember, Ashwin who is skipper of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) mankaded Rajasthan Royals (RR) batsman Jos Buttler in an IPL match. As per the rules, Ashwin was very well within his rights as a bowler to get the non-striker batsman run-out if he goes out of the crease before the ball is released but still the Punjab skipper was heavily slammed on social media. Usually, this method is not used to take a wicket as it is deemed against the spirit of the game.
David Warner, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman, took a dig at Ashwin during the match between SRH and KXIP which was played on Monday at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali.
It was seen that when Ashwin was bowling and Warner was at the non-striker end, the latter deliberately pushed his bat further inside the crease to make Ashwin see that he could mankad him.
The commentators caught the funny act of Warner and later the official Twitter account of IPL also shared the video with caption, “WATCH: No, Warner doesn’t want to get ‘Mankaded’”
Check out the tweet:
WATCH: No, Warner doesn't want to get 'Mankaded'
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 8, 2019
Click here to watch this video directly on Twitter
It was clearly a jibe at Ashwin because Warner was not repeating it with other bowlers as one Twitter user posted a tweet with photos, showing how Warner backed up at non-strikers end when Ashwin bowled and when another bowler was bowling.
How Warner backs up at non-striker's end for Mujeeb (head down pitch) vs. how Warner backs up at non-striker's end for Ashwin (head craned back at bowler's hand). pic.twitter.com/diDmlCo6sI
— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) April 8, 2019
Australians do have a style of saying things differently. What do you say?