‘Sometimes Australians’ messages become news’ – Ravi Ashwin on Ricky Ponting’s comments on mankading
Ashwin found himself in the headlines after he mankaded Jos Buttler back in 2019.
Ricky Ponting, the Delhi Capitals head coach, earlier, was clear cut in saying that Ravi Ashwin and his other teammates won’t be allowed to pull off ‘mankading’ during the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 2003 and 2007 World Cup-winning captain stated that he would be having a chat with Ashwin, who was a part of the Kings XI Punjab in 2017 and 2018, regarding the same.
Ashwin has already reached the United Arab Emirates (UAE) along with his teammates in the Capitals and would be required to go through the protocols before resuming action on the field. On Ponting’s comments, the Tamil Nadu spinner had a hilarious take. Apart from that, the tweaker also promised to divulge details of his interaction with the former Australian skipper.
Ravi Ashwin opens up
“Ricky Ponting hasn’t yet reached (Dubai). After he comes, we will sit for a chat with him. He said he wants to have a conversation. We have already spoken over the phone. It was a very interesting chat,” Ashwin was quoted as saying in his first episode of his new ‘Hello Dubaiahh?’ YouTube show.
“What happens sometimes is Australians’ messages in English get lost in translation and reach us with a different meaning. Even some of their jokes become news. That’s what it is and next week I will reveal a bit more about my conversation with Ricky,” he said.
Back in 2019, Ashwin got himself tangled into a massive controversy during KXIP’s match against the Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. He mankaded Jos Buttler, who was furious as well. The England batsman got out on 69 and his dismissal turned the game on its head. Ashwin was also greeted with a lot of flak after he resorted to the controversial dismissal.
Overall, Ashwin didn’t have the greatest of runs with the Punjab team. Though he bowled to the best of his ability, he couldn’t lead KXIP to the playoffs in both the seasons despite starting off with a string of wins. In the Capitals, Ashwin will be playing under the leadership of Shreyas Iyer, who was appointed as their captain midway through the 2018 season.