Ace Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again grabbed all the eyeballs during the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But this time he successfully avoided any controversy after not running Aaron Finch out at the non-striker’s end. He let the Aussie go after giving the ‘first and final warning’ for the season.
“Let’s make it clear!! First and final warning for 2020. I am making it official and don’t blame me later on. @RickyPonting #runout #nonstriker
@AaronFinch5 and I are good buddies btw,” read Ashwin’s tweet.
Recently, during a show ‘Hello Dubaiaah’ on his official YouTube channel, Ashwin revealed that Ricky Ponting wanted him to run Aaron Finch out. He also said that the DC coach is in talks with the ICC’s cricket committee penalising a batsman who backs up too far at the non-striker’s end.
“I will say this. Can’t stop thefts till thieves repent. I cannot be police forever. I tagged Ponting in the tweet. He said he would have asked me to run him out. He said ‘a wrong is a wrong’. He’s talking to the ICC committee about a penalty. He is trying hard to keep his promise,” said Ashwin.
Finch kept staring at me: Ashwin
Ashwin mentioned that he knew someone would try doing it in this game. While telling that the Aussie opener kept staring at him, the veteran spinner also said that Finch and he are good friends since their days at KXIP.
“When we played (against RCB), one side of the ground was big, I knew someone would back up because scoring boundaries was not that easy. They had guys who could convert twos. So I knew it would happen. I went into my jump while delivering the ball, and a gold helmet floated past. I stopped and thought, he was still outside the crease, just staring.”
“He has been a good friend since we played together for KXIP. So I let it slide as a final warning. Punishment should be severe, dock ten runs for backing up. Nobody will do that. Getting batsmen like this is not a skill. But no options for the bowler either,” he concluded.