Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin stopped twice in his delivery stride in his first over against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on Monday. R Ashwin, who had stirred up a storm when he Mankaded Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler earlier in IPL 2019, pulled out of his delivery twice.
However, Wriddhiman Saha was well within his crease on both occasions. It was not clear whether he was trying to warn Saha to stay behind the delivery crease or stop David Warner from playing the switch-hit.
After he stopped for the second time, the umpire had a chat with R Ashwin.
David Warner hit R Ashwin for a six in the first delivery of the over – the final before the powerplay – as Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a rapid start against Kings XI Punjab.
Against Delhi Capitals, R Ashwin had appeared to warn Shikhar Dhawan and the batsman responded with a little dance in the next delivery.
During KXIP’s defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli had seemingly mocked R Ashwin after he caught the KXIP skipper out in the deep.
The likes of Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan, Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen had slammed R Ashwin over his Mankading of Jos Buttler.
In an interview with AajTak, R Ashwin said his conscience was clear after the Mankading incident.
You can debate about it. It’s up to people’s perception what they believe it is,” Ashwin told AajTak. “But to me, like I said, it’s all about conscience. Before some 10 years, there was a rule wherein you warn somebody and then do it.
“See, there have been even debates about whether I waited for him to leave the crease. But what people don’t understand is I hadn’t even reached the crease when he started walking away. Once I complete my action, I can’t go down and hit the stumps.
“I will have to wait and then only flip the stumps. It makes no sense to me. There will be no end to this. People will keep giving their opinions,” he said.