Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed he has spoken to the team's head coach Ricky Ponting on the controversial issue of running out batsmen who back up too far at the non-striker's end.
The debate surrounding this mode of dismissal was renewed last week when Ponting declared his intentions to hold a "hard conversation" with Ashwin on 'Mankading', emphatically stating his opposition to it.
Ashwin had pulled off such a run-out in last year's IPL for Kings XI Punjab when Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler was found backing too far on the bowler's side. That act drew a lot of criticism with the purists deeming the dismissal contrary to the 'spirit of cricket'.
Ponting presumably belongs to this school of thought as well as he made it clear there was no room for unsporting activities at Delhi Capitals.
Amid this backdrop, Ashwin has chatted with Ponting in the lead-up to IPL 13, though he claimed a more detailed conversation between the two is due once the former Australia skipper arrives in UAE.
"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 talked over the phone. It was a very interesting chat," Ashwin said in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel.
Ashwin kept the viewers in suspense as he promised to disclose the contents of his telephonic exchange next week. He also suggested a face-to-face discussion would be more reasonable since words from foreigners often get "lost in translation" for Indians.
"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."
With several solutions being proposed to deal with batters leaving their crease before the ball is delivered, Ashwin's quirky idea revolves around the intriguing concept of a "free ball".
Ashwin believes the game would become interesting if the batting team is penalised for gaining unfair advantage at the non-striker's end.
"Make it a free ball for the bowler. If the batsman gets out of that ball, the batting team will be docked 5 runs. Free hit adds to the drama for a batter, let's give a chance to the bowlers too," the 33-year-old had tweeted.