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'First and final warning' - Ashwin resists 'Mankading' Finch
IPL 2020

'First and final warning' - Ashwin resists 'Mankading' Finch

Ravichandran Ashwin has declared he won't be giving any more warnings as he opted against running out Aaron Finch, who was well short of his crease at the non-striker's end during the match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Ashwin did not go for the controversial mode of dismissal after much of the pre-tournament talk surrounded Delhi coach Ricky Ponting's derision for the 'Mankad' run-out.

Ashwin's decision to run-out Jos Buttler in this manner in last year's Indian Premier League (IPL) resulted in highly polarised views with some cricket personalities viewing the action as contrary to the 'spirit of the game'.

Ashwin, though, has continued to defend 'Mankading' batsmen, arguing for penalties imposed on batsmen for backing up too far at the bowling end.

Ponting, who promised to have a "hard conversation" with Ashwin on the subject, has also supported a regulated sanction for batsmen unfairly gaining space while not facing the bowler.

"Let's make it clear !! First and final warning for 2020. I am making it official and don't blame me later on," Ashwin tweeted after his team comprehensively defeated RCB by 59 runs.

Although the Mankad dismissal, named after India's Vinoo Mankad, is within the laws of the game, it is widely considered unsporting.

Ashwin was part of the Kings XI Punjab outfit in IPL 2019 and was traded to Delhi ahead of the start of this year's tournament, which is being held in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The veteran off-spinner added he was "good buddies" with Finch but claimed there would be no more leniency from him if another batsman was found strolling outside the crease before a delivery is completed.