Ravichandran Ashwin’s cheeky advice is not tested.
What he said:
“I probably gave him a cheeky idea to try a mankad in the end. We might have taken flak, but why not.”
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin claims that he wasn’t averse to his teammate Hardik Pandya running out his Bangladeshi opponents in the final over of the crucial group encounter played at Bengaluru last evening.
The controversial method of getting batsmen out has been in the news ever since West Indian Keemo Paul mankaded a Zimbabwean player in the recent Under-19 ODI World Cup.
Pandya didn’t have to resort to such an eventuality; his skipper ran out Mustafizur Rahman at his end to clinch the game for India by one run.
What he really meant:
“The Mankad’s not illegal and a win is a win by any legal means.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Hardik Pandya and I wouldn’t take a running start at the bowler’s end were my team in the same situation.”