Nice guy Ashwin –
IPL 2020- Delhi Capitals (DC) off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin found himself in a rather familiar situation on the 3rd over of the second innings while bowling to Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Devdutt Padikkal. Ashwin, on his 4th delivery of the over went through with his bowling action but didn’t release the ball, only because Aaron Finch at the non-striker’s end was a metre outside the crease. Ashwin had time to ‘Mankad’ the Australian batsman but chose to let him off with a warning. When the camera moved to the Delhi dugout, coach Ricky Ponting was seen to have a cheeky grin on his face. Earlier, Ponting had made it clear that he wouldn’t be pleased if Ravi Ashwin tried the ‘Mankad’ for Delhi Capitals. The ‘Mankad’ debate has raged on ever since the off-spinner dismissed Jos Buttler in IPL 2019. He was rewarded promptly though, as he got the most important wicket of in-form batsman Devdutt Paddikal.
Saini’s beamer triggers Stoinis
IPL 2020 – Navdeep Saini once again slipped during a nasty beamer in an attempt of a yorker. If it had been Rahul Tewatia who got slam-dunked on the chest in the previous match by Saini’s unintentional beamer, this time it’s Marcus Stoinis who got brutally hit by the ball on his fingers. What made the incident spicy was when Saini put his head down and turned back without an apology, unlike the last time where he went on to check if Tewatia was okay. Perhaps Saini was disappointed with himself but Stoinis didn’t appreciate it. He smashed the next ball for a six and glared hard and long at Saini who had already turned back to bowl the next delivery. Suddenly, he turned and offered an apology for the previous ball.
Wolf in the pack –
The thumping sound of the bat hitting the ball itself can send a shiver down the spine of a fielder who’s fielding at short cover. But Virat refused to budge. He bent down quickly and casually collected the ball which was struck with such power from maybe just 10 metres away. It had been a chest-beating moment of machoism, but the RCB skipper made it look like as if it had been another day at the office.IPL 2020 Holding the ball, he proceeded to lick his fingers so to shine the ball. But then the realisation dawned – Using spit to shine the ball is prohibited due to Covid-19. Before he could touch the ball, with eyes wide open, Virat Kohli raised both his arms and mouthed an apology to the umpire with a cheeky smile to his face.