Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner was extra cautious while Ravichandran Ashwin operated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday night, deliberately dragging his bat inside the safe zone to avoid getting ‘Mankaded.’
The incident happened during the IPL match played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.
Warner, who was at the non-striker’s end, kept dragging his bat inside the safe zone, even stood well in the line, to ensure that he does not become Ashwin’s ‘Mankad’ victim. He was seen taking precautions by staying inside the crease during Ashwin’s over.
WATCH: No, Warner doesn't want to get 'Mankaded'
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Warner’s cautious trick was quickly captured by the cameras and replayed on the big screens. The clip of the incident was later uploaded by the official IPL website.
Earlier in the tournament, off-spinner Ashwin had dismissed Rajasthan Royal’s Jos Buttler without giving him a prior warning and that had attracted a lot of criticism from across the cricket fraternity.
As per the rules, a bowler is within his right to dismiss a batsman who leaves the crease before the ball is being released. But the practice has been generally deemed against the spirit of the game.