On April 5, 2023, the IPL 2023 game between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings was very exciting. During the Punjab Kings’ turn at bat, Ravichandran Ashwin gave Shikhar Dhawan a mankad warning because the Punjab captain was backing up a bit too much to get quick singles.
The young first batter for Punjab Kings, Prabhsimran Singh, got them off to a great start with an aggressive knock. When the power play was over, the score for the PBKS franchise was 63-0.
As soon as the restrictions on playing in the field were lifted, RR captain Sanju Samson sent out Ravichandran Ashwin, his most experienced bowler. Ashwin had a clear plan to stop the runs from coming in after the pacers failed to do so.
The experienced off-spinner bowled three good balls right away, giving up only two singles and a dot ball. Just as he was getting ready to throw the fourth ball, he noticed that the captain of the Punjab Kings was backing up a little too much on the non-end. striker’s
Ravichandran Ashwin then stopped in his run-up and gave Shikhar Dhawan a “mankad” warning, but he didn’t run him out even though he had a clear chance to do so. Then, Ashwin gave Shikhar a hard look before going back to his bowling mark.
Shikhar Dhawan got a mankad warning from Ashwin, and right after that, the cameraman turned the light on Ashwin’s teammate Jos Buttler. It’s important to remember that Ashwin famously ran out Buttler in the IPL 2019. At the time, Ashwin was the captain of the Punjab franchise.
The spirit-of-cricket debate was brought back up when Ravichandran Ashwin got Buttler out in the Indian Premier League. ICC recently changed its rules so that running out a batter at the non-end striker’s wasn’t seen as an unfair way to get rid of them.
Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, scored 86 runs without being out in just 56 balls, hitting 9 fours and 3 sixes. In the RR vs. PBKS game, the Punjab Kings had a huge score of 197-4 thanks to his knock.