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Ashwin and I are on same page: Ponting on running out non-strikers

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting says he is on the “same page” as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin regarding running out non-strikers for backing up too far before a ball is delivered.

Ashwin, who was in the spotlight last IPL after dismissing Jos Buttler during a Kings XI Punjab versus Rajasthan Royals encounter, did something that his current IPL coach didn’t endorse.

However, Ashwin and Ponting have had an open discussion here over the mode of dismissal and by the former Australian captain’s own admission, they have reached a common ground.

“He (Ashwin) made me get on a podcast with him when I first arrived here to have a good open chat about it,” Ponting told ‘Cricket.com.au’.

“I think we’re both on the same page. He feels he did everything in the rules and laws of the game and he’s absolutely right,” Ponting said.

In fact, Ponting found logic in Ashwin’s rationale. “He’s saying, ‘What if it’s the last ball of the IPL, what if I’m bowling and the batting team needs two runs to win and the non-striker is charging halfway down the wicket? What do you expect me to do’?

“There’s an argument there as well, but as I told him, I would expect that he would hold on to the ball and not Mankad and tell the batsman to stay in his crease next time and see if he’s good enough to try and close the game out for us.”

The batting great, however, made it clear that there was no place for “cheating” which is the case when non-strikers tend to back up too far.

“It shouldn’t get to that stage anyway, batsmen shouldn’t be cheating. That’s what batsmen are doing, batsmen are actually cheating by trying to steal a yard or two here or there. It’s something that needs to be addressed.”

Ponting reiterated the need for a run penalty for offenders.