Warner, who was at the non-striker’s end, kept dragging his bat inside the safe zone to ensure that he does not become Ashwin’s ‘Mankad’ victim. @ Screengrab

Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s (SRH) David Warner was extra cautious while Ravichandran Ashwin operated in their Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) on Monday, deliberately dragging his bat inside the safe zone to avoid becoming a victim of ‘Mankading’.

The incident happened during the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Warner was seen taking precaution by staying inside the crease during Ashwin’s over. (ALSO READ: R Ashwin dupes Jos Buttler: Five times that ‘mankading’ made headlines)

Warner, who was at the non-striker’s end, kept dragging his bat inside the safe zone to ensure that he does not become Ashwin’s ‘Mankad’ victim.

The Australian’s antics was quickly picked up by the cameras and replayed on the big screen. The clip of the incident was later uploaded by the official IPL website.

Earlier in the tournament, off-spinner Ashwin had dismissed Rajasthan RoyalsJos Buttler without giving him a prior warning and that had attracted a lot of criticism from across the cricket fraternity. (ALSO READ: Jos Buttler vows ‘never again’ while calling for Mankad law overhaul)

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 as against the “spirit of the game.”