Brisbane, Feb 22: India's stand-in captain Virender Sehwag has revealed that the off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin had warned Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne before running him out while backing up too far during the tri-series One Day International in Brisbane on Tuesday.
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The incident which happened in the 40th over of Sri Lankan innings, saw Ashwin taking the bails off after noticing Thirimanne backing too far and going out of the crease. As the Chennai spinner appealed to umpire Paul Reiffel of Australia, he further consulted senior colleague Billy Bowden (New Zealand) before going to Sehwag.
The umpires asked Sehwag whether he was serious about the appeal and Sachin Tendulkar also intervened there as India withdrew appeal.
Thirimanne, who was on 44 at the time, continued and top scored for a run-a-ball 66.
In the post-match press conference Sehwag answered questions on the "Mankaded" incident.
"I think Ashwin warned him, once in the previous over and then in next over. He took the bails off and appealed, umpires discussed and asked me. I said we could give him one more warning and if he does it again, we will go for that," Sehwag said.
According to the laws of the game, Indian team was right in running the left-hander out. But the team decided to play in the game in the right spirit and let Thirimanne off. However, the Sri Lankan continued to leave the crease later but finally was dismissed by Ashwin.
"Ashwin did appeal. Umpires consulted. Since Billy Bowden was the senior umpire, he (Paul Reiffel) asked me and discussed with me. He said it's your call now, if you appeal now, we can give him out. I took the decision that we could give him one more warning," Sehwag added.
"If we appealed and umpires gave him out, then somebody would criticise that it was not in the spirit of the game. So we gave him one more warning."
Sri Lanka won the match by 51 runs after scoring 289/6 in 50 overs. India were bowled out for 238 in 45.1 overs.