Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has received severe backlash on the social media from the fans as well as former cricketers for his recent ugly looking ‘Mankading’ incident in the IPL 2019 game against Rajasthan Royals (RR). During the second innings of the match, Ashwin ‘Mankaded’ RR wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, which invited a whole lot of controversies. In the aftermath of the scandal, most of the fans were of the opinion that Ashwin’s disgraceful act was surely in accordance with the rules and regulations of the game, but it was truly against the spirit of the game.
Royals’ wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler became the first player to be 'Mankaded' in the IPL history. The strange occurring took place when Ashwin shockingly whipped off the bails before even delivering the ball with Buttler standing out of the crease at the non-striker's end. After the controversial ‘Mankading’ appeal, Buttler was forced to walk back to the pavilion, but clearly Buttler and the Jaipur crowd were not at all convinced with the decision and condemned Ashwin's disgraceful actions.
Buttler brings an end to the showdown
During a recent conversation, Buttler mentioned that all the talks about the controversial happening are done now. He reckoned that he has moved on now and does not want to think about the same. “But it’s all done now, and I have moved on,” Buttler was quoted as saying in a conversation with the Times of India.
Buttler noted that he even had a conversation with Ashwin after that ‘Mankading’ dismissal and asked him whether he really wished to play the game. The English cricketer stated that Ashwin has his own opinion and he is ought to do so.
“I just asked him if he really wishes to play the game that way. Whether he thought it was the right thing to do. And he obviously thought it was, in his opinion,” he added.
Buttler also mentioned that many players in the past have earned a call-up to the England team through the IPL. “Through IPL, many players have got a chance to play in the England Test team. Coming here and playing in the biggest tournament in the world and winning against the best players in this high-pressure environment, you also gain a lot of confidence,” Buttler concluded.