Kings XI Punjab’s captain Ravichandran Ashwin has caused quite a stir recently in the match against Rajasthan Royals. He ‘mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals’ batsman Jos Buttler on Monday.
Some criticised Ashwin’s this move saying he violated the spirit of cricket while some argued that it was a legitimate decision. Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne went so far as to call Ashwin’s act as “a disgraceful and low act”.
However, the victim of Ashwin’s Mankading, Jos Buttler has broken his silence on this issue and said that he was disappointed by Aswin. He said the incident weighed down on him in the next matches as well.
“At the time, I was really disappointed with it. I didn’t like the style of it,” Buttler has told Daily Mirror.
“I think if you look at the footage, probably the wrong decision was made because at the time he (Ashwin) was expected to release the ball I was in my crease,” he said.
“What was more disappointing is that suddenly over the next two games I found myself being really conscious of it and it is quite distracting,” Buttler said.
“That is why it was nice to get some runs in the win and get back to thinking about batting and not worrying about how I back up at the non-striker’s end,” he added.
He then concluded that there needs to be a grey area regarding the Mankading law and more clarity needs to be provided.
“There is a bit of a grey area in saying ‘when a bowler is expected to release the ball’. That is a bit of a wishy-washy statement,” he said.