Buttler was furious with Ashwin over the dismissal (Pictures: Getty / Star Gold)Ravi Ashwin has defended himself after controversially ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler in Kings XI Punjab’s win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Monday evening.
The Englishman was well set for a big score, hitting 69 off 43 balls to help the Royals to 108-1 in the 12th over as they chased 184.
But as Ashwin ran up to bowl his next delivery, he stopped at the very end of his action and ran out Buttler at the non-striker’s end, who had barely left his crease and reacted furiously.
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‘Mankading’ – named after Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad who did it first in 1947 – is not illegal, though many believe it goes against the spirit of the game.
Buttler had not been looking to gain an advantage, nor had Ashwin warned him beforehand, but the Indian bowler defended his actions afterwards.
‘It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t even load. He left the crease – that’s it. That’s always been my take on it because that’s my half of the crease,’ he told Star Gold.
Asked if he waited for Buttler to leave the crease, Ashwin added: ‘Not really, I didn’t even load. I wasn’t even at the crease. He just left the crease.’
Royals coach Paddy Upton was less than impressed with Ashwin’s actions and revealed that he would be speaking to the 32-year-old after the match.
‘I think Ashwin’s actions tonight speak for him and represent him. When I looked in the eyes of his team-mates, I’m not sure it represented them,’ he said.
Buttler had barely left his crease when Ashwin knocked off the bails (Picture: Star Gold)‘We will leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that is what they want to see and leave it up to the cricket world to judge Ashwin’s actions.
‘But for us we certainly want to play cricket, entertain the fans and be good role models for people who love the game.’
Buttler has previous with being ‘Mankaded’, having been run out in similar fashion while playing for England in an ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2014, with Sachithra Senanayake the culprit that time.
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