“Asked R Ashwin If He Wishes To Play Cricket That Way”: Jos Buttler After Mankading

Written by Vipin Darwade

Jos Buttler, who became the first batsman to be mankaded in the Indian Premier League (IPL), revealed he had confronted Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin after the match. However, the England wicketkeeper-batsman has moved on from the controversial dismissal.

“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,” Jos Buttler said on Tuesday.

The Rajasthan Royals star had a heated exchange with Ashwin after being run-out at the non-striker’s end while backing up in an incident that sparked an international debate on the “spirit of cricket”.

Buttler told a national daily that he had looked at replays and was sure he should not have been given out, “But it’s all done now and I have moved on.”

With minds already turning to the World Cup which starts May 30 soon after the IPL ends, Buttler said the title was an open race.

“We are one of the favourites. Traditionally, in World Cup, India and Australia are up there as well,” the hard-hitting batsman said.


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