"No Real Argument": Ravichandran Ashwin Defiant Amid 'Mankad' Controversy During RR vs KXIP Clash
Ravichandran Ashwin was in no mood of taking the criticism lying down and said that his actions were well within the rules of he game.
Ravichandran Ashwin stood firm on his decision to 'mankad' Jos Buttler during the RR vs KXIP IPL 2019 clash, even as his actions received widespread criticism. Ashwin said it was not a planned decision and came instinctively to him. The Kings XI Punjab captain was in no mood to take the criticism lying down and said that his actions were well within the rules of he game and there was no question of any unsportsmanlike behaviour. Jos Buttler's dismissal turned the tide of the game in Kings XI Punjab's favour with the hosts falling short by 14 runs in the end.
A fuming Buttler had walked off the field, making his displeasure known. But Ashwin said it was nothing more than an instinctive decision.
"No real argument to that. On my part it was very instinctive. It was not planned or anything like that. It was within the rules of the game. I don't know where the understanding of the spirit of the game comes because quite naturally if it is there within the rules of the game then it's there. So probably, the rules need to be sorted," said Ashwin in the post-match press conference.
"I actually didn't load and he left the crease. That's always been my take on it because it's my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn't even looking at me and he just left the place," the KXIP skipper explained.
While Rajasthan lost from a position of strength, Ashwin said such dismissals against the run of play does have an effect on the opposition.
"We ended on the right side of the coin, but I definitely think that those are game-changing moments," he said.
Apart from the controversy, Ashwin was brilliant with the ball in hand. The Punjab skipper took one wicket and gave away just 20 runs off his four overs.
"We all know that after six overs it is going to slow down and gives a bit for the bowlers. Credit to bowlers on how they bowled. I have been working on a lot of variations, so pretty pleased that it came out. Also, getting the ball to duck back into the right-hander was a big plus," he said.
Ashwin was all praise for his bowlers who performed exceptionally in the final few overs of the match to restrict Rajasthan to 170 for nine.
"Lots of pluses. (Mohammed) Shami's form, Ankit's (Rajpoot) ability to bowl and come back into the game. Mujeeb (ur Rehman) delivered the goods. Sam (Curran) had a bad day with the ball, but he came back well. Everybody ticked their boxes. We do have a few options amongst our midst, but if we can have good five overs, there is nothing like it," added Ravichandran Ashwin.
(With IANS Inputs)