The world of cricket splintered into the judgement of their own when a certain Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Rajasthan batsman Jos Buttler through mankading; a way what many termed as against the ethics of the game.
A lot was said about the incident and it was Ashwin who landed himself in the soup, receiving heavy backlash from the fans as well as from the former players. Speaking about the incident, the England batsman reflected what was his immediate reaction to the event.
"I was disappointed. It doesn’t happen often in cricket, but when it does it actually is disappointing. Unfortunately, I have got out in a similar fashion before as well, so I will make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Buttler told Times of India.
Both Buttler and Ashwin were seen exchanging some words and when quipped about it, the former explained, “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.”
Ashwin’s reputation was through under the bus aftermath, but Buttler says “it is not for him to say.”
As far as the match was concerned, Buttler’s dismissal was the turned point for Punjab.
Chasing 185, Buttler had given his team a brilliant start. The fall though began from when the scorecard read 148/2. It was at this point when Rajasthan slipped. Their middle order collapsed and in no time, they were 164/9.