Had decided in presence of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni not to ‘Mankad’ batsman in IPL - Chairman Rajeev Shukla
Ashwin was in his final over when he decided to pause before delivering the fifth ball, Jos Buttler was looking at the batsman’s end and dragged his bat out of the crease, following which the bowler whipped off the bails.
Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin reignited the spirit of the game debate in Jaipur when he Mankaded Jos Buttler in the fourth match of the ongoing Indian Premier League.
A day after the incident, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla took to Twitter and said that it had been decided in one of the meetings between Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni that the non-striker will never be run out even if there’s an opportunity for the bowlers.
“If I remember in one of the meetings of captains & match referee where I was also present as chairman it had been decided that if non striking batsman steps out bowler as a courtesy will not run him out @IPL @BCCI,” Shukla tweeted.
“Most probably this meeting was in Kolkata on the eve of one of the editions of ipl where Dhoni and Virat both were present @BCCI @IPL,” he further added.
Ashwin was in his final over when he decided to pause before delivering the fifth ball, Jos Buttler was looking at the batsman’s end and dragged his bat out of the crease, following which the bowler whipped off the bails. This was then referred to the third umpire who asked the batsman to leave the field.
It sparked a huge uproar and divided the cricketing world. While Ashwin maintained that he had acted according to the laws of the game, former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne slammed the offie for this disgraceful act.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ashwin said of the incident: “Look, it was very instinctive. On my part, it was very instinctive. It was not planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t understand where the spirit of the game comes, naturally if it’s there in the rules it’s there.”
“So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball - so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI - this a not a good look for the #IPL,” Warne wrote on Twitter.
First Published: Mar 26, 2019 16:41:46