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Jos Buttler finally speaks over “mankading” issue

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Rajasthan Royals Batsman Jos Buttler unusual run out (mankading) by Ravichandran Ashwin was a big surprise for cricketing world. However, Ashwin had the every legal right to do this but as a respectable cricketer it was not expected by him. The incident took place in RR vs KXIP match in IPL 2019. The incident took place in the 13th over while RR was batting. Ashwin while bowling his fourth and last over of the spell, stopped and took the bails off from non-striker end wickets while Jos Buttler was out of the crease. As per the law, the third umpire declared Jos Buttler out. However, as per the spirit of game these types of decisions have always raised eyebrows.

It was expected from Jos Buttler to release a statement about this incident. But he did not say anything about this incident, even after playing many matches after that match. Finally he spoke about this incident and said that it was probably a wrong decision to declare him out. He also said that there should be some clarity regarding this law, and the law is “wishy washy”.

Jos Buttler said

“Of course a Mankading has to be in the Laws of the game because a batsman can’t just run halfway down the pitch trying to get a headstart, But I do think, the way the law is written, there is a bit of a grey area in that saying ‘when a bowler is expected to release the ball’. That is a bit of a wishy-washy statement. If you look at the footage, probably the wrong decision was made because at the time he was expected to release the ball I was in my crease.

At the time I was really disappointed with it. I didn’t like the style of it. I just thought it was a bad precedent at the start of the tournament. For the tournament itself. It was a really disappointing way to start the tournament. So, I didn’t like what happened and I didn’t agree with it, but what can you do? After a day or so I was pretty relaxed about it and I’ll make sure it never happens again. It won’t happen again.”

Buttler also said he was quite distracted after this incident, he said “What was more disappointing is that suddenly, over the next two games, I found myself being really conscious of it and it is quite distracting,” he said. “It is so rare that you’re not normally thinking about it. I must be the only person to get out twice in that way. It distracted me for the next couple of games which is why it was nice to get some runs in the win and get back to thinking about batting and not worrying about how I back up at the non-striker’s end.”

On the issue of spirit of game buttler said

“I do generally walk, that is something else where the spirit of cricket is involved. Is it in the spirit of cricket to not walk? Most people’s take is that the umpire’s there to make a decision and that is how it should be. I had hope, whether it was a written thing or not, that players – as custodians of the game, role models to young kids and professional people – would carry themselves in a certain way.”

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