Dubai, Apr 4:British batting star Jos Buttler has finally spoken up on the Mankading controversy between him and Ravichandran Ashwin in Rajasthan Royals' season-opener against Kings XI Punjab and asserted the third-umpire's decision was fallacious.
Buttler was mankaded by Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin in Royals’ season-opener, and it cost them the match as they fell 14 short of the target. Buttler had been batting on 69 off 43 balls then.
"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," ESPNcricinfo quoted Buttler as saying.
"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," he added.
As is customary, the dismissal caused furore across the cricketing community and polarised opinion, bringing into focus the sporting spirit of the gentleman's game. However, nothing demonstrated the ambiguity surrounding the law more than the MCC, the makers of the law, themselves changing their 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 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. 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,' he added.
"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," he further said.
However, opinions were divided after Ashwin's Mankading act. Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen and Dale Steyn slammed Ashwin while Shane Warne disagreed and termed disgusting while on the other side Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle and Murali Karthik felt there was nothing wrong with what Ashwin did (UNI)