3 Selfish acts in the history of IPL
There have been some instances in today's games as well when players have kept aside their selflessness and the fighting spirit and let their selfish side take control over them.
Published - Jan 28, 2020 8:14 pm | Updated - Jan 28, 2020 8:14 pm
With the evolution of T20 cricket, one thing that the sport has witnessed is the great presence of fighting spirit among the players. It could well be due to the fast-paced environment and the intensity of the shortest format which keep them on their toes every time they take to field.
The same has transferred into the other formats as well as Test cricket nowadays are likely to end with a result more than ever. Thus in modern cricket one expects winning spirit and a selfless approach from every player.
But not every day is the same and there have been some instances in today’s games as well when players have kept aside their selflessness and the fighting spirit and let their selfish side take control over them. In the following lines, we take a look at three such incidents that have happened in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in recent times.
1. Ravichandran Ashwin mankading Jos Buttler
The first on the list has to be the then Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin’s mankading of Rajasthan Royals batsman, Jos Buttler, during the 2019 edition of the IPL. The incident led to one of the most-talked-about controversies of cricket in recent times.
Buttler was hammering the Punjab bowlers all over the ground and looked threatening enough to take the match away from them. But on the other hand, Ashwin, who is considered as a highly street-smart player, had already noticed Buttler going out of the crease a few times at the non-striker’s end and did not hesitate to take the bails down when he finally got the chance.
It created a major furore at the middle with the English wicketkeeper-batsman finding it hard to believe what Ashwin did to him. However, what Ashwin did was nothing against the law and Buttler had to leave the field. But many former cricketers and pundits called it against the spirit of the game and tagged the incident as a selfish one.