Erapalli Prasanna severely criticises Ashwin, says the bowler is guilty but not accepting it
Slamming Ashwin, Prasanna said that even a boy playing school-level cricket wouldn't do that.
Updated - Mar 26, 2019 9:55 pm
The skipper of the Kings XI Punjab, Ravichandran Ashwin ‘mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler, inflicting a big blow to the Ajinkya Rahane-led side in their chase of 185 runs at their home ground. Jos Buttler had given Rajasthan Royals a flying start in their run-chase and looked good to take the team home after scoring a half century.
However, his dismissal was one of the most controversial dismissals of the IPL. Ashwin dismantled the bails when Buttler was at the non-striker’s end and outside the line, and Punjab made an appeal for ‘mankading’. Kings XI went on to register a 14-run win over the Royals, and Ashwin had to bear the brunt of what social media thought was unfair to the batsman.
Even the BCCI said that the spinner should have maintained decorum. Ashwin, on his part, said that he ‘mankaded’ Buttler instinctively, and in the heat of the moment. Indian spin great Erapalli Prasanna on Tuesday said that Ashwin was lying if he said he ‘mankaded’ instinctively.
“He is feeling guilty and he is trying to cover up. I don’t think he is clear to himself. He is bluffing. He is not telling the truth,” Prasanna was quoted as saying TOI.
Ashwin stopped after getting into his delivery stride when he saw Buttler out of the crease, turned around and removed the bails. This was seen as intentional and unacceptable by the majority of the fans and the like.
Even a school cricketer would know rules
Further slamming Ashwin, Prasanna said that even a boy playing school-level cricket will know that a batsman has to be warned before being ‘mankaded’
“I (Ashwin) did it in the heat of the moment, all these things does not apply. Even a school cricketer knows, a batsman has to be cautioned. It has to be fair play. Most important point is, such an action is taken after cautioning the non-striker, telling him that he is leaving the crease much before the ball is delivered,” the former Indian cricketer added.