IPL 2019: Ravi Ashwin responds to James Anderson criticising him for mankading Jos Buttler
He also felt that there is no point in talking about the matter but stood by his actions.
Updated - Apr 4, 2019 7:57 pm
Ever since Ravi Ashwin has mankaded Jos Buttler in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), the Kings XI Punjab skipper has been at the receiving end of all the criticism. But Ashwin has stayed put to his stance of the batsman not crossing the line before the ball is delivered and feels it is totally within the spirit of the game. Moreover, England’s pacer James Anderson has also expressed himself over the controversy rather in a very harsh way.
He shredded Ravi Ashwin’s photograph in an interview to a news channel and it was his way to come down hard at the off-spinner. However, as soon as the video of the same went viral, Anderson was lashed out by the Indian fans even as the cricketing fraternity stayed divided over the mankading controversy.
Ashwin is known to not mince his words and when asked about Anderson criticising for the infamous mankading act, the off-spinner rather came up with an interesting response.
He might end up doing it tomorrow
“Today Jimmy Anderson might feel that whatever I did was wrong, maybe tomorrow he might end up doing it. Who knows, it is all a question of perception of right and wrong. I don’t think in this case it is necessary because it is in the law and I did,” Ravi Ashwin said while speaking exclusively to Aaj Tak.
Moreover, he also went on to add that all the criticism has distracted him at all and has stayed quiet deliberately in this matter. Ashwin also feels that if he speaks more on the issue, there will be more people talking about it and the cricketers doesn’t want it to happen.
“Whatever I say will raise some eyebrows in terms of what my opinion on that is. That is why I didn’t feel the necessity to explain myself as well. A rule is a rule and it there is the book for everyone to use. The only factor which sort of makes me uncomfortable is how the bowling community is being victimized,” he added.