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Ravichandran Ashwin. Photo by: Rahul Gulati /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India official has stated that Ravichandran Ashwin should have maintained the decorum of the game. Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has drawn a lot of flak for Mankading Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler. Meanwhile, the BCCI official has lashed at Ashwin as he believes the cricketing skills should be used to dismiss the opposition batsmen.

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin was within the laws to dismiss Jos Buttler. The Rajasthan Royals opener was out of his crease when Ashwin had dislodged the bails at the non-striker’s end. Subsequently, the third umpire Bruce Oxenford gave the decision in the favour of the Kings XI Punjab.

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R Ashwin mankading Buttler (Credits: BCCI)

Ashwin has drawn a lot of flak.

“The match officials have failed in their duty with the handling of this issue. Buttler ought to have been adjudged not out if the laws were applied squarely to the situation. Ashwin also must understand that laws and the spirit of the game both have to be kept in mind.

“A player is supposed to deceive the other with his cricketing skills and not with shady skills. If the batsman is taking advantage, deal with it in the right way – as a gentleman. Competitiveness is all very well but a standard of decorum ought to be maintained,” the official said as quoted by IANS.

Meanwhile, the official believes Mankading is similar to backstabbing someone. Consequently, the players who have done Mankading have always been criticised.

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“This mode of dismissal is akin to back-stabbing. That is why it will always be criticized. It gets you the result, but you surely won’t win a popularity contest this way,” he said.

On the other hand, the BCCI official lashed out at Jos Buttler. The England gloveman didn’t shake hands with Ravichandran Ashwin and it was not within the spirit of the game.

“Buttler not shaking hands with Ashwin after the game was also against the spirit of the game. Both these things are inexcusable where the spirit of the game is concerned,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the likes of Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan have lashed out at the actions of Ravichandran. At the end of the day, Ashwin was within the rights to dismiss Jos Buttler and he was playing by the books. Subsequently, the laws of the game and the spirit of the game are two different facets.

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