Only a couple of days ago Ravichandran Ashwin shared a hilarious post to urge his fellow citizens to stay at home amid the lockdown imposed in India due to Coronavirus. It had a joke related to the mankading incident that happened between Ashwin and Jos Buttler in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Now, the Englishman has responded with a bit of banter of his own, citing that he’d gladly have Ashwin partner him in the quarantine.
Ashwin had infamously mankaded Buttler, after which the Indian bowler received widespread criticism, including that of RR head coach Paddy Upton, as it is considered a low blow in cricket.
Jos Buttler names Ravichandran Ashwin as his quarantine partner:
In a recent interview with SkySports, the English wicket-keeper batsman was asked about to choose his quarantine partner, and Buttler obliged by taking the Indian bowler’s name.
He said, “Ravi Ashwin, probably. It’s actually a year ago since I got ‘mankaded’ because I keep getting tweeted about it, saying ‘stay safe, don’t go outside’ with those pictures of me.”
The two seems have developed a bit of fondness for each other after their controversy last season. Not that cricket fans will mind the hilarious banter though.
In the meantime though, the future of IPL remains clouded as Coronavirus has forced India into a 21-day lockdown.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saw fit to postpone the upcoming season until April 15, but it with the situation in India showing no improvements, early signs suggest that the IPL will have to be suspended indefinitely.
So far, more than 650 people have tested positive for Coronavirus, while the death toll has risen to 16.