Kevin Pietersen doesn’t want to be Ashwin

Former England batsman Pietersen said Ashwin will be talked about for a long time for his controversial act of ‘Mankading’ in the IPL fixture against Rajasthan Royals.

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen criticised R. Ashwin for ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler in the IPL match in Jaipur on Monday.   -  FILE PHOTO/K.R. DEEPAK

 

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen says senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will not be talked about favourably by many people for his controversial ‘Mankading’ dismissal in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals.

Kings Xi Punjab captain Ashwin, against Rajasthan Royals on Monday, ‘Mankaded’ rival batsman Jos Buttler, triggering a debate on ‘spirit of the game’

In the first in 12 editions of the IPL, Ashwin ran out a rampaging Buttler, who was at the non-strikers’ end, on his delivery stride in the 13th over, an action popularly known as ‘Mankading’.

READ| Explainer: What is ‘Mankading’?

The mode of dismissal is permissible as per ICC Rule 41.16 of playing conditions, according to which there is no need to warn the batsman as was the case in earlier times.

Buttler was going strong at 69 off 43 balls and Rajasthan steady at 108-1 while chasing 185 but the dismissal proved to be a game-changer and Kings XI eventually defeated the Royals by 14 runs.

Pietersen said Ashwin will be talked about for a long time for his controversial act.

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“I don’t see many talking favourably about what happened, leaving it up to him and leaving it up to the individual. He (Ashwin) is always going to be liable with it now because it is such a big topic and it is going to be talked about for a long time,” Pietersen said on the Star Sports Select Dugout show.

“I’ll put it this way, I don’t want to be that player, that was talked about in that circumstances,” said the 38-year-old Pietersen.

Ashwin still the best’

Indian spin great Erapalli Prasanna came to Ashwin’s rescue, saying his act of ‘Mankading’ Buttler was well within the rules of the game.

“In my opinion, he is still the best Indian spinner at the moment. Whatever he did it was well within the rules of the game,” said the 78-year-old.

“It’s not a question of whether he’s a best bowler or a best batsman. Buttler is supposed to be a star player, but can he do this unfair running before the ball is delivered?” he asked.

“Non-striker is not expected to leave the crease and take undue advantage of making the 22 yards into 20 yards before the ball is delivered.”