Let the cricket world judge Ashwin’s actions: RR Coach
Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has been heavily criticized all over the cricket world after mankading Jos Buttler.
Rajasthan Royals’ head coach Paddy Upton said the cricket world to judge Ashwin’s actions and asked his team to maintain their dignity.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Upton said –
“Jos Buttler was amazing while he was batting and for a lot of the game we batted like we wanted and really set ourselves up for victory. I thought the players were able to stay focussed and reset themeselves after that run out. I was very happy with the players themselves, the way they acted and responded to that situation. And our concious decision was to hold our heads up high and maintain our dignity as a team.”
“I think R Ashwin’s actions tonight speak for him and represent him. When I looked in the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates. We’ll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of thing they want to see, and we’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. But for us, we certainly are here just to play cricket and entertain the fans and just be good role models for people who love the game,” the coach added.
As far as the cricket world is concerned, majority of the people including the cricket experts aren’t happy with Ashwin’s actions and it was not in the right spirits of the game.
However, Ashwin on his part, defended himself and said that he saw Buttler leave the crease even before he could load up to bowl and that the decision to mankad him was instinctive.