Spirit of the game went years ago, it’s dog eat dog: Lloyd furious over mankad dismissal
Jos Buttler and Ravichandran Ashwin are in the spotlight after the King XI Punjab skipper mankad the English batsman.
Since the mankad dismissal, the spirit of the game has been questioned all over the cricket world and cricket experts have given their views.
England commentator David Lloyd wasn’t impressed at all with Ashwin’s action and he said that the spirit of the game died a long ago.
The statement of Lloyd says –
“There are two key things to remember with Buttler’s ‘Mankad’ dismissal in the IPL. Number 1, of paramount importance is, as batsman, don’t leave your ground. Number 2, to the bowler, don’t try and deceive the batsman. There is onus on both Buttler and Ashwin here.
But, I would argue Ashwin didn’t go about things correctly. It’s only my opinion, but I thought that Ashwin was trying to deceive the batsman.I’m just reading through the laws of the game, because the law has recently changed.
It states: ‘If the non-striker is out of his ground at any time from the moment the ball comes in to play, until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball’. What seems particularly relevant is, ‘when the bowler is normally expected to release the ball’.
It looked to me, at the precise moment of his dismissal, Ashwin had stopped in his delivery. Buttler would therefore have continued, expecting Ashwin to release the ball and not knowing that he would stop.
As for the ‘spirit of the game’? Forget it. There is none. It’s pie in the sky thinking. The spirit of the game went years ago; It’s dog eat dog.”
Majority of the cricket experts criticized Ashwin for dismissing Buttler in this fashion. However, in the end, Ashwin had the last laugh as his side won the game by 14 runs.