IPL 2019: Mitchell Johnson Reveals His 'Thoughts On The Mankad'

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IPL 2019: Mitchell Johnson Reveals His ‘Thoughts On The Mankad’ 

IPL 2019: Mitchell Johnson Reveals His ‘Thoughts On The Mankad’
Jos Buttler and Ravichandran Ashwin (Credits: IPL)

Former Australia and Kings XI Punjab pacer Mitchell Johnson has joined the long list of present and former cricketers giving their views on the Mankad controversy.

Controversy and IPL go hand-in-hand. In the past eleven seasons of the competition, there have been numerous examples of incidents that made the news for all the wrong reasons. Well, the first controversy of this season took place on Monday during the fourth game of the season between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur.

The game was progressing smoothly with the hosts looking on course to start their campaign on a winning note. Chasing 185, the Royals were 108 for 1 in the 13th over with Jos Buttler taking the Kings XI attack to the cleaners. The wicketkeeper-batsman had already hit ten fours and two sixes during his 69-run knock before Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin ‘Mankaded’ him.

On the fifth ball of the 13th over, Ashwin spotted Buttler leaving the non-striker’s crease before the ball was bowled and had immediately dislodged the bails. After a while the third umpire gave his decision in the favour of the bowler, leaving Buttler mighty frustrated and angry. Ever since the incident took place, the cricketing world is busy debating over it.

Jos Buttler, R Ashwin, Mitchell Johnson
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And now Mitchell Johnson has joined the debate. Johnson, who helped Kings XI Punjab make it to the IPL final in 2014, said that there was nothing wrong with Ashwin’s act. He also said that it was not against the spirit of the game, tweeting:

“My thoughts on the Mankad. Its not cheating, it’s not against the spirit as it’s in the rules you can do it. Personally I would warn someone if I was to do it but the batsman should also play fair by staying behind the crease. It’s a bit like the underarm serve in tennis right??”

Buttler’s dismissal proved costly for the Royals as they slipped to a 14-run defeat despite being in a strong position for the majority of the game. Chasing 185, they eventually finished on 170 for 9.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ashwin  also shared his views on the incident:

“Look, it was very instinctive. On my part, it was very instinctive. It was not planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t understand where the spirit of the game comes, naturally if it’s there in the rules it’s there.

“I don’t understand the point of sporting or sportive in that point because it’s rules. What applies for one man does not apply for everyone else. Neither was Jos Buttler playing there nor was I played so it’s very pertinent to just not compare two people,” he said.

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