Jos Buttler says he 'won't be Mankaded again' following Ravi Ashwin's controversial IPL dismissal
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Last Updated: 09/04/19 1:05pm
Jos Buttler has admitted he "did not like" his 'Mankad' dismissal by Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian Premier League but insists he will not be 'Mankaded' again.
Buttler was given out during the Rajasthan Royals clash with Kings XI Punjab last month when, having already hit 69 off 43 balls, bowler Ashwin took the bails off during his run-up with the 28-year-old out of his crease.
The Lancashire and England batsman had previously been the victim of a similar dismissal playing for his country against Sri Lanka in 2014.
Speaking for the first time about the Ashwin 'Mankad', Buttler told the Daily Mirror: "At the time, I was really disappointed with it. I didn't like the style of it.
"What was more disappointing is that suddenly over the next two games I found myself being really conscious of it and it is quite distracting.
"That is why it was nice to get some runs in the win and get back to thinking about batting and not worrying about how I back up at the non-striker's end.
"I think if you look at the footage, probably the wrong decision was made because at the time he was expected to release the ball I was in my crease.
"I didn't like what happened and I didn't agree with it, but what can you do?
"I must be the only person to get out twice in that way as well! I'll make sure it never happens again."
Although Ashwin acted within the rules, it is not considered to be within the spirit of the game with Shane Warne, who works with Rajasthan, labelling the Indian bowler an "embarrassment to the game".
So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball - so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI - this a not a good look for the #IPL— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
That type of dismissal is known as a 'Mankad' after the former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad did it in a Test match against Australia in 1947.
"I didn't like what had happened," Buttler added. "I just thought it was a bad precedent at the start of the tournament.
"I'd hope, whether it was a written thing or not, that players - as custodians of the game, role models to young kids and professional people - would carry themselves in a certain way and play the game hard and competitive, but play in what I perceive to be the right way, which is in a good spirit. Play hard but fair."