Ashwin recalls how his former IPL team fast bowler disobeyed his instructions on “mankading”
The IPL 2019 was famous for Ashwin’s ” mankading ” of Jos Buttler. In the first leg match between Punjab and Rajasthan. Ashwin ran out Buttler at the non striker’s end after stopping in his delivery stride on finding Buttler out of the crease and this led to a huge controversy in the whole cricket world with varying opinions amongst cricket experts. Ashwin recalls how his former IPL team fast bowler disobeyed his instructions on “mankading”.
Recently in an interview, Ashwin disclosed another instance in the same year after 15 days in the match against Mumbai Indians which went down to the wire. MI needed 2 runs off the final ball and Rahul Chahar was batting with Alzarri Joseph. Ashwin said that he spoke to the bowler Ankit Rajpoot to keep track of the non-striker. As he is bound to back up too far trying to pinch the 2 runs in which case Rajpoot should stop in his stride and affect the runout ( mankading).
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On this advice Rajpoot disagreed and refused to carry out the instructions of his senior. As he said that he will never do that as it would again create a huge controversy and he will be made a villain.
Rajpoot could not defend the 2 runs off the last ball and MI won in sensational fashion chasing down 198.