Former Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson has shared his views regarding the ‘Mankad’ incident. The controversy happened in the fourth IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.
The match was overshadowed by controversy when Ravi Ashwin dismissed Jos Buttler in a legal but controversial manner. The Mankad run-out is within the laws of the game but is regarded as against the spirit of the game.
It was the fifth ball of the 13th over of Rajasthan Royals. Ashwin was bowling his last over when he momentarily stopped in his delivery stride. Buttler, who was at the non-striker’s end, walked out of the crease before the ball was released.
Seeing this Ashwin took the bails off and appealed. Third umpire gave Buttler out who was at that moment batting at 69. He walked off the crease in anger and the cricketing world also reacted to the incident.
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Johnson believes it’s not cheating
While many slammed Ashwin for this act, there were many who supported him as it is within the laws. Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson, who previously played for Kings XI Punjab, too shared his views. He said that it wasn’t cheating but personally he would warn the batsman previously.
“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??,” Mitchell Johnson wrote.
Meanwhile the ‘Mankading’ incident turned out to be a turning point in the game. At that time of the incident Rajasthan Royals were 108 for 1 in pursuit of 185. But soon they experienced a collapse and eventually finished on 170 for 9.