The IPL is never short of entertainment and headlines. On most occasions, it is the cricketing action that sets the trends on the social media. However, the recent match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab has given a serious talking point to the fans and the critics. During the 4th match of the season, KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed RR batter Jos Buttler by ‘mankading’ him.
The decision to do so certainly did not fetch him praises from the cricketing fraternity. Buttler tried to talk this out with Ashwin, but the KXIP skipper never had second thoughts about his appeal, or perhaps about considering a withdrawal of appeal. The replays confirmed that Ashwin had caught Buttler short of his crease at the non-striker end and the Englishman had to walk back to the pavilion.
Among the many who criticised the sportsmanship, or perhaps the lack of it, from Ashwin, was English skipper Eoin Morgan. Morgan joined the likes of Jason Roy, Dale Steyn, and many others, to slam Ashwin for his poor decision on the field. He exclaimed that it is quite unbelievable that Ashwin actually did something of this sort. He remarked that the Indian veteran has certainly set a wrong example for the youngsters watching the game. Morgan added that Ashwin will surely regret this decision at some point of his career.
Here is what Eoin Morgan tweeted:
“I can’t believe what I’m seeing!! @IPL Terrible example to set for young kids coming through. In time I think Ashwin will regret that,” Eoin Morgan wrote in his tweet.
I can’t believe what I’m seeing!! @IPL Terrible example to set for young kids coming through. In time I think Ashwin will regret that.— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) March 25, 2019
Mitch McClenaghan joins the discussion
New Zealand pacer Mitch McClenaghan, who is playing for Mumbai Indians in the tournament, was also closely following the game. The pacer commented on the tweet posted by Eoin Morgan. McClenaghan noted that it would be interesting to see how Mike Hesson, the KXIP coach, would react to this in the press conference. It is worth noting that Hesson coached the New Zealand cricket team that is renowned for showing exceptional spirit of the game.