Former India captain and Rajasthan Royals coach Rahul Dravid threw his weight behind Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin for ‘mankading’ Jos Buttler in a IPL-12 match on Monday night. Dravid felt that the dismissal was within the rules of the game but ideally he would have liked to ‘warn’ the batsman first.
“It’s within the laws of the game and that’s pretty clear. So I don’t have a problem with someone deciding to do it. Ashwin was well within his rights to do what he did. However, personally, I would prefer it if somebody warns someone first,” Dravid told The Times of India.
“That would be my personal choice, but I respect someone’s view to think differently. I might not agree with it necessarily, but I would just have to agree to disagree whether someone should run someone out without warning him,” he added.
Ashwin’s act has thrown up a storm on social media with legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne calling it ‘disgraceful’ and calling for BCCI to take action against the Tamil Nadu off-spinner. Dravid, currently the India U-19 and India ‘A’ coach, feels that some of the reactions have been ‘overblown’.
“I think some of the reactions were overblown. Questioning Ashwin’s character because he did that is totally wrong. He has every right to his view,” the former Royals skipper felt.
“You might not agree with it, but it was well within his rights to do it and that does not make him a bad person. Like I said, I would rather he had warned first, but if he chose not to do it, then that’s his interpretation and you can’t have issue with that,” Dravid said.
Ashwin also suggested later on that he didn’t really care for the spirit of the game but Dravid also labelled it as a personal choice.
“It is not about being a gentleman or a non-gentleman. This is not a judgement on his character, but his reading of the law. He has not cheated anybody, nor is he a bad person because he did that,” he said.
Dravid also said that he always suggests his players about warning the batsman first, although it’s up to them whether they follow the instruction or not.