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IPL 2019 | It was Pretty Instinctive: Ashwin on Buttler Run Out

Cricketnext Staff | March 26, 2019, 7:01 PM IST

Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin defended the controversial Jos Buttler dismissal, calling it instinctive and within the rules of the game.

Buttler was at his destructive best, batting on 69 off 43 balls when he was 'mankaded' by Ashwin in the 13th over.

"There is no real argument I feel and it was pretty instinctive from my side. Buttler had left the crease even before I loaded to bowl, he wasn't even looking and just left the crease. That has always been my take on the issue as it's my side of the crease (mankading). We ended on the right side there but these are always game-changing moments," said Ashwin in the post-match presentation.

"I don't understand the point of sporting or sportive in that point because it's rules. What applies for one man does not apply for everyone else. Neither was Jos Buttler playing there nor was I playing so it's very pertinent to just not compare two people.."

This is in fact not the first time Buttler has been Mankaded, having been dismissed in the same fashion in a series deciding ODI against Sri Lanka in 2014.

Talking about the game, Ashwin credited his bowlers for leading the fightback.

"We knew the wicket would slow down after first six overs but credit to the bowlers on the way they bowled. I was pleased with the way my variations came out. Shami and Ankit bowled well, Mujeeb was great too and Sam came back well despite having a bad day with the ball. Everybody ticked their boxes," he added.

Chris Gayle was named man-of-the-match for his innings of 79.

"I have been in bit of form in the England series and it's good to start IPL in such a manner." said Gayle.

"This is a really big ground and its important to score runs in the first game. What's more important is that we got a win, sometimes people write you off but its still early day and I'm enjoying my cricket. Our youngsters have got a lot to offer and they want to win the IPL for universe boss!" added Gayle.

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