GK: Couple of other things happened in the course of this tournament. The hugely contentious one was the Mankad, completely split the World community down the middle. Let me ask you, as a bowler in Ashwin's shoes, would you have done that?
AK: No, I wouldn't have done that but at the same time I don't think we should go hammer and tong with Ashwin because he is entitled to run a batsman out if he feels that he's taking undue advantage. We've seen the technology being there. We saw MS Dhoni's stumping of Shreyas Iyer, he was a millimetre up. If the technology wasn't there, I don't think any umpire would've given Shreyas Iyer out. Like that, we've seen a lot of run-outs. By a whisker, a batsman has been saved and batsmen have been run-out. So, if you're getting the advantage at the non-striker end, then obviously it's a part of the rules. I think that's one agenda point in the cricket committee, where we're looking to change the name of this, we don't want Vinoo Mankad to be associated with this.
Again, you talk about the spirit of the game. I don't think it's got anything to do with the spirit of the game. So, it should come under the laws of run-out and it should remain there. Currently, it comes under unfair play. So, that's a change you'd want to see. But otherwise, if you don't have this rule then every batsman will be running too far ahead. You don't want that either. If a bowler goes by a millimetre and we spoke about technology coming in. For Malinga, we're discussing that he probably went over the line by half an inch, whereas a batsman has gone 6 inches ahead and we're blaming the bowler. So, I guess it's the art of acceptance and in today's cricket when the stakes are too high, everybody looks to play the game according to the rules and I think it's only fair that all of these matters are looked at. Yes, you need the spirit of the game because it's extremely essential. You want that not just applicable to this one event, where you're isolating it and then trying to look at it, it needs to encompass the whole game itself. So, the spirit of the game encompasses the whole game. The rules need to be aligned and the players need to align to the rules.
GK: So, the argument that was made by several players at that time, former players as well is that in that situation it's almost mandatory upon the bowler to first warn and then execute it. Do you buy that?
AK: No. I don't think so. There's no rule that you need to warn now, there used to be before. That was again something that the player did. So, I don't think there's any such thing that they need to warn. Like I said, if I was a bowler would I have done it? Not really. So, it all depends on that individual and I don't think we need to really go in depth and crucify either Jos Buttler or Ashwin in this instance.