It’s been almost a year since that infamous mankading of Jos Buttler by Ravichandran Ashwin during an IPL match that gave rise to an intense debate with polar opposite opinions on the validity of the dismissal. Also Read - Smriti Mandhana Reveals Her Crush is Hrithik Roshan During COVID-19 Lockdown
The parties involved at that time stood their grounds in their respective interpretation of the incident, they seem to have now moved on from it and even putting a funny spin on it. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Congregation: BJP MP Says it Was Planned 'Corona Jihad'
While Ashwin, the then Kings XI Punjab captain, has recalled that incident to urge people to stay indoors in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Buttler, who is contracted to Rajasthan Royals. too has made a lighthearted comment admitting he has received tons of messages regarding it. Also Read - COVID-19: Viswanathan Anand, Koneru Humpy to Play Online Exhibition Event to Raise Funds
When asked who he will like to be self-isolated with during a podcast on Sky Sports, Buttler responded, ” “Ravi Ashwin, probably. It’s actually a year ago since I got ‘mankaded’ because I keep getting tweeted about it, saying ‘stay safe, don’t go outside’ with those pictures of me.”
Meanwhile, clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over IPL 2020 with Indian government issuing a complete lockdown for 21 days to contain the spread of COVID-19. Buttler though is hopeful the season will go one, even if it’s a curtailed version.
“No news at the moment. We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It’s very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don’t see that as a possibility at the moment. Obviously, it’s such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully some of it can go ahead – perhaps a shortened tournament,” Buttler said.
England has also gone into lockdown amid rising cases of coronavirus in the country.
The 29-year-old is making full use of the forced break to spend quality time with his family.
“Obviously, very strange circumstances, but it’s actually quite nice to spend some time at home, be with our little girl and actually just be a dad for a bit. I’ve also been doing some Pilates with my Mrs, in my cricket gear,” he said.
“The calendar is always so busy, so you’re trying to find times when you can get a bit of a break, so I’m trying to use the time as a positive – although, of course, it’s really unfortunate circumstances and very tough for everyone,” he added.