IPL 2019: Ben Stokes on whether he would ever Mankad Virat Kohli

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 13:51 IST File photo of India captain Virat Kohli (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes reacted to the IPL 2019 Mankad controversy with a witty tweetStokes revealed he has been receiving a lot of mentions on social media even as the cricket fraternity is discussing the mankad incidentR Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler on Monday, prompting critical social media reactionsIt seems Ben Stokes has had enough of controversies in his cricket career. The England all-rounder has clarified well in advance that he would “never ever ever…” mankad India captain Virat Kohli even if he gets an opportunity to do so in the 2019 World Cup.”Hopefully I’m playing in the World Cup final and if @imVkohli is batting when I’m bowling I would never ever ever ever ever ever…..just clarifying to the mentions I’ve received. #hallabol,” Stokes wrote on Twitter.Ben Stokes’ statement comes after Shane Warne posed a question to his social media followers as to how the cricket fraternity would have reacted if Stokes mankaded Kohli at the World Cup.Warne had ranted about the first-ever instance of mankading in Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday. The legendary leg-spinner blasted Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin for coming up with a “disgraceful and embarrassing” act of running out Buttler at the non-striker’s end without giving him a prior warning.Sorry – one more thing to add. If Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli it would be ok ? I’m just very disappointed in Ashwin as I thought he had integrity & class. Kings lost a lot of supporters tonight. Especially young boys and girls ! I do hope the BCCI does somethingShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019Warne took a dig at Indian experts, including Harsha Bhogle, for backing R Ashwin even as social media was divided over the makading incident from the fourth match of IPL 2019 in Jaipur.advertisement”Harsha, if that had of been an international player you would have nailed him! Please do not be bias & stick up for your own. Any player in the game that does that to anyone is an embarrassment to the game & as captain it’s even more disgraceful!” Warne had written.’If Virat Kohli was mankaded, would you be supportive?’Similarly, slamming experts who had backed Ashwin, former England captain Michael Vaughan asked if they would support a bowler who mankads superstar cricketer, Virat Kohli.I would say to all India ex players/Pundits who are supportive of what R Ashwin did … If @imVkohli was Batting would you be so supportive !!??? #NightAll #IPL #OnONMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019It all began when Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler during Rajasthan Royal’s unsuccessful chase of 185 in their IPL 2019 encounter in Jaipur. Buttler was visibly miffed at Ashwin when the third umpire, who was called in, ruled him out when he striking the ball cleanly as ever.After Buttler departed for 69 from 43 balls, the Royals suffered a collapse, losing their last seven wickets for just 22 runs. Jos Buttler became the first batsman to be mankaded in IPL cricket (Kings XI Punjab Photo)Despite being under the pump, skipper Ashwin defended his act, saying he played by the rules when he ran Buttler out at the non-striker’s end.”It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he (Buttler) left the crease,” Ashwin said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Monday.”That’s always been my take on it because it’s my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn’t even looking at me and he just left the place,” Ashwin said.Also Read | What is Mankading? All you need to know about the controversial cricket ruleAlso Read | IPL chairman reveals league decided against mankading batsmen as ‘courtesy’Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Virat KohliFollow Mankad controversyFollow IPL 2019Follow MankadingFollow R AshwinFollow Jos ButtlerFollow Rajasthan Royals IPL 2019: Ben Stokes on whether he would ever Mankad Virat KohliBen Stokes’ statement comes after Shane Warne hit back at experts backing R Ashwin’s mankading of Jos Buttler, asking how they would have reacted if Stokes had mankaded Virat Kohli at the World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

Three Iranian Navy ships arrive in Sri Lanka

During their stay in the island the crew members of ships are expected to take part in a number of programmes including cultural events and friendly sporting activities organized by the Sri Lanka Navy.On completion of their official tour, the ships are scheduled to set sail from the Colombo harbour on the 18th of this month. (Colombo Gazette) The Commanding Officers of the ships, Lieutenant Commander Mahmood Badvi, Lieutenant Commander Hasan Beygi and Lieutenant Commander Mohammad Bagher Rahnama called on the Commander of the Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne. Talks were held between both sides and mementos were also exchanged to mark the occasion. Three Iranian Navy ships, Bushehr, Lavan and Bayandore arrived at the port of Colombo on a training and goodwill visit.The Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the trio of ships in compliance with naval traditions on their arrival. read more