Jaydev Unadkat said Rajasthan Royals have moved on from the Jos Buttler ‘mankading’ incident and the team is focused on winning its next IPL 2019 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday (March 29).
Controversy erupted in the clash between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur on Monday (March 25) after R Ashwin mankaded Buttler. Post the game, the KXIP captain stated that his actions were “instinctive” and not deliberate. The MCC, the custodians of the game's laws, which had deemed the dismissal as clean, later clarified that Ashwin seemingly "paused too long" which was "not within the spirit of cricket”.
Rajasthan Royals, who were 105/1 after 12 overs in chase of 185, lost eight wickets in as many overs and suffered a 14-run defeat.
“We haven’t even mentioned it once after that day. We have moved on from that incident. It’s time that we focus on the game coming up,” said Unadkat.
“Every game is going to be crucial in a tournament like this. Mankading (controversy) has not really made any kind of impact on us and we are looking for what we can do to win the game (against Sunrisers Hyderabad).”
Unadkat also said that other batsmen need to support Buttler, who hit 69 in RR's tournament opener.
“It (Buttler’s form) actually adds to that confidence. If someone starts like that, people can take confidence and can learn from the way he has been approaching the game. He has been tremendous for us throughout the last season,” he said.
“However, there need to be others, who can also contribute as Buttler alone can’t win you games. Yes, him being in prime form is an advantage for us.”
Rajasthan Royals will next face Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
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