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'It's all over and I've moved on' – Buttler ends showdown with Ashwin
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'It's all over and I've moved on' – Buttler ends showdown with Ashwin

Jos Buttler has declared an end to his showdown with Ravichandran Ashwin after being "Mankaded" last month in an IPL game.

The Rajasthan Royals batsman had a heated exchange with the skipper of Kings XI Punjab after being run out at the non-striker's end while backing up in an incident that sparked a worldwide debate whether it was in the ‘spirit of game’ or not.

Buttler told the Times of India he had looked at replays and was sure he shouldn’t have been given out, "But it's all done now and I have moved on."

Buttler said he spoke to Ashwin after the controversial dismissal which even brought disapproval from the MCC, the cricket’s lawmakers.

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"I just asked him if he really wishes to play the game that way. Whether he thought it was the right thing to do," Buttler said.

"And he obviously thought it was, in his opinion."

Ashwin, who recently said he had no regrets over the incident, seemed to have waited for Buttler to leave his crease before taking off the bails.

Buttler, who was mankaded by Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake in 2014, said he "will make sure it doesn't happen again".

‘World Cup an open race’

With the focus turning towards the World Cup which starts May 30 soon after the IPL ends, Buttler said the title was an open race.

"We are one of the favourites. Traditionally, in World Cup, India and Australia are up there as well," the hard-hitting batsman said.

"We are playing some really good cricket. But World Cup tournaments, knockout tournaments are always high pressure situations," he said of the tournament.

Buttler's English teammates in Jonny Bairstow, for Sunrisers Hyderabad, and young all-rounder Sam Curran, for Punjab, have also put up some solid performances in the tournament so far.

"Since the time more England players have started playing in the IPL, selectors have been taking note of performances in the league," said Buttler.

"Through IPL, many players have got a chance to play in the England Test team.

"Coming here and playing in the biggest tournament in the world and winning against the best players in this high-pressure environment, you also gain a lot of confidence."