India’s veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin chose a unique way to convince his fellow countrymen to stay at home in these distressing times surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The recent surge in the number of reported COVID-19 cases in India has prompted the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a 21-day lockdown across the nation to stop the spread of the virus.
To drive home the message, Ashwin came up with a cheeky post on Twitter trying to encourage his fans to wander outside their houses. Ashwin uploaded a picture of himself mankading England batsman Jos Buttler in last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) captioning that this marked one year since the incident occurred.
Ashwin’s mankading dismissal of Buttler became a huge controversy in the cricketing world as his actions were widely criticized by several former cricketers. Opinions were highly polarized in the aftermath of the Mankad with some players backing Ashwin.