R Ashwin is facing criticism after he ran-out Jos Buttler controversially in Jaipur on Monday. Although, he has backed his decision and has no regret, Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Ajinkya Rahane, head coach Paddy Upton and brand ambassador Shane Warne have registered their disappointment.

Even the officials of the governing body of Indian cricket have stated that Ashwin should have used cricketing skills and not shady skills to dismiss the opposite number.

Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that Ashwin should have maintained decorum. “The match officials have failed in their duty with the handling of this issue. Buttler ought to have been adjudged not out if the laws were applied squarely to the situation. Ashwin also must understand that laws and the spirit of the game both have to be kept in mind.

“A player is supposed to deceive the other with his cricketing skills and not with shady skills. If the batsman is taking advantage, deal with it in the right way – as a gentleman. Competitiveness is all very well but a standard of decorum ought to be maintained,” the official said.

Another official said that these things will impact the popularity of the player. “This mode of dismissal is akin to back-stabbing. That is why it will always be criticized. It gets you the result, but you surely won’t win a popularity contest this way,” he said.

He also blasted Jos Buttler for not shaking hands with R Ashwin after the game. “Buttler not shaking hands with Ashwin after the game was also against the spirit of the game. Both these things are inexcusable where the spirit of the game is concerned,” the official said.

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