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Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin 'Mankading' Jos Buttler of Rajasthan, who was going hammer and tongs, sparked off a controversy in the fourth match of the ongoing Indian T20 League and set social media ablaze on Monday.
Buttler was seemingly in control of Rajasthan Royals' run chase when he was run out backing up by R Ashwin, the Kings XI captain. Rajasthan were 108 for one at the time but collapsed losing eight wickets for 62 to be beaten by 14 runs.
Ashwin, who was bowling his fourth over, saw Buttler, who had scored 68 off 42 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, walking out of his crease even before the ball was delivered and stopped to take the bails off.
However, replays showed Buttler was inside his crease when Ashwin stopped in his stride. The decision was sent up to the third umpire, who didn't need much time to send Buttler on his way.
The controversial tactic is named after the brilliant Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, the run-out is technically legal but widely considered to be against the spirit of the game. Buttler became the first victim of ‘Mankading’ in the history of IPL and as expected he seemed furious and had a heated exchange with Ashwin before leaving the field.
The incident completely overshadowed the IPL return of Steve Smith and sent Twitter into a frenzy late on Monday night with strong views on both sides of the topic.
So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball - so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI - this a not a good look for the #IPL— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
I can’t believe what I’m seeing!! @IPL Terrible example to set for young kids coming through. In time I think Ashwin will regret that.— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) March 25, 2019
He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwin— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019
Will teams now start monitoring players in opposing teams to see which ones back up out of the crease etc etc and use it as a tactic to get them out !!!?????? Surely the game hasn’t come to this ..... #IPL— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019
Lots of drama on the Buttler run-out. He was livid but the law and the advisory on it is clear. The bowler is within his right to run a player out at the non-striker's end if he is out of his crease— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 25, 2019
Surprising to see its only the English people crying foul.. MCC IS IN YOUR COUNTRY.. Go change it.. Batsman warned or not warned David are not supposed to leave the crease.. Don't vindicate STEALING as that's what it is plain and simple.. Keep crying till the cows come home https://t.co/OD6u7WRiYZ— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) March 25, 2019
Don’t blame Ashwin here. As it’s allowed in the Laws of the game.. how is it disrespectful or against the spirit of the game if it’s allowed within the Laws of game?— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 25, 2019
Blame the administrators for making the Law.
Speaking after the controversial victory, Ashwin had this to say to his defense. "No real argument to that (Mankading incident) and it's pretty instinctive. I actually didn't load and he left the crease."
"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. We ended on the right side of the coin, but I definitely think that those are game-changing moments."