Ravichandran Ashwin faced a massive controversy after ‘mankading’ Jos Buttler during the RR vs KXIP IPL 2019 match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday night.
Well set Jos Buttler’s controversial dismissal overshadowed Kings XI Punjab’s 14-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. The English batsman was run out backing up at the non-striker’s end by Ravichandran Ashwin after scoring an impressive 69 during a match in Mohali.
The dismissal sparked fierce debate among the cricket community.Opinions ranged from painting the spinner as some kind of pantomime villain – or worse – to blaming Buttler for leaving his crease before the ball was bowled.
The controversial tactic involves the bowler checking his run up to take off the bails at the non-striker’s end with the backing-up batsman out of his crease. 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.
Former Australia spinner Shane Warne labelled the tactic “disgraceful and embarrassing” and warned Ashwin, the Kings XI captain, that his career would be defined by such a “low act”.
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla also took to Twitter and spoke of a meeting, attended by the IPL captains and match referee, where it was decided “if non striking batsman steps out bowler as a courtesy will not run him out”.