Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler was on his way to a great century, but Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin noticed that wicketkeeper-batsman was backing up at the non-striker’s end.
Ashwin acted as if he is delivering the ball and then took the bails off once Buttler had left the crease during the fourth match of the ongoing IPL in Jaipur on Monday.
Unhappy Buttler leaves the field
There was an animated discussion between Ashwin and Buttler when the former appealed after ‘mankading’. It seemed that Ashwin had warned him before but the discussion turned into an argument soon. The KXIP captain didn’t withdraw his appeal and Buttler had to walk off with despair.
The match was in an interesting situation at that stage and Buttler’s wicket literally turned the game in the visitors’ favour: KXIP won the match by 14 runs.
The cricket fraternity showed mixed-reactions on Twitter regarding the incident.
My thoughts on the Mankad. Its not cheating, it’s not against the spirit as it’s in the rules you can do it. Personally I would warn someone if I was to do it but the batsman should also play fair by staying behind the crease. It’s a bit like the underarm serve in tennis right??
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 25, 2019
How is getting an advantage by starting early by the batsman be in the 'spirit of the game'? BTW this is not the first time this has happened with Jos Butler #RRvKXIP
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) 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
— Andy Balbirnie (@balbo90) March 25, 2019
My opinion on the Buttler/Ashwin controversy is that its NOT Buttlers fault and its NOT Ashwins fault either
Ashwin is entitled to appeal
I thought the TV umpire made the incorrect decision
Shouldve been dead ball….. play on
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 25, 2019
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) March 25, 2019
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) March 25, 2019
Ashwin you serious? Probably the only way he was gonna get Jos out there. Was Ashwin in his delivery stride & was Jos looking to ‘steal’ ground..? 🤔
— Jack Brooks (@BrooksyFerret) March 25, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 25, 2019
Ashwin, that’s shocking behaviour! Very disappointed to see that.
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) March 25, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 25, 2019
He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwin
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019
Hahahaahaha Ashwin u little Rippa Hahahaha 🤣🤣🤣 this is historic only way to get him out 🤷🏾♂️ well I’ll take it hahahahaha Ashwin , Ppl need to know it’s the rules and until it’s change guys will do it , but Jos stealing as well getting a head start for a run 🤷🏾♂️ #IPL2019
— Tino95 (@tinobest) March 25, 2019
Oh hell! Ashwin's run Butler out for backing up too far. Within the laws, but outside the spirt of the game. Unless the batsman had been cautioned earlier. We'll know about that later. For now, Punjab get coveted breakthru and the IPL its first major controversy this season
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 25, 2019
— Suzie Bates (@SuzieWBates) March 25, 2019
Opinions ??? pic.twitter.com/9IXy0MqXRY
— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) March 25, 2019
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) March 25, 2019
It’s within the laws of the game but Jos Butler should have been warned by Ashwin before that. Very Surprised ! Remember Ashwin doing the same in an international game where Sehwag withdrew the appeal.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 25, 2019
Well the fair play award isn’t going to Mohali this year….
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) March 25, 2019
Very very poor wasn’t it
— Chris Lynn (@lynny50) March 25, 2019
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) 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
Ashwin was completely within his rights to dismiss butler there. Don’t understand how Spirit of Cricket can be questioned. How many times have u seen a batsman wait for Umpires decision when he knew he was out? #RRvKXIP #IPL
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 25, 2019