Ashwin stirs up controversy by 'mankading' Buttler

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 26, 2019 04:42 hrs
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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.

Bowling his fourth over, Ashwin saw Buttler, who was on 68, walking out of his crease even before the ball was delivered and stopped to take the bails off.

The decision was referred to the third umpire, who eventually ruled Buttler out. A visibly upset Buttler walked off unhappy and was furious at the opponent's action.

This is the first time a player is out in this fashion in the Indian T20 League.

A host of current and former players did not waste any time in letting out a verdict on twitter.

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The incident also sparked a debate among former players on twitter.

Speaking after the controversial victory, Ashwin had this to say to his defense.

"No really 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."

Incidentally this is not the first time Buttler is out mankading. He was out in a similar fashion in 2014 when Sri Lanka's Sachitra Senanayake dismissed him in the same fashion.