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.
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
What does the law state?
That law has now been replaced by 41:16.. sorry Satvik https://t.co/TEHMls5oqt— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 25, 2019
The incident also sparked a debate among former players on twitter.
Utter nonsense from you jones!— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 25, 2019
Law 41.16: (playing condition interpretation) OFFICIAL!
If the non striker is out of his ground from the moment the ball comes into play, when the bowler would NORMALLY had been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to run him out
Am sorry Michael with all due respect does the wicket keeper ask the same question when u stump him by one millimeter or a million miles or when he loses his balance on the leg side.. Pls don't validate something which is wronghttps://t.co/EUH3n8XdGA— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) 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.
My opinion on the Buttler/Ashwin controversy is that its NOT Buttlers fault and its NOT Ashwins fault either— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 25, 2019
Ashwin is entitled to appeal
I thought the TV umpire made the incorrect decision
Shouldve been dead ball..... play on
The Laws state it’s OUT ... Still doesn’t mean I like it at all ... just think it’s a bad look for the game ... I would prefer a 1 warning rule then after that it’s a free for all ... only my opinion so don’t abuse please ... or you can if you want .. I am not arsed #OnOn #IPL— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019
The Law 41.16 states about the ball must be released before a non striker can leave his ground.. legally.— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 25, 2019
So it’s pretty easy to understand to all batsmen isn’t it? #simple
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.