The match footage of Ravichandran Ashwin’s over shows Jos Buttler repeatedly being out of the line before he ‘Mankads’ the Rajasthan Royals batsman.
Ravichandran Ashwin ignited a huge uproar on the social media after he dismissed Jos Buttler with a Mankad.
The opinions began to flow almost immediately after the dismissal with many fans and pundits having varied opinions about the incident.
While some attacked Ashwin for violating the ‘spirit of cricket’, many defended the Kings XI Punjab captain on the grounds that the law of the game allows for Mankad as a form of dismissal.
Shane Warne, the RR mentor, as well as Paddy Upton (the RR coach), criticised Ravichandran Ashwin, while many experts also took his side after the game.
Ravi Ashwin Mankad:
A Twitter user pointed out that Jos Buttler had been regularly stepping out of the line before the spinner dismissed him with a Mankad.
The fan posted three screenshots of the over in which the Kings XI Punjab skipper bowled out Ajinkya Rahane.
The pictures prove that Ravi Ashwin had been noticing the pattern in Buttler’s mannerisms at the non-striker’s end before finally Mankading him.
Have a look:
Three balls from the same over. Clearly not in the crease while the ball is still in the hand. You wonder why Ashwin premeditated on the last ball of this over! pic.twitter.com/5o0OhJP9D8
— Yash (@TheJoshya) March 26, 2019
Here’s the video which compares the two deliveries – Rahane’s wicket, and Jos Buttler’s wicket. The videos shows that Buttler was fractionally outside the line when Ashwin was about to release the delivery for Rahane’s wicket.
— Prime Minister Tyrion (@PMtyrion) March 26, 2019
Harsha Bhogle, who had been defending Ravi Ashwin on the dismissal, quote-tweeted the comment and further questioned if Buttler would’ve secured an unfair advantage in a case of a run-out at the other end.
Just to carry my point further, and there is no bias or prejudice here, if on any of these deliveries, especially 12.1, if Buttler had made his ground in a run-out at the other end by a fraction of an inch, wouldn’t he have benefited from being outside the crease? https://t.co/UPhXWKkUim
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 26, 2019
Australian former fast bowler Mitchell Johnson also seemed to agree to the screenshot and the argument.
Good point here https://t.co/oaHCUqxzBC
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 26, 2019
How Twitter reacted..
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) March 26, 2019
This is not the first time that @ashwinravi99 has been involved in Mankading. In 2012, Ashwin had mankaded Lahiru Thirimanne of Sri Lanka during the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia.#IPL2019 #AshwinMankads
— Firstpost (@firstpost) March 26, 2019
Enough is Enough. What Ashwin did was within the rules of the game. Please don’t give us lecture on integrity & class. Smith and Warner need it right now. https://t.co/dYotAMeQ1m
— Chowkidar BALA (@erbmjha) March 26, 2019
Sorry – one more thing to add. If Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli it would be ok ? I’m just very disappointed in Ashwin as I thought he had integrity & class. Kings lost a lot of supporters tonight. Especially young boys and girls ! I do hope the BCCI does something
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Jos Buttler is yet to make a statement on the controversy.