The match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals will be remembered for a long time. Not because due to the performances but because of a controversial incident.
KXIP won the game, but rather than getting good wishes, things turned a bit sour. This happened after RR’s Jos Buttler became the first person in IPL history to be ‘Mankaded’. However for Buttler this is not the first time he was dismissed this way.
In 2014, he was dismissed the same way in a fixture against Sri Lanka. In this match Buttler looked in sublime form and was threatening to take the game away. But a wily Ravichandran Ashwin caught the batsman the non-striker Buttler out of his crease in the 13th over.
He quickly took the bails off and appealed. Third umpire confirmed Buttler was out of his crease and gave him out. Buttler tried reasoning with Ashwin, but the latter cared only getting him out and played dead ear to his words.
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Backlash from the cricketing fraternity
After the ‘Mankading’ incident, social media sites erupted and blasted Ashwin for his lack of sportsmanship. Cricketers like Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Dale Steyn and Mitch McClenaghan all condemned Ashwin’s actions.
However when everyone was against Ashwin, former Aussie cricketer Dean Jones supported him. He said that it was indeed a right call to take. He pointed out that according to the law, a non-striker shouldn’t leave his crease until the bowler has released the ball.
“Law 41.16 a batsmen at non strikers end should not leave his ground UNTIL the bowler has released the ball! SO OUT! Lesson.. batsmen watch the bowlers release the ball! #easy #SelectDugout,” Dean Jones tweeted.