IPL 2019

WATCH: Terrible Sportsmanship as Ravichandran Ashwin ‘Mankads’ Jos Buttler

Kings XI Punjab registered their first-ever win in IPL matches played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. On Monday night, they defeated the hosts Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs.

The headline grabbing event though weren’t the knocks by Chris Gayle or Sarfaraz Khan which powered KXIP’s innings, but the controversial end to Jos Buttler’s innings. Buttler had scored a third consecutive half-century against KXIP and appeared to be in absolute control of proceedings when the KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin saw him backing up too far at the non-striker’s end and ran him out before loading up to bowl.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) clash between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Jaipur on Monday evening witnessed commotion amongst the players during the second innings, the cause of which was a unique mode of dismissal that involved England batsman Jos Buttler.

Buttler was backing up at the non-striker’s end, a bit too much for KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin’s liking, before the latter decided to whip the bails off at the non-striker’s end with the batsman outside his crease — a controversial act known as ‘Mankading’ that has over the years generated a lot of debate.

Butler was in the crease even after Ashwin stopped in his stride and started turning back to Mankade him. He literally waited till he went out of the crease. Photo: BCCI

Ashwin’s gesture was met with a flurry of angry words and glares from Buttler — who was dismissed for 69 in the process — and the two international stars were soon involved in an angry discussion at the centre, with the on-field umpires going upstairs for confirmation before declaring Buttler out.

Ashwin managed to break a dangerous-looking partnership in the process, with Australian batsman Steve Smith walking out to the centre in his first IPL appearance in two years.

How it unfolded?

R Ashwin was about to bowl the last ball of his spell and Buttler was at the non-strikers’, backing up. The offspinner saw it, turned around and calmly broke the stumps. The event sparked visibly heated exchanges between the two players, and prompted outrage, Ashwin paused and waited for Buttler to leave crease which goes against the spirit of the game but it was, technically, within the laws of the game. 

Do you know Ashwin had done the same in an international game?

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar played a perfect ambassador of the game of cricket, which is known to be a gentleman’s sport, when he asked India’s stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag to withdraw a run-out appeal against Sri Lanka batsman Lahiru Thirimanne during the 8th ODI of the tri-series in Brisbane.

Thirimanne repeatedly overlooked a rule of the game that when on non-striker’s end, one should not leave the crease for a run until the bowler has released the ball. India spinner R Ashwin spotted it and dislodged the bail in the 39.3 over and appealed for a run out.

The on-field umpires went to the Third Umpire.  Meanwhile, Tendulkar rushed to Sehwag and asked him to withdraw the appeal. Although it defied the rules book, the gesture was very much in the spirit of the game.

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