IPL: Ashwin ‘Mankads’ Jos Buttler, stirs up controversy

Jaipur: Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin stirred up a controversy when he dismissed Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler in a run out popularly called ‘Mankading’ during the fifth match of IPL 2019 in Jaipur on Monday.

Jos Buttler’s dismissal swung the game in Punjab’s favour. Ravichandran Ashwin was slammed on Twitter for being ‘unsporting’.

Named after legendary Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad, ‘Mankading’ is a method of run out where a bowler dismisses a non-striker by hitting the bails before bowling when the latter is outside the crease. Though this is a legally permissible dismissal, it is considered against the spirit of the game.

Jos Buttler had given Rajasthan Royals a flying start in their run-chase and looked unstoppable as he hit his seventh half-century. But spinner Ravinchandran Ashwin put an end to Buttler’s stay at the crease with one of the most controversial dismissals in the history of the IPL.

That dismissal seemingly derailed Royals’ run-chase as the hosts fell short of a target of 185 by 14 runs and finished at 170/9 after 20 overs.

After Ashwin dismantled the bails, Punjab made an appeal for ‘mankading’.

“You are not in the crease and you’ve been upsetting my rhythm,” an animated Ashwin said in the heat of the moment.

Buttler, who didn’t get any warning before, was furious while walking back to the dressing room.

While some lauded Ashwin’s smart dismissal on Twitter, many called it “cheating”.