Ashwin Has Attracted A Lot Of Memes By ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler

Jaydev Unadkat

Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has been heavily criticized all over the cricket world after mankading Jos Buttler.

The two protagonists in the latest episode of "Mankading and the ensuing Spirit of Cricket debate", have been there and done that.

The MCC tried to ease the tension by clarifying law 41.16: Non-striker leaving his/her ground early.

But Ashwin shot back said at the post-match news conference, saying: "It's there within the rules of the game".

Buttler had scored 68 off 42 balls with 10 fours and two sixes at that time which was an outstanding performance by him before he was "mankaded" by Ashwin.

Former Australian test captain Smith, whose year-long worldwide suspension following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa expires this week, came to the crease with Buttler furious after he was given out on review after standing at the non-striker's end. In fact, a subtle change to the law gave the bowlers the licence to run-out the non-striker up to the instant at which they "would be expected to deliver the ball". TV replays showed that the seasoned off-spinner had waited for Buttler to move out of the crease before removing the bails.

Is this the point that Ashwin would have released the ball?

Ashwin said his Mankad was instinctive and stressed he did not pre-meditate the dismissal. They couldn't look their opponents in the eye afterwards.

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"I don't understand where the spirit of the game comes (in)". The Proteas star took to Twitter to state that his conduct was not in the spirit of the game, writing: "He ain't winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwin", Steyn wrote.

"It is up to both teams to ensure that the game is played within both the Laws and the Spirit of Cricket. You will be remembered for that low act".

Smith, who along with compatriot David Warner made his return to the IPL after missing the previous edition due to a ball-tampering controversy, walked out into a charged field of play. Don't fret. Don't frown.

How's playing within the laws of the game "unfair"??

"So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a captain and as a person".

England's then captain Alastair Cook and coach Peter Moores had criticised Sri Lanka for not adhering to the "spirit of the game" while Angelo Mathews had backed his player.

If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal dead ball as soon as possible.

Veteran cricket writer Lawrence Booth, perhaps, summed it best, when he tweeted: "The Ashwin/Buttler Mankad seems to have divided critics broadly along national lines".

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