Ashwin kicked up a storm during KXIP’s opener in Jaipur as he mankaded Buttler in his final over during the Royals’ chase of 185. Before Buttler was adjudged out, the Royals were cruising towards the target as the England big-hitter was batting on 69 off 43 balls, having taken the KXIP bowlers to the cleaners.
In a first in 12 editions of the IPL, Ashwin ran out a rampaging Buttler, who was at the non-strikers’ end, on his delivery stride in the 13th over, an action popularly known as ‘Mankading’. TV replays showed that Ashwin had waited for Buttler to move out of the crease before removing the bails.
What is ‘Mankading’?
Indian opener and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Vinoo Mankad stirred controversy back in 1947-48 during India’s tour of Australia when he paused during his delivery stride and broke the wicket on the non-striker’s end to dismiss Bill Brown during the second Test.
The incident caused an uproar in Aussie media and ‘Mankad’ or ‘Mankading’ came into existence. Although the method doesn’t violate the laws of cricket, it is still considered by many as an unsporting one.
What Ashwin Said?
“Look it was very instinctive. It wasn’t planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t know from where the understanding of the Spirit of the Game comes,” Ashwin said at the post-match press conference.
Criticism on Social Media
R. Ashwin received a lot of criticism on social media especially twitter from former and current players for his actions with IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla also weighing in on the contentious issue. However, Shukla’s tweet only served to further the debate with some fans slamming the IPL chairman for his “courtesy” comment.
Luckily, the people of Twitter found a funny silver-lining to the otherwise controversial incident. Netizens tried to diffuse the tense situation with hilarious memes that perfectly summed up the ‘Mankad’ fiasco.