Kings XI Punjab captain Ravi Ashwin executed an unexpected run-out of Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler that features as Monday’s controversial Play of the Day, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
The ‘Mankad’ style run-out of Buttler (69 runs off 43 balls, 10×4, 2×6) by Ashwin (1-20) was a game-changing moment during their Indian Premier League encounter, and has sparked a heated debate among cricket connoisseurs across the world.
Buttler was looking good to take the Royals over the line against Kings XI, but the opener was thwarted by Ashwin, who controversially ran him out at the non-striker’s end after abandoning his run-up while Buttler was strolling out of his crease.
— SA Cricket magazine (@SACricketmag) March 26, 2019
The play was referred to TV umpire Bruce Oxenford, who promptly adjudged it out according to the laws and playing conditions of both the ICC and the IPL. The incident has sparked massive discussion between fans, pundits and ex-players alike, debating whether the dismissal adheres to ‘the spirit of the game’ or not.
Plenty of heated arguments have emerged on social media with both sides making a case for their respective views.
Harsha you are missing the point completely & I’m disappointed in you as you always push the spirit of the game – now you condone this behaviour ? Ashwin’s actions were simply disgraceful, and I hope the BCCI doesn’t condone this sort of behaviour in the #IPL ! #spiritofthegame https://t.co/BsIKDBN51X
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Ashwin has also shared his views on the discussion. He explained himself during the post-match presentation stating, ‘Look, it was very instinctive. On my part, it was very instinctive. It was not planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t understand where the spirit of the game comes, naturally, if it’s there in the rules it’s there.’
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 25, 2019
Personally, I’m leaning on Ashwin’s side with this one. The mode of dismissal was introduced to stop batters from wandering out of their crease, and Jos Buttler went on a stroll. No ‘spirit of the game’ questions came up when it became a norm for a ball that shaves leg stump around a batters legs became universally recognised as a wide delivery.
I argue that in a game that has systematically become a batters’ paradise, surely bowlers should be allowed to come up with creative ways to get the upper hand, provided that it’s within the rules? I’m personally shocked we haven’t seen more of these dismissals in the past, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it became more common.
He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwin
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019
At the end of the day, just like it’s a bowlers responsibility to have something behind the line when they deliver the ball, it is also the batter’s responsibility to have something behind the line when a bowler runs in… if he doesn’t, then STICK THEM UMP!
Kings XI eventually bagged a 14-run win as the Royals’ innings lost all of its momentum in a calamitous finish that saw the home side lose seven wickets for just 14 runs.
The Royals will want to put the incident behind them when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, while Ashwin will hope the controversy will have blown over by the time his Kings XI side take on the ominous Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday at Eden Gardens.