Jos Butler who was playing an exceptional knock against KXIP became the victim of mankading by Ashwin. Chasing 185 for victory, Royals were well-placed at 105/1 after 12 overs with Buttler leading the charge with a half-century. Ashwin, who then came onto bowl his final over of the game, saw an opportunity for dismissal on the fifth ball to Mankad the batsman.
Jos Butler Became The 1st Victim Of Mankading Dismissal In IPL
Buttler, who had taken a few steps out of his crease, was eventually ruled out. The batsman was agitated and was involved in a heated argument with the bowler who appeared to say ‘you are not in the crease and you’ve been upsetting my rhythm’.
Ashwin in the post-match presentation:
No Really argument to that (Mankading incident), it was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he left the crease. “That’s always been my take on it because it’s my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn’t even looking at me and he just left the place.”
The Mankad law was tweaked a bit at the end of 2017. Initially, a bowler was allowed to attempt a run out only before entering the delivery stride but now as per the new law is:
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.
Both Ashwin and Butler have been involved in a controversy involving mankading before as well against Sri Lankan Team.
This is not for the first time, a batsman has been dismissed in such a manner. Keemo Paul had done the same against Zimbabwe during the Under 19 World Cup a few years back but the fans and supporters of the game were against such kind of dismissal.
It’s against the spirit of the game is what many followers of the sport believe. England captain Eoin Morgan’s tweet read, “terrible example to set for young kids coming through. In time I think Ashwin will regret that.”
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