Mankad dismissal causes IPL outrage
Ravi Ashwin's controversial dismissal of Jos Buttler in their Indian Premier League clash has split opinions
26 March 2019, 10:59 AM AEST
India spin star Ravi Ashwin has been labeled "disgraceful" after his "low act" to 'Mankad' England wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler in an IPL match between the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in Japiur.
Steve Smith scored 20 on his IPL return but his comeback was completely overshadowed by the controversial Mankad dismissal that has divided the cricket world.
Smith, whose year-long international suspension following the ball tampering scandal in South Africa expires this week, came to the crease for the Royals amidst a firestorm with a furious Buttler departing after he was mankaded by Ashwin.
The England star had looked in imperious touch, scoring 69 from 43 balls as the hosts looked well on course to chase down their target of 185.
But Ashwin, the Kings XI captain, then became only the second player in IPL history to run out a player who was backing up, and a furious Buttler was forced to depart the scene with the pair exchanging angry words as he exited the field.
Side-on vision appeared to show Buttler still in his crease as Ashwin passed the stumps, with Ashwin halting his delivery stride and waiting for Buttler – who had eyes on the striking batsman – to move out of his crease before breaking the stumps.
While Buttler, Ashwin and the umpire had a heated discussion, the twitter world lit up, with Royals mentor Shane Warne vehemently outspoken and calling on the BCCI to sanction their spin-bowling Test star.
So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball - so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI - this a not a good look for the #IPL— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
As Captain of your side - you set the standard of the way the team wants to play & what the team stands for ! Why do such a disgraceful & low act like that tonight ? You must live with yourself & FYI - it’s to late to say sorry Mr Ashwin. You will be remembered for that low act https://t.co/jGif2TOnjI— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
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
Royals coach Paddy Upton exchanged words with Ashwin as the two sides shook hands after the match, causing the Kings XI captain to whip around in a look of shock. It is unclear what was said then but Upton did not mince words at the post-match press conference.
"I think R Ashwin's actions tonight speak for him and represent him. When I looked in the eyes of his teammates I'm not sure if it represented his teammates," Upton said.
"I think we'll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that's the kind of thing they want to see and we'll leave it up to the cricket world to judge Ashwin's actions tonight."
"On my part it was very instinctive and it was not planned or anything like that," Ashwin said after the game.
"It is there in the rules of the game. I don't know where the understanding of the spirit of the game comes from because quite naturally if it's there in the rules, it's there.
"So probably the rules need to go back and be sorted."
"My actions were within cricket's rules, can't be called unsporting." - @ashwinravi99 responds to accusations of him unfairly running out @josbuttler. #RRvKXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/ygOmyGTzCL— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 25, 2019
"We'll leave it to the fans and cricket world to judge #Ashwin's actions." - @rajasthanroyals head coach @PaddyUpton1 gives his take on @josbuttler's 'Mankad' run out. #RRvKXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/iZo33FeoOV— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 25, 2019
It is the second time Buttler has been the subject of a Mankad dismissal after he was out in the same fashion during a 2014 ODI against Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, who had previously warned him.
It was in mid 2016 when Buttler accepted fault for the dismissal, despite his initial protests and vehement reaction from the Edgbaston crowd.
"It is obviously batsman error," Buttler said in 2016. "If you walk out of your ground and someone wants to do it, it is in the Laws of the game. It is all part of the game.
"I was disappointed at the time, because it doesn't happen very often. I thought you could do that every ball if you wanted and there would be a chance to run someone out.
"But the bowler would say why don't you just stay in your crease? So I guess I did learn something from it."
The Mankad is as controversial as ever. In early 2016 at the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies bowler Keemo Paul executed a Mankad to dismiss a Zimbabwe batsman that helped his side secure a narrow but vital win.
The decision handed the Windies a two-run win and a spot in the quarter-finals, while it also ended Zimbabwe's tournament, and saw the team of teenagers labelled "absolutely disgraceful" by the cricket world.
West Indies captain Shimron Hetmyer stood by the decision to claim the Mankad.
"I would say yes, cricket is a game of uncertainties. We've seen it happen in cricket before. It's not a big deal for us," Hetmyer said.
"It's probably not in the spirit of the game, but we’re happy to have won."
The Mankad is covered by cricket's Law 41.16.1 (Non-striker leaving his/her ground early) which was updated in 2017 and is set for a further clarification when a new code of laws is updated on April 1.
The Law states: "If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be Run out. In these circumstances, the non-striker will be out Run out if he/she is out of his/her ground when his/her wicket is put down by the bowler throwing the ball at the stumps or by the bowler's hand holding the ball, whether or not the ball is subsequently delivered."
The MCC's Laws manager Fraser Stewart took to social media to clarify.
The confusion here is when is the moment that R.A. would normally have been expected to release the ball? Might need superimposed footage of earlier released deliveries to actually tell. The old adage of 'watching the hand for release' is not a bad one - only leave after release.— Fraser Stewart (@FraserStewart27) March 25, 2019
Back in Jaipur, Smith came to the crease with his right arm heavily strapped following recent elbow surgery and looked understandably rusty at the start of his innings, scoring three runs from the first three balls.
He then only managed a single from back-to-back free hits following two no balls from Ankit Rajpoot before finding his range by clubbing Sam Curran for a boundary and a six in successive deliveries.
But Smith failed to get enough power on another attempted big hit off Curran – who went for 52 runs from his four overs – and fell to a brilliant running catch on the boundary by KL Rahul.
Curran than dismissed Sanju Samson for 30 two balls later to add some respectability to his match figures as the Royals lost six wickets for 14 runs to fall well short of their target, eventually losing by 14 runs.
Veteran West Indies opener Chris Gayle had earlier laid the foundation for the victory with a typically aggressive innings of 79 from 47 deliveries as the Kings posted a score of 4-184.
Opinions ??? pic.twitter.com/9IXy0MqXRY— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) March 25, 2019
The letter of the law it’s out but morally I don’t like it. https://t.co/GofdAJ2fX6— John Hastings (@johnhastings194) March 25, 2019
Very very poor wasn’t it— Chris Lynn (@lynny50) March 25, 2019
Well the fair play award isn’t going to Mohali this year....— Sam Billings (@sambillings) March 25, 2019
I can’t believe what I’m seeing!! @IPL Terrible example to set for young kids coming through. In time I think Ashwin will regret that.— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) March 25, 2019
He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwin— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019
Unbelievable! That is shocking! Bad form Ashwin!— Michael Lumb (@Lumby45) March 25, 2019
Hahahaahaha Ashwin u little Rippa Hahahaha 🤣🤣🤣 this is historic only way to get him out 🤷🏾♂️ well I’ll take it hahahahaha Ashwin , Ppl need to know it’s the rules and until it’s change guys will do it , but Jos stealing as well getting a head start for a run 🤷🏾♂️ #IPL2019— Tino95 (@tinobest) March 25, 2019