Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has drawn a major controversy after ‘Mankading’ Rajasthan Royals’ opener Joss Buttler during the matchday four of the Indian Premier League (IPL), on Monday. In the wake of the incident which sparked outrage on social media, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla has claimed on his official Twitter handle, that prior to the tournament, in a meeting attended by the IPL captains, match referees and himself, it was decided that dismissal of a batsman through ‘Mankading’ will not be valid.
The dismissal, which is widely known as ‘Mankading’ — when a bowler runs out a non-striker before delivery — is considered to be against the spirit of the game.
Jos Buttler became the first victim of ‘Mankading’ in the history of the cash-rich IPL when a desperate Ashwin, dismissed the batsman in a controversial manner. As expected Buttler seemed furious and had a heated exchange with Ashwin before leaving the field. Rajasthan were 108 for one in 12.4 overs at that stage. The dismissal was within the rules of the game but sparked a huge controversy and was considered against the spirit of the game as the off-spinner should have given the Englishman a prior warning.
Rajeev Shukla also stated that Indian cricket veterans MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings skipper) and Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore captain) were present in the meeting.
The incident has sparked outrage on social media with veteran cricketers, pundits, and fans weighing in with their take. Several also urged the IPL chairman to take suitable action against the match referee who gave the decision, and Ashwin.