Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler on Monday became the first victim of ‘Mankading’ in the history of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) when a desperate Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the batsman in a controversial manner during their match 4 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. With Buttler going strong at 69 off 43 balls while chasing 185 runs, Ashwin ‘mankaded’ the Rajasthan Royals opener without giving him any warning. As per the laws of the game, the third umpire declared Buttler out but such dismissal had always raised eyebrows as it is considered against the spirit of the game.
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 as many considered this against the spirit of the game. Here’s how the Twitter world reacted to the whole incident:-
Among Indians, it was Kapil Dev who had mankaded Peter Kirsten of South Africa during the 1992-93 series and in Indian domestic cricket Railways’ spinner Murali Karthik had mankaded Sandipan Das of Bengal during a Ranji Trophy match.