Rajasthan's Jos Buttler walking back to the pavilion after he was dismissed by Punjab's Ravichandran Ashwin. Photograph:( AFP )
Buttler was going strong at 69 off 43 balls and Rajasthan steady at 108-1 while chasing 185 but the dismissal proved to be a game-changer.
Ashwin said, "Look, 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.
"I don't understand the point of sporting or sportive in that point because it's rules."
The incident happened Monday night when Punjab skipper Ashwin ran out Rajasthan's Buttler, who was at the non-strikers' end, without giving him any warning while bowling the 13th over of the match.
Informally named after the legendary Vinoo Mankad, who first did it in 1947 against Australia 'Mankading' is when a bowler dismisses a non-striker by removing the bails in the process of delivering the ball with the batsman outside the crease.
Buttler was going strong at 69 off 43 balls and Rajasthan steady at 108-1 while chasing 185 but the dismissal proved to be a game-changer and Punjab eventually defeated Rajasthan by 14 runs.
The incident triggered a heated exchange between the two players and even Paddy Upton, the coach, was none too pleased either.
The law, however, is on the side of the bowler, but Buttler's controversial dismissal has sparked the 'Spirit of Cricket' debate.
While reporting the story, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on its website mentioned the law that is responsible for the incident which clearly indicates that the decision was legally correct.
The law 41.16, that was tweaked in April 2017, states, "If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out."
"It's within the rules" – @ashwinravi99— ICC (@ICC) March 26, 2019
"Up to the fans to decide if that's the kind of things they want to see" – @PaddyUpton1
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'Mankading' is legally permissible dismissal, it is widely considered against the spirit of the game.