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Who's saying what on Ravichandran Ashwin's 'Mankading' controversy

Ashwin sparks furore with 'Mankad' dismissal of Buttler Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 26, 2019, 06.30 PM (IST)

The Indian Premier League match between Punjab and Rajasthan match saw a major controversy when Ashwin ran out Rajasthan's Jos Buttler, who was at the non-strikers' end, without giving him any warning while bowling the 13th over of the match. 

Buttler's dismissal changed the course of game and Punjab eventually registered the victory, though Ashwin faced a severe backlash and the incident triggered a "spirit of the game" debate.  

Ashwin received support from former Australian players Mitchell Johnson and Dean Jones. 

Johnson wrote on Twitter, "My thoughts on the Mankad. Its not cheating, it's not against the spirit as it's in the rules you can do it. Personally I would warn someone if I was to do it but the batsman should also play fair by staying behind the crease. It's a bit like the underarm serve in tennis right??"

While Jones said, "Don't blame Ashwin here. As it's allowed in the Laws of the game.. How is it disrespectful or against the spirit of the game if it's allowed within the Laws of game? Blame the administrators for making the Law."

The opinion interpreted the laws differently and flooded into Twitter, with many players, ex-pros and commentators offering their views on the controversial run out.  

Spin legend Shane Warne and England ODI captain Eoin Morgan lashed out at the Ashwin.  

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Morgan, however, believes Ashwin has set a "terrible" example for the young generation of cricketers. 

"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," said Morgan. 

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan said Buttler should have been at least warned. 

"If @josbuttler had been warned well that's fine ... If he hasn't and it's the first time I think @ashwinravi99 is completely out of order ... Watch how often this happens from now on !!!!!!! #IPL," he wrote. 

England batman Jason Roy too expressed shock at Ashwin's action. "Ashwin, that's shocking behaviour! Very disappointed to see that," he wrote in his twitter handle. 

South African pacer Dale Steyn was also critical of Ashwin. 

"He ain't winning any spirit of cricket awards is old Ashwin," he wrote. 

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Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris felt the TV umpire didn't take a right call after the incident. 

"My opinion on the Buttler/Ashwin controversy is that its NOT Buttlers fault and its NOT Ashwins fault either Ashwin is entitled to appeal. I thought the TV umpire made the incorrect decision Should've been dead ball..... Play on," he tweeted.