IPL controversy after Ravi Ashwin gets a Mankad runout

Publish Date
Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 11:57AM

The Indian Premier League's opening round has been hit with controversy following one of the most polarising ways to take a wicket.

Kings XI Punjab bowler Ravi Ashwin run out Rajasthan Royals and England batsman Joss Buttler at the non-striker's end after backing up too far during the bowler's run up - known in cricket as a Mankad.

The style of dismissal is named after former Indian player Vinoo Mankad who was the first to do it during the 1947/48 tour of Australia.

The Royals were 108 for one at the time with Buttler on 68 and the side needing 77 off the final 43 balls to win.

The wicket was referred to the third umpire and despite replays showing Ashwin slowing his bowling action to wait for Buttler to walk forward, the Englishman was called out.

"The question I pose is he deliberately doing it? deliberately trying to get a jump on the runner between the wickets. It's touch and go there...I'm not a fan," former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said in the commentary.

Buttler's wicket led a collapse as they fell short by 14 runs.

In 2016 during and Q and A with fans on Twitter, Ashwin admitted he always thought about the Mankad dismissal.

There wasn't much support on social media for Ashwin.

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission

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