The Kings XI Punjab against Rajasthan Royals match on Monday was in the headlines for much more than the conventional reasons. Ravichandran Ashwin and Jos Buttler were the center of attention during the 13th over of Royals’ innings.
The off-spinner, on sensing that Buttler was backing up too far, paused during his action and removed the bails. The England wicketkeeper was left stunned and was later angry at the decision taken by the Kings XI Punjab skipper. The ‘Out’ signal flashed on the big screen and Buttler was out for 69.
While a majority of social media was against Ashwin’s decision, a few also argued that the action was within the laws of the game.
That is terrible!!!!!!
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) March 25, 2019
Very very poor wasn’t it — Chris Lynn (@lynny50) March 25, 2019
He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwin
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019
Mankad alert! Yes please... Stay in your crease. Simple. — Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) March 25, 2019
Average behaviour from R Ashwin in the @IPL
Is that really how you want to win a game of cricket??? #KXIPvRR
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) March 25, 2019
What an absolute disgrace! @josbuttler spitting tacs and rightfully so!!! #RRvsKXIP — Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) March 25, 2019
Opinions ??? pic.twitter.com/9IXy0MqXRY
— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) March 25, 2019
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. — Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) March 25, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019
Ashwin, that’s shocking behaviour! Very disappointed to see that. — Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) March 25, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March25, 2019
It’s within the laws of the game but Jos Butler should have been warned by Ashwin before that. Very Surprised ! Remember Ashwin doing the same in an international game where Sehwag withdrew the appeal. — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 25, 2019
Am sorry Michael with all due respect does the wicket keeper ask the same question when u stump him by one millimeter or a million miles or when he loses his balance on the leg side.. Pls don't validate something which is wrong🙏 https://t.co/EUH3n8XdGA— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) March 25, 2019
You show no confidence in yourself or your bowlers to get the job done so you resort to that ? #greatcaptaincy— Jofra Archer (@craig_arch) March 25, 2019
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.— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 25, 2019
To those backing Ashwin, I have a question.
Is it okay if the bowler runs in & nearly completes his action but instead of delivering the ball turns around & removes the bail from the non-striker's end?March 25, 2019
Is it very different from a batter observing what the bowler has bowled, then spots a loose ball and hits it for four? Action, mistake spotted, reaction that penalises the mistake. Ashwin didn't fool Buttler into a sense of security, then deceive him. Buttler did that to himself.— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) March 25, 2019
Punjab win match but may have lost a lot of fans for controversial manner of Butler's dismissal. It was legal, `spirit of cricket' is a contentious concept, yet it was uncool. That said Rajasthan caving in so dramatically was surprising. Credit to Punjab bowlers for not giving up— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 25, 2019
As for the spirit of cricket nonsense (what is this spirit thing anyway?) there are two men here:
1. The batsman who wanted to take advantage of the bowler
2. The bowler who acted within the rules and was not stupid
2/2— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) March 25, 2019