IPL 2019: Reactions from various players as 'Mankading' goes Controversial!
In Yesterday’s match, KXIP’s skipper Ravichandran Ashwin ran RR’s wk-batsman out through "Mankading" in the 13th over as Buttler leaves the crease at the non-striker’s end even before Ashwin bowls. The controversy started with the exchange of words between Jos and Ash on the field and haven’t completed yet.
In Twitter, it turned in all the debated between some senior players too. Senior Commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted, " Lots of drama on the Buttler run-out. He was livid but the law and the advisory on it are clear. The bowler is within his right to run a player out at the non-striker's end if he is out of his crease" and later also he supported Ashwin saying, "I am hearing a lot of talk about the spirit of the game. This law specifically came in because taking recourse to this very "spirit of the game" batsmen were running 6 inches less to complete a run."
After some time he took his time and tweeted, "My final point on this. Ashwin ran Buttler out. It went to the 3rd umpire who is on the ICC Elite panel. He looked at the replays & said the non-striker was out. He is the custodian of the laws & playing conditions. So irrespective of what Ashwin did, it was the umpire's decision."
Then Australia’s legendary spinner came into action and tweeted, " Harsha, if that had of been an international player you would have nailed him! Please do not be bias & stick up for your own. Any player in the game that does that to anyone is an embarrassment to the game & as captain, it’s even more disgraceful! #spiritofthegame !"
He even asked whether it would be ok if Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli. Harsha gave befitting reply tweeting, "I am hearing a lot of talk about the spirit of the game. This law specifically came in because taking recourse to this very "spirit of the game" batsmen were running 6 inches less to complete a run." Even Rajasthan star pacer Jofra Archer tweeted that Ashwin has no confidence in his players and him to send Buttler Pavilion and hence they chose this disgraceful act which is against the spirit of the game.
Well, that’s is a Mess right? Let us analyze this situation. As per rule, Buttler can’t cross the line before Ashwin delivers the ball. If Ashwin did stop intentionally, it’s Buttler’s part to check whether the bowler has bowled the ball or not before going down just like many keepers like Gilchrist, MSD, Sangakkara wait for a batsman to lose his balance behind the stumps after playing a shot to stump them out. In no case, we can blame Ravi Ashwin until unless he was proved guilty by match referee for fooling Buttler in a wrong way. Till then, it is cricket, means "stick and crease" by derivation.