Ashwin's mankading of Buttler: Let's teach batsmen to stay in the crease first

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The controversy of Ravichandran Ashwin’s mankading of Jos Buttler has kind of settled down in more ways than not. Kings XI Punjab’s captain Ravichandran Ashwin has taken the throne of the biggest culprit in cricket. The portrayal of Jos Buttler has come out more of a victim and RR wicketkeeper batsman has garnered sympathy.

With the games in Indian Premier League coming thick and fast, there’s so little Ravi Ashwin could do to help his case.

Let’s go in a chronological order. Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler was run-out in a controversial manner while at the non-striker’s end against Kings XI Punjab last Monday. Rajasthan Royals lost the match by 14 runs.

The dismissal is known as Mankading, after former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad. During the second test of the tour at Sydney, Mankad became a part of one never-ending controversy of world cricket that gave birth to a term called ‘Mankading’ when he dismissed Bill Brown at the non-striker’s end.

Law 41.16 Non-striker leaving his/her ground early

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. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one in the over.

If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.

Sides were chosen in the last few days and Ashwin’s likability definitely took a severe hit.

So you were given two options to join the bandwagon: #TeamAshwin or #TeamButtler. There was no middle ground.

Debate has largely revolved around ‘spirit of cricket’. As expected Buttler seemed furious and had a heated exchange with Ashwin before leaving the field.

After a lot of analysis and debate in our editorial panel, we have come to a conclusion that what Ravichandran Ashwin did was absolutely fair and legal. In an era when cricket rules favour the batsmen so much, it would be illogical to bash Ravi Ashwin for his mankading of Jos Buttler.

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