It was not planned but very instinctive: Ashwin on Mankad run out

It was not planned but very instinctive: Ashwin on Mankad run out

It was not planned but very instinctive: Ashwin on Mankad run out

The England wicketkeeper-batsman reached his third consecutive fifty against Kings XI off just 29 deliveries.

A desperate Ashwin mankaded Buttler in controversial circumstances in the 13th over with Rajasthan scoreboard reading 108 for two.

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I argue that in a game that has systematically become a batters' paradise, surely bowlers should be allowed to come up with creative ways to get the upper hand, provided that it's within the rules?

Mankading was never illegal in cricket, but the rules regarding this kind of dismissal have changed over the years.

Buttler was certainly not smiling after the incident but West Indian bowler Tino Best saw the amusing side, suggesting that the unorthodox mode of dismissal is the only way bowlers will be able to get the Englishman out at the World Cup.

Critics say the dismissal is against the spirit of cricket and should be preceded by a warning from a bowler to a batsman. He was out in a similar fashion in 2014 when Sri Lanka's Sachitra Senanayake dismissed him in the same fashion.

Ashwin has also shared his views on the discussion. Their false shots and soft dismissals saw them lose wickets at regular intervals before Shami's pinch ideal 19th over put the final nail in RR's innings. If you walk out of your ground and someone wants to do it, it is in the laws of the game. Or is it just a way for bowlers to stop non-strikers gaining an unfair advantage?

Even after Buttler's dismissal, RR were on course towards another victory over Kings because Steve Smith and Sanju Samson were timing the ball really well and scoring runs in fours and sixes but a brilliant catch by KL Rahul of Smith turned the game in Kings XI's favor.

"I think R Ashwin's actions tonight speak for him and represent him, when I looked at his team-mates", Upton said, "and I'm not sure it represented his team-mates. Over to u BCCI - this a not a good look for the #IPL", Warne wrote in his twitter handle. Make no mistake, Buttler is not the only guy in world cricket who does that.

"No real argument to that. It's always been my take on it, because it's my half of the crease", he said.

Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane, in an awkward situation given he is Ashwin's Indian Test teammate, played down the controversy and said his team would take it "sportingly".

Rahane opted not to wade into the issue, saying: "We are not supposed to comment on a controversial issue".

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

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