New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler’s ‘mankad’ dismissal has left Twitterverse stunned, with many expressing disappointment over Kings XI Punjab’s skipper Ravichandran Ashwin’s “disgraceful act.” During Monday’s match, Ashwin noticed that Buttler was advancing out of his crease before he was releasing the ball, so he decided to stop in his action and removed the bails before lodging the appeal.
The decision was sent to the third umpire, who decided to rule Buttler out. This decision by Ashwin to dismiss Buttler this way sparked outrage on social media and saw many current and former players express their angst.
However, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle was seen advertising the law of the game and said Ashwin was within his rights to dismiss the batsman. In a couple of tweets, he wrote, “Lots of drama on the Buttler run-out. He was livid but the law and the advisory on it is 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.”
“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.” Buttler was smashing the Punjab bowlers all around the park while chasing a target of 185 runs, but after his dismissal, Rajasthan Royals slipped from 108/1 to 170/9, losing the match by 14 runs.