Remember Ashwin doing the same in an international game: Kaif on Mankad controversy

Kings XI Punjab got their campaign off to a winning start in the Indian Premier League on Monday but their victory was overshadowed by a controversial run out that took place in the second innings with R Ashwin and Jos Buttler being involved in the heat of things.

Chasing 185 for victory, the Royals were cruising when Jos Buttler was at the crease. Controversy unfolded in the 13th over when Ashwin came in to bowl and Mankaded Buttler and appealed immediately. Jos Buttler was seething with rage but he had to walk off after replays confirmed Buttler was short of the crease.

Social media was immediately flooded with reactions from the cricketing fraternity with Buttler’s England teammates Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy slamming Ashwin for his unsportsmanlike conduct.

Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif meanwhile, reminded everybody of a similar incident with Ashwin.

“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,” Kaif Tweeted.

England’s limited-overs captain Morgan and Roy meanwhile, were disgusted with what they saw.

“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,” Morgan tweeted.

“Ashwin, that’s shocking behaviour! Very disappointed to see that,” Roy tweeted.

Immediately after Buttler’s dismissal, the Royals completely lost their way and collapsed from 108 for 1 to 164 for 9 in 20 overs to lose the match by 14 runs.

Before the collapse, Rajasthan openers Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane had smashed 78 runs in quick time to lay the foundation for the run chase and entertained their home crowd with some lusty blows early on. Buttler and Sanju Samson then added 30 runs for the second wicket before the controversial run out of the Englishman.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot and Sam Curran then stood up for Kings XI and picked up 2 wickets each to derail the Royals run chase and win the match for Kings XI Punjab.


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