Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin caused a controversial dismissal in the Indian Premier League 2019 clash against Rajasthan Royals on Monday. During the 12th over of RR’s innings, Ashwin spotted that Buttler was outside his crease as he took his bowling run-up.
The right-handed batsman was on 68 at the time and was looking good. But seeing that Buttler was outside his crease, Ashwin dislodged the stumps, causing an end to his innings at a crucial stage in the match. Buttler indulged in a heated discussion in the middle with Ashwin and then walked off infuriated.
What the !!! I doubt if this can be given out even by the rule book 🤔
The way I see it he was not stepping out too much!!! Batsman looks “in” when the bowler was in his release stride! Hayden said it right & the game changed there !!! Not fair even by school standards ! #Mankad pic.twitter.com/Aq2VMwVyz1
— T R B Rajaa (@TRBRajaa) 25 March 2019
The incident sparked a debate among cricket fraternity on whether the run out was done in a poor taste, considering Ashwin had not warned Buttler even once before dismissing him in this fashion.
Buttler’s dismissal sparked a collapse for RR, who lost seven wickets in the final over. Chasing down 185, the side could only manage to reach 170/9 in 20 overs.
RR were asked to chase down the total of 185 by KXIP, after Chris Gayle scored 79 in 47 balls for the visitors.