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Shane Warne slams Ravichandran Ashwin after Jos Buttler’s ‘Mankad’ dismissal, calls it‘embarrassing and disgraceful’

Shane Warne was quite critical of Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin after the ‘Mankad’ dismissal of Jos Buttler during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match.

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2019 15:25 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after dismissing Jos Buttler.
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after dismissing Jos Buttler.(IPL)
         

Rajasthan Royals team mentor Shane Warne was quite critical of Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin after the ‘Mankad’ dismissal of Jos Buttler during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match on Monday.

Rajasthan Royals batsman Buttler was run out on 69 while backing up at the non-striker’s end, with Kings XI Punjab skipper Ashwin choosing to whip off the bails as the runner stepped out of the crease instead of completing his delivery to the batsman on strike.

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“So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball - so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI - this a not a good look for the #IPL,” Warne wrote on Twitter.

 

Kings XI Punjab began their IPL journey on a successful note as they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs. Chasing a target of 185, Rajasthan got off to a brisk start as openers Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler built a solid 78-run partnership, which saw Buttler bringing his half-century off 29 balls.

However, Buttler’s dismissal rattled the hosts as they ended their chase on 170 for the loss of nine.

“Last point on the embarrassing & disgraceful act of @ashwinravi99 ! This win at all costs mentality has got to stop & the integrity of the game along with the spirit of the game must be of the most importance, as we need to set examples to the young boys & girls playing cricket !,” he wrote in another tweet.

 

Ashwin was criticised by a large number of former cricketers and Warne concluded by saying that if the same would have happened with Virat Kohli, the reaction would have been completely different.

“Sorry - one more thing to add. If Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli it would be ok ? I’m just very disappointed in Ashwin as I thought he had integrity & class. Kings lost a lot of supporters tonight. Especially young boys and girls ! I do hope the BCCI does something,” he concluded.