Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin made headlines on Monday after he 'mankaded' Rajasthan Royals' (RR) Jos Buttler during the fourth fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season.
In the 13th over of the fixture between the two sides, Ashwin, during one of his overs, removed the bails at the non-strikers end after realizing Buttler was out of his crease. The KXIP skipper did not hesitate in appealing and claiming the wicket, and the batsman was forced to leave the field after the third umpire ruled it out.
Following the match, which the hosts won by 14 runs, the KXIP skipper opened up about the events which had unfolded. He told media that he felt no regret, and suggested that it was an instinctive decision, and not premeditated.
"It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn't load and he (Buttler) left the crease. That's always been my take on it because it's my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn't even looking at me and he just left the place," the off-spinner said.
The KXIP skipper also defended himself by mentioning that his actions were well within the rules of the game.
"It was instinctive. It wasn't planned. I don't know where the spirit of the game things comes because if it's within the rules, it is. I don't understand the point of sporting spirit because it is within the rules," Ashwin added.
The incident surrounding the two players sent ripples around the cricketing world. While some chose to side with Ashwin, stating whatever he did was within the rules of the game, others supported Buttler, suggesting KXIP skipper's action were unacceptable.
One of the most ferocious critic of Ashwin's act on Monday was Shane Warne. The RR mentor went on a Twitter rampage to slam KXIP skipper, calling his act as disgraceful.