‘Disgraceful and low’ – backlash for Ashwin over mankad run-out

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NEW DELHI – Spin legend Shane Warne led criticism of India’s Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday after a controversial run-out which put cricket’s unloved ‘Mankad’ dismissal in the spotlight.
Warne was among a number of leading figures to fault the Kings XI Punjab captain who, coming into bowl in the Indian Premier League, checked his run as Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler left his crease, and whipped off his bails.
The rarely used dismissal is within the laws of the game but critics say it is unsportsmanlike and not in the spirit of the deeply traditional sport.
Warne, a member of the MCC World Cricket Committee, called for India’s cricket board the BCCI to take action against Ashwin, who was unrepentant about the incident after Punjab’s 14-run win.
“As captain of your side you set the standard… Why do such a disgraceful and low act like that tonight?” tweeted the Australian.
“You must live with yourself and FYI – it’s too late to say sorry Mr Ashwin. You will be remembered for that low act.”
As Captain of your side – you set the standard of the way the team wants to play & what the team stands for ! Why do such a disgraceful & low act like that tonight ? You must live with yourself & FYI – it’s to late to say sorry Mr Ashwin. You will be remembered for that low act
Shane Warne
?@ShaneWarne
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
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan tweeted, “I can’t believe what I’m seeing!!” as comments about the incident flooded social media.
“Terrible example to set for young kids coming through. In time I think Ashwin will regret that,” posted Morgan, adding that he was “so disappointed in (Ashwin) as a captain and as a person”.