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Ravichandran Ashwin Uses 'Buttler Mankading' Incident To Highlight Importance Of Staying Indoors

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On this day, last year, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were busy fighting it out with Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the fourth match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). A whirlwind knock of 79 runs by Chris Gayle and an impressive spell of 2-31 by Mujeeb Ur Rahman powered the visiting KXIP brigade to a 14-run triumph in Jaipur. 

But, that IPL clash is neither known for Gayle's knock, nor for KXIP's crucial away win. The pulsating match is widely remembered for the 'mankading' incident that grabbed all the limelight. 

Chasing a total of 184 runs, Rajasthan were looking on course in their run-chase with Jos Buttler carrying the baton for the home side. But, just when the hosts looked in control, Ravichandran Ashwin surprised everyone. 

It was the 13th over when KXIP captain Ashwin was into the attack. On the fifth delivery of the over, he was getting ready to bowl to Sanju Samson when, right before moving into his delivery stride, Ashwin caught Buttler short at the crease by dislodging the bails at the non-striker's end. 

Following an appeal, which led to a referral to the third umpire, a furious Buttler was ruled out. 

Donât know where understanding of spirit comes from, if itâs in the rules, itâs there - Ashwin on the 'mankading' of Jos Buttler.#T20Cricket #Mankading #Rajasthan #Punjab pic.twitter.com/xOSnaJaScf

â Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) March 26, 2019

Buttler's 'mankading' at the hands of Ashwin drew all sorts of responses on social media with factions divided as some deeming it fit as per rules of the games and others opining it was against the spirit of cricket. 

Well, it's been exactly a year, but the debate still goes on. While the opinions of fans and pundits remain divided, Ashwin seems to have found good use of the infamous incident. 

With India under a 21-day lockdown amid novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the off-spinner used his 'Buttler mankading' incident to highlight the importance of staying indoors in times of crisis. 

Taking to Twitter, Ashwin shared the infamous photo of himself where he was seen 'mankading' the England batsmen during last year's clash. 

Hahaha, somebody sent me this and told me it's exactly been 1 year since this run out happened.

As the nation goes into a lockdown, this is a good reminder to my citizens.

Don't wander out. Stay inside, stay safe! #21DayLockdown pic.twitter.com/bSN1454kFt

â lets stay indoors India ???? (@ashwinravi99) March 25, 2020

"Hahaha, somebody sent me this and told me it's exactly been 1 year since this run out happened. As the nation goes into a lockdown, this is a good reminder to my citizens. Don't wander out. Stay inside, stay safe! #21DayLockdown," he tweeted. 

Ashwin's tweet has garnered a lot of response on social media with fans sharing their own views on the current lockdown situation and the 'mankading' incident. 

He crossed Lakshman Rekha???? and got out????

â yella Akhil (@AkhilYella) March 25, 2020

Butler reaction will be ???? pic.twitter.com/g1IXXvHn61

â Thiaga (@thiaga87) March 25, 2020

#21daylockdown related to 22 Yards!

When rule makers have set out guidelines & instructions, follow that, it's in best interest of everyone involved in.

Don't disrespect it, venture out & then say oh I went only one day only, to see my friend, not intended for this, that etc.

â Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) March 25, 2020

Loved how you referred it as the way it should be referred to as a "RUN-OUT". Also, brilliant way to spread the message of #LockdownIndia. Full of wit and Humour as always ?? #StayAtHomeSaveLives

â Kartik O ??????? (@KOCricket528) March 25, 2020

Ye bhi hamesha yaad rahega @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/jp3qIyWExM

â Abhishek Deval (@AbhishekDeval7) March 25, 2020

@josbuttler ?????? Stay Safe Always

â Arun Krivin (@arunperfect7) March 25, 2020

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