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Ravi Ashwin tried to 'Mankad' Lahiru Thirimanne during an ODI in 2012

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It is the incident that has all the cricket world talking.

Normally the Indian Premier League creates headlines for big hits and fine individual feats of the batting and bowling variety.

However, on Monday there was great a great deal of controversy when Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin 'mankaded' English keeper-batsman Jos Buttler in the clash between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.

For those who are not aware of the mankad term, it is when a bowler sees that the non-striker batsman is out of his crease and knocks off the bails as he attempts to deliver the ball, therefore running him out.

The name comes from Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad who was the first player to perform such a action when he ran out Australian Bill Brown in the 1947/8 tour.

It caused a great deal of uproar at the time, and since that moment it has become an unwritten code amongst players that the action is unsporting in its nature.

Some bowlers have been known to give the batsman a verbal warning if they see them repeatedly trying to gain an edge in leaving the crease early.

Ashwin, who is the Kings XI captain, has faced a great deal of criticism from some of icons of the game - including Shane Warne and former English captain Michael Vaughan.

However, it turns out it isn't the first time Ashwin has tried the frowned upon tactic.

Footage has recently re-emerged from 2012 when the Indian international mankaded Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne during an ODI.

Similar to the Buttler incident, Ashwin was mid-way through his bowling action, but after recognising Thirimanne was well out of his ground, knocked off the bails and he was seemingly on his way.

The two umpires looked puzzled and were unsure how to handle the unsavoury situation.

It took the intervention of Sachin Tendulkar to calm the situation and, along with captain Virender Sehwag, India eventually withdrew the appeal.

That action won universal praise in the cricketing world at the time.

Clearly Ashwin still hasn't learned from six years ago then...

Yesterday, Buttler was looming as a key figure in the run chase of the Royals where he was on 69 from only 42 balls.

Sitting comfortably on 108/1 at the time of the incident, the Royals went on to lose their last nine wickets for 62 runs and going down by 14 runs.

Speaking after this particular incident, Ashwin was unrepentant saying:

"I didn’t even load and he just left the crease. We ended on the right side of the coin, but I definitely think that those are game-changing moments and batsmen need to be wary of it."

There are bound to be a range of opinions about this particular incident and it all depends if you believe if the bowler should warn the batsman before taking action.

Topics:
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Sri Lanka cricket
India cricket
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Ravichandran Ashwin
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