Spin legend Shane Warne slammed Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday after a controversial run-out which put cricket's unloved 'Mankad' dismissal in the spotlight once again.
Warne was among a number of leading figures to criticize the Kings XI Punjab captain who, coming into bowl in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League, checked his run as Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler, at the non-striker's end, 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 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.
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 https://t.co/jGif2TOnjI— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
"You must live with yourself and FYI -- it's too late to say sorry Mr Ashwin. You will be remembered for that low act."
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan tweeted, "I can't believe what I'm seeing!!" as comments about the incident flooded social media.
I can’t believe what I’m seeing!! @IPL Terrible example to set for young kids coming through. In time I think Ashwin will regret that.— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) March 25, 2019
"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".
Buttler, who had scored 69 off 43 deliveries in Jaipur, exchanged heated words with the Indian spinner before going back to the pavilion.
"No real argument to that," Ashwin told reporters later. "I didn't even load and he left the crease. It's always been my take on it, because it's my half of the crease."
It is not the first time Buttler has been 'Mankaded'. The English batsman was stumped at the non-striker's end by Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake in a one-day game back in 2014.
The dismissal is named after Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, who twice ran out Bill Brown at the bowler's end during India's tour of Australia in 1947.
Fraser Stewart, laws manager for the MCC which governs the rules of cricket, said it would take super-imposed footage of earlier deliveries to pinpoint when Ashwin would normally have released the ball.
"Irrespective of what Ashwin did, it was the umpire's decision," tweeted Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle -- who was accused of bias by Warne.
The Australian tweeted: "If (England's) Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to (India captain Virat Kohli) it would be ok?"