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."
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".
Buttler, who had scored 69 off 43 deliveries in Jaipur, exchanged heated words with the Indian spinner before trudging off dejectedly.
"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 'Mankad' for England's Buttler, who was stumped at the non-striker's end by Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake in a one-day match 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.
Replays of Monday's game suggested Buttler was still in his crease at the moment Ashwin would have been expected to release the ball, and therefore should not have been given out.
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?"
Stokes, who took two wickets and scored six runs for Royals in Monday's eventful game, had his say on the issue in a light-hearted post on Twitter.
"Hopefully I'm playing in the World Cup final and if @imVkohli is batting when I'm bowling I would never ever ever ever ever ever.....just clarifying to the mentions I've received," the all-rounder said.
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— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Harsha you are missing the point completely & I’m disappointed in you as you always push the spirit of the game - now you condone this behaviour ? Ashwin’s actions were simply disgraceful, and I hope the BCCI doesn’t condone this sort of behaviour in the #IPL ! #spiritofthegame https://t.co/BsIKDBN51X— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
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
Harsha, if that had of been an international player you would have nailed him ! Please do not be bias & stick up for your own. Any player in the game that does that to anyone is an embarrassment to the game & as captain it’s even more disgraceful ! #spiritofthegame ! https://t.co/4PqLL1MzBT— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Last point on the embarrassing & disgraceful act of @ashwinravi99 ! This win at all costs mentality has got to stop & the integrity of the game along with the spirit of the game must be of the most importance, as we need to set examples to the young boys & girls playing cricket !— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
And to all the people (including ex players) saying it’s in the laws of the game, but you don’t like what he did & you wouldn’t do it - I ask you this “why wouldn’t you?” ! Simple answer - it’s disgraceful and embarrassing plus it’s against the spirit of the game !— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Sorry - one more thing to add. If Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli it would be ok ? I’m just very disappointed in Ashwin as I thought he had integrity & class. Kings lost a lot of supporters tonight. Especially young boys and girls ! I do hope the BCCI does something— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwin— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019