Taking to Twitter shortly after the dismissal, Warne said he was “disappointed” in Ashwin as a “captain & as a person”, and called the act “disgraceful & low”.
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
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
Warne also held the view that Ashwin’s “embarrassing and disgraceful act” was symptomatic of a win at all costs mentality in cricket, and had to stop to protect the integrity and spirit of the game, and in order to set an example for youngsters watching the game.
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
Lastly, Warne further expressed his disappointment at the manner of Buttler’s dismissal, saying he thought Ashwin had “integrity & class”.
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
At the time of the dismissal, Buttler was batting on 69 off 43 balls, putting the home side in a strong position to go on and chase the target of 185. However, Ashwin whipped the bails off at the non-striker’s end when in his delivery stride before loading, while Buttler was out of the crease.
The moment turned out to be pivotal as Royals went on to suffer a collapse and ended their innings with a whimper on 170/9.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Ashwin defended his decision to dismiss Buttler the way he did, saying it was perfectly within the rules of the game.
“On my part it was very instinctive and it was not planned or anything like that,” Ashwin said. “It is there in the rules of the game. I don’t know where the understanding of the spirit of the game comes from because quite naturally if it’s there in the rules, it’s there.
“So probably the rules need to go back and be sorted. 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.
“We ended on the right side of it but those things are game-changers and batsmen need to be wary of it.”
Meanwhile, Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane avoided offering his view on the dismissal, saying, “We are not supposed to comment on a controversial issue. The match referee will take the call.”
However, Royals coach Paddy Upton said, “I looked at his team-mates and I’m not sure it represented his team-mates.
“I think we’ll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of things they want to see, and we’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge Ashwin’s actions tonight. But for us, we’re certainly here to play cricket and entertain the fans and be good role models for people who love the game.”