Ashwin's advice to Pandya
Ashwin's advice to Pandya

Team India get rid of a scare against Bangladesh in a crucial match in Bangalore, but in the last over India had the last laugh as the host won the match by one run.

However, Bangladesh were marching towards the victory, but suddenly there was a twist in the match as India’s  emerging all-rounder Hardik Pandya managed to defend 11 runs in the last over. Three batsmen got out in the last three deliveries as India came from nowhere to win the game dramatically and keep their hopes alive to qualify for the semifinal.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who won the man of the match award for an outstanding spell of2 for 20 in his 4 overs, admitted that he gave Pandya a cheeky advice in the last over when the match was precariously placed.

“I actually gave him a cheeky idea to try and Mankad at the end. I know we might have got a bit of flak, but why not!”, admitted Ashwin after the match with a smile on his face.

Vinoo Mankad during the turn of Australia in the 1947 and 48 season ran out Australian player Bill Brown in the second Test of the tour. He tugged the stumps at the non-striker’s end during his run up while the batsman at that end was out of his crease.

Since then if a bowler run out a nonstriking end batsman, who leave the nonstriking end even before the bowler rolls his arm for the delivery, it has been infamously known as marketing. The puritan over the years have been criticizing this way of dismissal as they think that it is cheating and it is against the spirit of the game, but on many occasions, bowler took the opportunity to out a nonstriking batsman as the ICC law permits it.

Ashwin has been quite vocal in his support for Mankading

Whenever a bowler gets a batsman out that way, he receives a lot of flake. However, cricket’s greatest batsman Sir Donald Bradman supported Vinoo Mankad for his action and wrote in his autobiography,  “For the life of me, I can’t understand why (the press) questioned his sportsmanship. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the non-striker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered. If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the non-striker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage.”

Ashwin has been quite vocal in his support for the rule off Mankading and he even appealed for one  against Sri Lanka batsman Lahiru Thirmanne which the skipper Virender Sehwag withdrew Ashwin warned Thrimanne before doing that.

He even supported the West Indies under 19 bowler Keemo Paul who was severely criticized for Mankading a batsman in the recently concluded ICC Under 19 World Cup. So, it will be interesting to see whether Ashwin repeats the act in the future or not.

It is just matter of sportsmanship that makes this issue of Mankading a contentious. However, his captain would also have to support him. The rules clearly suggest that the bowler has every right to do so.

India, however, didn’t need to ‘mankad’ anyone at the end as they pulled off a thriller through a combination of luck, composure, and skill.