IPL 2019: What is Mankading? Explaining the History After Ravichandran Ashwin-Jos Buttler Run Out
The dismissal of Jos Buttler in the 4th match of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) caused an uproar from the cricketing fraternity after Ravichandran Ashwin ran him out in his bowling stride as Buttler had left his crease. Following the dismissal, Ashwin was criticised by many former cricketers for his lack of sportsmanship. However, Ravichandran Ashwin made it very clear in the presentation ceremony that it was pretty instinctive and it just happened. He wasn’t regretting the act as Ashwin felt if a law is there and it is carried out how come the spirit of the game can get affected.
He is absolutely correct in his views. But what bothers me is Ashwin waited for Jos Buttler to get out of the crease and then whipped the bails of. Had he been just in his delivery stride and Buttler had moved ahead, it was perfectly within the spirit of the game to ran him out. However, if you watch the footage carefully, you will understand that it was actually Ashwin who waited to Buttler to get out of the crease and then whipped the bails off.
There is no doubt about the fact that it is an unsporting gesture and Ashwin will face a lot of flak for this particular incident even in the future. Jos Buttler was literally fuming and gave a mouthful to Ashwin before leaving the ground.
In the end, it was the dismissal of Jos Buttler which helped Kings XI Punjab claw their way back into the game. Eventually, Punjab registered a 14 runs victory to start of their campaign on a winning note. Following the conclusion of the match, social media was filled with tweets surrounding the mankading incident and how Ashwin could have handled the situation differently.
What is Mankading?
The term ‘Mankading’ in cricket refers to a situation when a bowler runs out a batsman at the non-striker’s end who leaves the crease before the bowler delivers the ball.
History of Mankading
The term ‘Mankading’ came into the reckoning when Indian Vinoo Mankad had run out Bill Brown in a similar way during a Test match in 1947. However, Vinood Mankad had warned Bill Brown before actually getting him out at the non-striker’s end. The action of Vinoo Mankad didn’t go down well with the Australian media and they came at him hard.
However, Sir Donald Bradman in his autobiography defended Vinoo Mankad for his actions and stated that whatever is there in the law of the game cannot be against the spirit of the game. He said that there shouldn’t be any controversy surrounding this since dismissal of this kind exists in the game.
When a batsman is Mankaded, the scoreboard shows run out and it is perfectly legal to whip the bails off without giving prior notice. However, cricket experts and former cricketers feel that it was against the spirit of the game and Ashwin will regret it in the coming years.
A usual norm for a “Mankading” is giving a warning to the batsman. But this time around not only did Ashwin not give a warning, he actually waited for Buttler to get out of the crease and nonchalantly whipped the bails off. This was the first ever time that a ‘Mankading’ dismissal has happened in 12 editions of the tournament.
If this sort of action is against the spirit of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) should ban this form of dismissal altogether. Until the law is there, you cannot stop bowlers from running out from the non-striker’s end. Sporting or unsporting doesn’t matter until and unless the law states that a bowler can dismiss a batsman in that manner.
A perfect example of sportsman spirit
Over the years ‘Mankading’ has not only been surrounded by controversies of bowlers running out batsmen at the no striker’s end but also vice versa. Back in 1987 World Cup, former Windies speedster Courtney Walsh didn’t run out Saleem Jaffer when the batsmen had gone way too far as Walsh was in his delivery stride.
It was a group match and Pakistan won the match by a wicket in the end. Pakistan needed two from the last delivery and Saleem Jaffer had backed up way too much. However, Walsh decided to not run out Jaffer as he felt it would be against the spirit of the game. Walsh’s actions cost Windies the match. However, his act was hailed as one of the best advertisements of sporting spirit in the game.
Mankading in the future
Ashwin’s act will definitely urge other bowlers to run out batsmen at the non-striker’s end more consistently. Batsmen at the non-striker’s end will be careful from now on and will look to take a few strides only when a bowler completes the delivery. However, I feel if such a rule is there then batsmen should start being more careful while backing-up. Despite the laws, there is no doubt that Ashwin’s act wasn’t a great advertisement for the sport.
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