Sanjay Manjrekar Echoes Dinesh Karthik's Opinion On 'Mankading'
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Sanjay Manjrekar Echoes Dinesh Karthik’s Opinion On ‘Mankading’

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‘Mankading’ Is Legitimate as Sanjay Manjrekar concurred with KKR captain Dinesh Karthik on views regarding this mode of dismissal. Sanjay Manjrekar, a cricketer turned commentator, has concurred with KKR captain Dinesh Karthik on ‘Mankading’ and said that batsmen who leave the crease before the ball is bowled should be negatively looked upon.

The topic came up for discussion before the start of Indian Premier League which commences from September 19 in the Emirates. The first instance of ‘Mankading’ in IPL came in the last edition in 2019 when Kings XI Punjab’s Ravichandran Ashwin ‘Mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals Jos Buttler.

The issue soon became one of the most debated topics as cricketers and commentators were divided upon whether ‘Mankading’ is within ‘spirit of cricket’. Delhi Capitals traded in Ravichandran Ashwin this year and their head coach Ricky Ponting said he will not allow him to affect the mode of discussion in future for Delhi Capitals.

Ravichandran Ashwin, however, defended his act despite facing severe criticism and even went on saying that he will do it again if the opportunity comes his way.

Ravichandran Ashwin Mankading
Ravichandran Ashwin Mankading
Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

‘Mankading’ Should Not Be Called So & Is Within The Rules: Dinesh Karthik

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik said that it is within the rules and added that Vinoo Mankad after whom the dismissal was named should be remembered for his contribution to Indian cricket, not for this act. Bill Brown, who was dismissed for the first instance of this dismissal by Vinoo Mankad should be remembered instead according to the KKR captain.

“There are two issues I have with this ‘Mankad’ run out. First is the implementation of it. Second is the name ‘Mankad’ run out,” he said.

“First let’s come down to the implementation. All the way from Don Bradman to Sunil Gavaskar, everyone has said it’s completely within the rules. The ICC and MCC have also taken a stand that it is okay. So I don’t see the reason why bowlers or any team that does it is looked at in a negative way.”

Don Bradman who was a legendary respected cricketer and is the only batsman averaging more than 90 in the longest format was the captain in that Test and defended Vinoo Mankad in his autobiography ‘Farewell to Cricket’.

Bill Brown, who was dismissed for the first instance of this dismissal by Vinoo Mankad should be remembered instead according to the KKR captain. He also added that since a warning was issued to Bill Brown so the spirit of cricket was upheld.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Two, the name of it. The person who did it first time was Vinoo Mankad. Interestingly, he was alert enough to do that dismissal. But more importantly, nobody remembers the batsman who got run out. It was Bill Brown.”

“If Mankad was the first person who did that run out, Bill Brown was the first person who got run out for being silly and walking out of the crease. Why is it that people remember Mankad and not Brown? Why can’t it be called anything to do with Bill Brown? He (Mankad) followed the rules and did it.”

“He (Brown) was even given a warning. Giving a warning to the batter is accepted as spirit of cricket. But I don’t see a bowler tactically giving a warning to get a batsman bowled or caught, why should a warning be given for a run out?”

He said that since ICC and MCC call it a run-out, the term ‘Mankading’ should not be used in a negative sense.

“The ICC and MCC call it a run out. So the name Mankad shouldn’t be used in a negative connotation,” the KKR captain opined.

Mankading happened for the first time during 1947-48 tour to India when Vinoo Mankad ran opposition batsman Bill Brown out despite warning him at non-striker’s end after he backed up too far.

‘Mankading’ Opinion By Dinesh Karthik 100% Agreed By Sanjay Manjrekar

Dinesh Karthik then took to Twitter and asked the likes of eminent cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, former India batsman and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar and Aakash Chopra besides KKR coach Brendon McCullum and cricketers Ravichandran Ashwin, S Badrinath, Rohan Gavaskar for their views on the issue.

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar (Credits: Twitter)

This definitely is not the last time when the debatable dismissal is discussed. It will be interesting to see if Ravichandran Ashwin or any other bowler employs the same method during this season or in forthcoming seasons of the IPL.

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