Ravichandran Ashwin Responds to James Anderson’s Demand for Removal of 'Mankad' Rule

Ravichandran Ashwin Responds to James Anderson’s Demand for Removal of ‘Mankad’ Rule

Ravichandran Ashwin, James Anderson, Mankad, Mankad Rule
Ravichandran Ashwin Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The Mankad dismissal has sparked controversy since the time Vinoo Mankad used it in 1947. India’s Mankad initiated it to run out Bill Brown at the non-striker’s end when the batsman was found out of his crease. Post that, Kapil Dev used it to run out Peter Kirsten of South Africa. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin responded to English pacer’s James Anderson, who recently suggested the world cricket governing body ICC to scrap the ‘Mankad’ Rule.

The debate about this kind of dismissal again when Ashwin, the former captain of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) used it to send back Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League. The Englishman’s dismissal is the turning point of the match riled up several cricketers and fans across the world. Kings XI Punjab went on to win the game by a narrow margin.

Not too long ago, the Indian off-spinner also claimed that he would do the same again to a batsman who he finds out of the crease at the non-striker’s end in the upcoming season. And the 33-year old took to Twitter to reply to Anderson’s demand by saying that: “Law removal might need some deliberation!! A shredder might do the trick for now.”

Mankad graces up with its presence in the U-19 World Cup:

Not long back when the Windies bowler did it. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The controversial mode of getting a batsman out made its presence felt even during the ongoing U-19 World Cup quarter-final between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Afghan spinner Noor Ahmed ran out Pakistan’s opening batsman Mohammad Huraira at the non-striker’s end when he found the opener entirely out of the crease while delivering the ball.

The matter, when referred to the third umpire by the on-field umpire, went in favour of Afghanistan. The laws of the game state that “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would have normally expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be run-out.”

Pakistan meanwhile went on to beat Afghanistan and will face arch-rivals India in the semi-final on Tuesday.