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KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Rohit Sharma Said KL Rahul’s Lord’s 100 Is Probably The Best That He Has Seen

Rohit Sharma heaped rich praise on KL Rahul after his batting partner hit a hundred on the opening day of the 2nd Test between India and England at Lord’s. Rohit Sharma said KL Rahul did not have any confusion and executed his plans clear in the middle in difficult conditions for batting against the moving Dukes’ ball in London on Thursday.

KL Rahul became only the 3rd Indian opener and the 10th overall from the country to hit a hundred at the iconic venue and find himself a spot on the Lord’s Honours board. KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 127 at Stump’s on Day 1 as India finished at a dominant position, having posted 276 for 3 in 90 overs.

 Lord's Test: It was KL Rahul's day and he made it count, says Rohit Sharma (Reuters Photo)
Lord’s Test: It was KL Rahul’s day and he made it count, says Rohit Sharma (Reuters Photo)

Rohit Sharma Said This Is Probably The Best That He Has Seen KL Rahul Bat

KL Rahul was happy to play second fiddle to Rohit Sharma during their 126-run opening stand that set a solid platform for India after Joe Root won the toss and opted to bowl. KL Rahul was solid in defence and left balls outside the off-stump wonderfully well.

After Rohit Sharma missed out on a well-deserved hundred by just 17 runs, KL Rahul took charge and dominated his partnership with Virat Kohli for the 3rd wicket. KL  Rahul was fluent on the off-side as he drove off the front foot and punched off the back foot with precision. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli added 117 runs before Ollie Robinson sent the India captain back to the hut late on Day 1.

“This is probably the best that I have seen KL Rahul bat,” Rohit Sharma said after Day 1 action in London.

“I thought he was very much in control from Ball 1. Till we finished the day today, he looked very much in control. At no point, it looked like he was confused or thinking too much, he was very clear about his plans. When you are clear with your plans, when you trust your plans, it definitely works,” he added.

“I thought today was his day and I thought he really made it count.”

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul managed to emulate a 69-year-old record for India. (Reuters Photo)
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul managed to emulate a 69-year-old record for India. (Reuters Photo)

Rohit Sharma posted his highest Test score in overseas conditions but the senior batter missed out on an opportunity to score his first Test hundred. Rohit Sharma came up with flawless innings but James Anderson got the better of the well-set opener with an inswinger.

“I wouldn’t say the best (knock of mine) because as long as you’re playing, there will be a lot of opportunities. But certainly, challenging one, the most challenging that I have played. I felt very good, was very happy with the way I started off. Unfortunate dismissal but probably I couldn’t have done anything to that,” Rohit said.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul broke a 69-year-old record for India at Lord’s on Thursday in the ongoing second Test with their gritty opening partnership against England. The duo put on a 100-run opening partnership in a Test match for India at Lord’s for the first time since 1952. Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy were the last Indian openers to achieve the feat when they put on 106 for the first wicket against England in 1952 at the home of cricket.

Rohit Sharma Said KL Rahul Has A Similar Mindset Like Him

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have combined at the top for India in Tests for the first time in this series against England but the pair had already put two solid opening stands — 97 at Trent Bridge and 126 at Lord’s. Rohit Sharma said despite not opening together much in the longest format of the game, the two batsmen have been able to get the job done because they understand each other’s game well.

“Honestly, there was no discussion because KL was not supposed to play, Mayank was supposed to play. But unfortunately, he had a concussion and then KL stepped in. Only when we went out to bat, we started discussing what we need to do.”

KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI

“Yes, this is the first time I am batting with him in Tests but we have batted with each other a number of times, we know each other’s game, we understand each other’s game. It’s important to keep talking in the middle. You can be very lonely if you don’t have someone to communicate with. Both KL and I have a similar mindset and we want to take the game forward,” Rohit added.

In the 1st Test against England too, KL Rahul, playing his first Test in nearly two years, scored a tenacious 84 off 214 balls, spending nearly 350 minutes out in the middle of the crease. Thanks to his performance, India managed to get a crucial 95-run lead over England in the first innings.

KL Rahul, who last played a Test before Nottingham in August of 2019 against West Indies, before the England Test series, was drafted into the Playing XI after opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was ruled out due to a concussion.

The 28-year-old batsman who can do wicket-keeping job as well debuted in 2014 in Tests. KL Rahul had scored a century in a three-day warm-up game before the Test series and he top-scored with 84 as India made 278 in reply to England’s first-innings 183 in the 1st Test.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter
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WV Raman Will Re-apply For India’s Women Team Head Coach

WV Raman, former India opener is all set to reapply for the role of the Indian women team’s head coach, according to the Press Trust of India. WV Raman, who oversaw the preparations for the recently-concluded ODI and T20I series against South Africa, was asked to continue as the head coach despite his contract expiring in October last year.

The BCCI on Tuesday invited applications for the role of women’s team head coach. According to the advertisement, the coach will also have a considerable say in the roadmap for women’s U-19 and ‘A’ teams. It is believed that the senior team head coach will also have a considerable say in the roadmap for the women’s A, Under-19 and NCA teams, the report added.

WV Raman
WV Raman. Image-ICC

WV Raman Will Apply For The Post Of Women’s Head Coach

Former India opener WV Raman is all set to re-apply for the head coach’s post of the Indian women’s cricket team as the BCCI is looking at empowering him with more responsibilities.

BCCI has published the advertisement on its website as per the requirements of its new constitution which states that the ending of every contractual agreement should be followed by seeking fresh applications.

Woorkeri Venkat Raman, or referred to as WV Raman, is set to re-apply for the role of head coach of the India Women’s senior team after his two-year contract expired last year as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent out a release for applicants for the vacant spot.

“As far as I know, WV will be applying for the post. Under his guidance, the women’s team reached the finals of the World T20. And don’t forget this series against South Africa was the first in one year. He is well within his rights to re-apply and I believe he remains a strong contender,’ a senior BCCI official told PTI.

Mithali Raj File Image (Twitter.com/@ICC)
Mithali Raj File Image (Twitter.com/@ICC)

With the women’s ODI World Cup re-scheduled in New Zealand in less than a year’s time in 2022 and a full tour of England in June-July, it will be interesting to see if the BCCI, which has always believed in continuity, persists with the stylish former southpaw or looks at other options. Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will follow the 2022 Women’s World Cup.

The 55-year-old WV Raman reckons that the team should have a preparatory camp before they take on England in a one-off Test match in June this year. The Mithali Raj-led side will play its first Test in more than 6 years when they tour England for 1 Test, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. WV Raman’s remarks came in view of the recent series loss to South Africa, India’s first series in a year post the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup final.
Mithali Raj is hopeful that the continuation of the Women’s T20 Challenge for another two years will pave the way for the Women’s Indian Premier League.

ECB Confirms Women’s Tour To England Will Comprise Of One-Off Test, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20Is

Only on Tuesday, the ECB confirmed the schedule of the tour, which was initially revealed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah. The Indian women’s cricket team will play a historic one-off Test against England in Bristol as part of a multi-format series that will also feature three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals starting June 16.

“Whoever is the new head coach will have more say as we plan to develop a robust A and U-19 team before we can start a full-fledged six or eight-team women’s IPL. And who better than the new chief coach to monitor a smooth transition from U-19 to senior level for the girls,” the official said.

Ashish Kapoor - File Photo , Zee News
Ashish Kapoor – File Photo, Zee News

The BCCI will also have a fresh set of junior selectors with the ICC Under-19 World Cup scheduled to be held next year. The appointments to replace the Ashish Kapoor-led committee was delayed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which also led to the age-group cricket being postponed.

However, it is understood that the U-19 One Day Championship for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy will start at the end of May or early June.

The junior selection committee will also be in charge of selecting the U-23 Emerging India squad. For the junior selection committee, the criteria is a minimum of 25 first-class games and also retirement from competitive cricket for at least five years.

Sunil Gavaskar, Delhi Capitals, IPL 2019
Gavaskar lauds Capitals' show. (Photo by Chirag Wakaskar-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)
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IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar Calls Using Name ‘Mankad’ For Dismissal As Unacceptable, Favours ‘Brown’ Instead

Former Indian legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has called using the name ‘Mankad’ for dismissal as unacceptable.’ Mankad’ is named after legendary Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad, who first ‘Mankaded’ an Australian player Bill Brown in 1947. ‘Mankading’ is a method of running out where a bowler dismisses a non-striker by whipping off the bails before he finds a batsman well outside the crease.

A recent incident involving Ravichandran Ashwin and Aaron Finch in the DC vs RCB clash, where the former only warned Finch of Mankading when he was caught running early from the non-striker’s end. Ashwin, who has joined DC from KXIP this season did mankading of Jos Buttler, last season.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin warns Finch, Image credits: IPL

The first thing that struck me when I saw that was when will the Aussies learn? : Sunil Gavaskar on the incident involving Finch and Ashwin

Sunil Gavaskar questioned the rules for the batsman leaving the crease early and the added advantage involved with it. He said the field restrictions with a minimal flaw would call for a no-ball but there is no rule limiting the batsman at non-striker’s end to leave the crease substantially early.

“They have fielding restrictions that stipulate a minimum number of players within the 30-yard circle and if someone stands just a foot outside, then that’s ruled a no-ball. If someone gets out that ball, it’s not out.

“I have no issues with it, as that’s the rule. Why is it okay if a batsman does it at the non-striker’s end? In today’s time, thanks to technology, a batsman is run out even if it’s just millimeters and we fuss so much with endless replays to rule it out.

“It’s because of the mythical spirit of cricket, applied arbitrarily. Aaron Finch was almost a yard or yard-and-a-half down before Ashwin had released the ball. Just imagine the advantage the non-striker has,” Sunil Gavaskar told Indian Express.

Sunil Gavaskar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant
Sunil Gavaskar (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Gavaskar said a thought struck him when he saw the Ashwin-Finch drama and that was when will the Australians learn because the first person to be Mankaded was an Australian in 1947 and its 2020 and still they haven’t learnt.

He added, “The first thing that struck me when I saw that was when will the Aussies learn? Because it happened to Bill Brown in 1947 and we are in 2020; they still haven’t learnt. The simple thing is you have to look at the bowler and move out when he releases. You can’t look at the batsman, like Finch was doing and walk out of the crease. The law is clear. It’s as simple as that.”

Sunil Gavaskar justifies his point of using the term ‘Brown’ instead of ‘Mankad’

Gavaskar opined that using Indian legendary cricketer, Vinoo Mankad’s name for unsportsmanlike behaviour in the sport is not acceptable to him. He said it baffles him to see so many in the Indian media using the term and that is not respectable to a legend.

Gavaskar suggests that the Indians should be the last to encourage the usage of such. He said he used ‘Brown’ while commentating when Ashwin warned Finch because Bill Brown was at fault in the history books, not Vinoo Mankad.

“Vinoo Mankad is a legend of Indian cricket, one of the great all-rounders who has won matches for India. And you use his name for, what is looked at by the cricketing world, as unsportsmanlike behaviour – that’s not acceptable to me.

“I don’t want an Indian legend’s name to be disparaged. It baffles me why so many in the Indian media keep using that word as if they don’t have any respect for any Indian legends. As Indians, we should be the last to encourage such usage. That’s why yesterday on television, I said Ashwin tried to Brown him. Because Bill Brown was at fault in 1947 and not Vinoo Mankad,” he added.

Ricky Ponting, Ashwin
Brown dismissal. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In an opportunity to ‘Brown’ Aaron Finch, Ravichandran Ashwin gave it a pass and just warned the batsman. Ashwin had been warned by DC head coach Ricky Ponting to avoid Mankading before the season started.

IPL 2019, Dinesh Karthik, Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. Photo by Saikat Das /SPORTZPICS for BCCI
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Dinesh Karthik Suggests Mankading Should Not Be Used Negatively

Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata Knight Rider’s skipper, warns not to use the word ‘Mankad’ with negative implication as Vinoo Mankad should also be remembered for his achievements as a cricketer. He feels that Bill Brown who was the first man to be dismissed at non-striker’s end in 1947 before Vinoo Mankad delivered the ball should be remembered instead. He also feels that the dismissal is within the spirit of cricket as it is legitimate.

The incident became a hot topic after Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting said that he will not allow Ravichandran Ashwin to repeat ‘Mankading’ after he was traded in by the team from Kings XI Punjab. Ravichandran Ashwin, the spin wizard ‘mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in an IPL match in 2019.

Dinesh Karthik,KKR
Dinesh Karthik, KKR. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Dinesh Karthik Says Vinoo Mankad Should Be Remembered For His Contribution

While Dinesh Karthik talked to Cricketnext as part of the Laws of Cricket Challenge, he questioned why Australian Bill Brown who was run out by Vinoo Mankad in the first example of the dismissal in 1947 was not remembered despite walking out of the crease.

“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.”

Karthik said that since both ICC and MCC call the dismissal run out it should not be called ‘Mankad’ besides stressing upon the fact that Bill Brown was warned beforehand and nobody remembers him.

“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.”

Vinoo Mankad
Vinoo Mankad.Photo Credit:Twitter

“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?

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

The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper stressed on the fact that it is wrong to associate Vinoo Mankad only for this act. Vinoo Mankad was best known for record opening partnership of 413 runs with Pankaj Roy in 1956 which stood for 52 years. He scored 2109 runs in 44 tests averaging 31.47 and scored 5 tons the highest being 231. He also took 162 wickets averaging 32.32 with the best being 8/52.

“More importantly, for people who know the history of the game Vinoo Mankad was the first person to get 1000 runs and 100 wickets. He had the highest partnership with Pankaj Roy (413) before it was broken as an opening pair. He was an opening batsman and had the highest Test score (231) until Gavaskar ended up breaking it (in 1983). There are so many great things to remember Vinoo Mankad as a cricketer. Why is he remembered only for this? He’s a legend in Indian cricket and should be remembered for all the right reasons.”

Vinoo Mankad was an opening batsman and was also a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and hit his career-best 231 against New Zealand in 1956 besides establishing world record partnership of 413 runs with Pankaj Roy.

Dinesh Karthik Recalls Australian Legend Sir Don Bradman Also Defended Vinoo Mankad In His Act

Interestingly, the legendary Don Bradman who is the only batsman to average more than 90 in Tests and was Australia’s captain in that Test in Sydney, had in fact defended Vinoo Mankad despite critics going against him. In fact, Don Bradman averages 99.94 in 52 Tests and his autobiography ‘Farewell to Cricket’ labelled ‘Mankading’ a legitimate part of cricket.

“Does anybody remember what a great cricketer Vinoo Mankad was? What all he achieved on the field. The only thing they remember him for is this, which I feel is wrong. Back then itself, Don Bradman himself came out and said what Mankad did and within the laws of the game.

“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?” Bradman wrote in his book Farewell to Cricket.

“Mankad was an ideal type, and he was so scrupulously fair that he first of all warned Brown before taking any action. There was absolutely no feeling in the matter as far as we were concerned, for we considered it quite a legitimate part of the game.”

Don Bradman
Don Bradman. Photo Credit: Twitter

Dinesh Karthik said batsmen must stay within the crease if this dismissal was effected often, but explained that bowlers fear to do it due to criticism which surrounds it.

“If this is done just like a run out consistently, then obviously the batsmen will be even more careful and stop doing it. But because it is not encouraged and looked at in a negative way, and people are doubted morally, the bowlers, the captains and the teams are scared of doing it more for the repercussions that anything else,” he said.

“But if it is legal means to get a player out and ICC is completely in sync with it and MCC have said for the longest time that it is right to do it, then why is it that it’s not accepted as a mode of dismissal? In what way is it different to a run out?

“A lot of time a batsman hits the ball, it hits the bowler’s hand by mistake and hits the stump. Then does the captain say no, it’s okay it happened by mistake? Where does that stand?”

Dinesh Karthik also suggested an alternative must be executed to stop batsmen from crossing the crease in case the bowlers face repercussions from coaches, senior cricketers and social media.

“Now there is technology for checking no balls. So using the camera, check if the non-striker leaves the crease early. Every time a batsman backs up early, all runs should be disallowed. Only a wicket should stand.”

Dinesh Karthik who was appointed skipper of KKR in IPL in 2018 has been in and out of the Indian team featuring in only 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is since his debut in 2004.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat
Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.
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Ricky Ponting Wants To Talk To Ravichandran Ashwin Ahead Of IPL 2020 As Mankading Is Not Within Spirit Of Cricket

Ricky Ponting, coach of IPL franchise — Delhi Capitals believes Mankading is not within the spirit of the game — and said he will have a conversation with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who will play for the Delhi-based franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). R Ashwin was the captain of the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) when he mankaded Jos Buttler. There on, he was highly criticized for his action.

Ravichandran Ashwin made headlines in IPL 2019 when he Mankaded by running Jos Buttler out at the non-striker’s end after the Rajasthan Royals batsman was found outside his crease even before Ashwin delivered the ball.

The former Kings XI Punjab’s Mankad act divided the sporting fraternity into two halves- some criticised Ashwin for his action terming it as illegal while quite a few backed the off-spinner, saying Mankading is within the rules and spirit of the game.

Ashwin and Buttler Mankad
R Ashwin and Jos Buttler Mankad

Ricky Ponting Will Not Let R Ashwin To Do Mankading For Delhi Capitals

Jos Buttler was also out similarly against Sri Lanka in 2014 when Sachithra Senanayake did the same. Mankading has happened only four times in Tests, five times in ODIs and only time in T20I and is named after Vinod Mankad.

R Ashwin played for Chennai Super Kings from 2008 to 2015, before short stints with Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016/17 and Kings XI Punjab in 2018/19 before being picked up by Delhi Capitals for 2020 IPL.

Ashwin defended his act of Mankading and said it’s within the rules of the game and he didn’t ‘know from where the understanding of the Spirit of the Game comes from’. Also, when asked by a fan if he would Mankad batsmen in IPL 2020, R Ashwin replied in the affirmative.

The six-foot-tall spinner all-rounder played 70 Tests,111 ODIs and 46 T20Is for India and has picked up 362,150 and 52 wickets respectively at decent averages.

Ricky Ponting For Delhi in IPL
Ricky Ponting For Delhi Capitals in IPL

Stressing that he believes R Ashwin will take his suggestion with open heart, Ricky Ponting said none of the Delhi Capitals bowlers will attempt Mankading during IPL 2020, which will be played from September 19 to November 10 in the Emirates. The tournament was slated for March 29 but was deferred to September 19 in UAE.

“I’ll be having a chat with him about [mankad], that’s the first thing I’ll do,” Ricky Ponting said while speaking on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.

“Obviously, he wasn’t in our squad last year, he’s one of our players that we tried to bring in this year. Look, he’s a terrific bowler, and he’s done a great job in the IPL for a long period of time now.

“But I must admit watching that last season, as soon as it happened and he did that, I actually sat our boys down and said ‘Look, I know he’s done it, there’ll be others around the tournament who’ll think about doing this well but that’s not going to be the way that we play our cricket. We won’t be doing that’.”

“So, that’s going to be a conversation and that’s going to be a hard conversation I will have to have with him, but I’m pretty sure he’ll take it on the chin.

“I think, even him, looking back now, probably he’d say it was within the rules and he’s right to do it, but this is not within the spirit of the game, not in the way I want, at least with the Delhi Capitals anywaym,” he maintained.

Delhi Capitals have some big names like Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra of India and Kagiso Rabada, Jason Roy and Shimron Hetmyer as international stars in IPL 2020.

Ricky Ponting Mentions Penalizing Non-striker Better Option

Ricky Ponting also said there are better ways to stop batsmen from gaining an unfair advantage at the non-striker’s end than ‘having the ugly incident of a Mankad’.

“I think there’s ways that you can actually stop batsmen cheating like that,” he said.

“If the bowler was to stop, and the batsman was a foot out of his crease for instance, why don’t you just penalise him some runs or something? Then they won’t do it again.

Vinoo Mankad
Vinoo Mankad

“You’ve only got to do that once at the start of a tournament, and then all the players see it, and you can guarantee the players won’t be fudging any ground from then on.

“I chatted to some of the match referees about it during last year’s IPL as well. If the umpires make a stance and do something to warn the batsman that they might be cheating, then that’s better than having the ugly incident of a mankad,” he said.

Vinoo Mankad, who was known for his world record opening partnership of 413 runs with Pankaj Roy in 1956 was also infamously associated with Mankading which happened for the first time when he caused a major controversy in 1947/48 on India’s tour of Australia when he ran out Bill Brown in the second test.

Mankad while bowling broke the wicket at the non-striker’s end when Brown was out of crease backing striker.

Such an act although not a violation of the laws of cricket, some considers it unsporting and against the spirit of cricket.

However, Mankad warned Brown before dismissing him and likewise, Courtney Walsh also received praise for warning rather than dismissing Saleem Jaffer who was the non-striker during 1987 World Cup.

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5 Cricket Terms Which Have Been Named After People

While international cricket is almost 150-year-old, the game has many terms, most of which have been named according to their characters. There are some cricket terms, which have been named in the relation of people’s names, who generally played vital roles to promote it successfully.

Here we are talking about the top five cricket terms which have been named after people

Natmeg

Natmeg, cricket term, Cricket Terms Which Have Been Named After People
Natalie Sciver’s Natmeg (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“Natmeg” is a cricket shot where the batsman can hit a delivery, generally yorker, between his leg. England Women’s cricketer Natalie Sciver has introduced this shot in international cricket. The “Natmeg” name has come from Sciver’s first name and the football term nutmeg.

Natmeg has been proved as a useful shot. However, Sciver has also admitted that it requires some luck to hit properly.

After making her international debut in 2013, Natalie Sciver has already played five Tests, 67 ODIs and 75 T20Is. While she has scored 3500+ international runs, she has also taken 104 international wickets. She was also England’s first cricketer to claim a hat-trick in the Women’s T20I cricket.

Sunil Gavaskar, Delhi Capitals, IPL 2019
Gavaskar lauds Capitals' show. (Photo by Chirag Wakaskar-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)
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Sunil Gavaskar Criticises the Coined Term ‘Mankading’, Says Don’t Tarnish Vinoo Mankad’s name

Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday (April 6) has slammed the term ‘Mankading’. The legendary cricketer remarked that it is spoiling the name of veteran Vinoo Mankad. The Test specialist Mankad has represented India between 1946 and 1959. He featured in 44 Tests to amass 2,109 runs at an average of 31.5. The right-handed batsman had extraordinary skills to boast about.

Gavaskar in his column for Times of India wrote it adds disrespect to the game of greats. The incident came to the light again when Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin saw Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) batsman Jos Buttler ambling forward before whipping off the bails.

Also, the heated exchange between Buttler and Ashwin has dampened the early kick-off of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) season 12.

Sunil Gavaskar wants Indian media to term it Browned rather than Mankaded:

Sunil Gavaskar, Vinoo Mankad, Mankading, India, Ravichandran Ashwin, IPL 2019, Jos Buttler, RR vs KXIP
Mankad while playing for India. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In a layman’s term, Mankading comes into play when batsman aims for a head start at the non-striker’s end and the bowler before his delivery stride attempt for a run-out.

While terming the then journalist ‘lazy’ who coined the term ‘Mankaded’ Gavaskar feels it’s a pretty sad sight for the Indian cricket. The first-ever incident happened during a 1947 Test match when Mankading took place.

Well, following a couple of warnings to Bill Brown, Mankad ran him out at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

“Just because over 70 years back a lazy foreign journalist called a run-out of Bill Brown — the Australian non-striker — for backing up out of his crease by Vinoo Mankad as being ‘Mankaded’, the term has stuck,” Gavaskar wrote for the ToI.

The former opener added it’s disheartening to go through Indian publications recently. He expressed sadness to witness run-out by a bowler is labelled as ‘Mankading’.

“It really has been depressing and disappointing reading the Indian media over the last few days. The lack of respect shown to an Indian legend. And referring the run-out by a bowler as ‘Mankad’ is indeed very sad,” Gavaskar stated.

Mankaded or Browned?

Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat
Jos Buttler and Ashwin at Jaipur. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

While questioning why the run-out affected by a bowler is termed as “Mankad”, Gavaskar has recalled some cheeky moments happened on the field in the past.

“Does a batsman who stays at the crease despite knowing he has nicked the ball ever referred to as doing a WG after a legendary batsman of yore? Is a fielder who claims a catch when the ball has bounced before settling in his palms ever called doing a Waugh after the former skipper ‘caught’ Brian Lara in the West Indies? Then why is a run-out of the non-striker backing out of his crease called Mankad?” Gavaskar mentioned.

He added if the name is pretty clear then what cheating acts should be referred to as?

In addition, the 69-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator Gavaskar has taken a sly dig at a certain quarter.

“If that is a sharp practice, what are the above-mentioned acts? Sporting? In the spirit of the game?” Gavaskar added.

However, Gavaskar wants media in Indian media to refer ‘Mankading’ as ‘Browned’. He has further cautioned media to avoid spoiling the image of prominent Indian cricketer.

“Hopefully, at least the Indian media will henceforth refer it as ‘Browned’ after the Australian who was the one at fault or simply refer to it as ‘run-out by the bowler’ instead of tarnishing a legend’s name,” Gavaskar concluded.

Meanwhile, the ongoing season 12 of the IPL is marred by umpiring howlers. Plus, the Mankading issue has become a hot debate, of late.