Mankading In Cricket: All You Need To Know About This Controversial Dismissal Method

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Mankading in cricket
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Ashwin sparked off a big controversy on Monday (March 25) when he mankaded Jos Buttler, the first to be dismissed in such a manner in the history of the Indian Premier League.

What happened?

 

Butler was run out at the non-striker’s end by Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin who claimed the Royals opener had left his crease before he could even load up into delivering the sixth ball of the 13th over of Royals’ 185-run chase in Jaipur.

Ashwin immediately appealed for the wicket and the third umpire was called into play even as the Kings XI skipper and Buttler had a heated exchange mid-pitch. Eventually, Buttler was given out,

The batsman was going strong at 69 off 43 balls.

The dismissal was sure to raise fresh debate over the spirit of the game as the off-spinner didn’t give the Englishman a prior warning. But Ashwin said he was completely within his rights to execute such a dismissal, which completely turned the match in Kings XI’s favour.

What is Mankading – a Run Out Rule in Cricket

 

As a bowler enters his delivery stride, the non-striking batsman usually ‘backs up’. This means he leaves his crease and walks towards the other end of the wicket so that it will take him less time to reach the other end if he and his batting partner choose to attempt a run. Sometimes a batsman, whilst backing up, leaves the popping crease before the bowler has actually delivered the ball. Where this has happened, the bowler may attempt to run the non-striking batsman out in accordance with the Laws of the game. This is what is called Mankading.

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The Story behind

It was way back in 1947 when India toured Australia. Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad ran out Australian Bill Brown in the act of delivering the ball as Mankad held on to it and removed the bails with Brown well out of his crease.

This was the second time Mankad had dismissed Brown in this fashion on the tour, having already done it in an earlier match against an Australian XI. On that occasion, he had warned Brown once before running him out.

The then Austrian captain, Sir Donald Bradman was quoted 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.”

What does the rule say?

According to the various professional playing conditions, 42.11, “The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker.” The umpires shall deem the bowler to have completed his delivery swing once his bowling arm passes the normal point of ball release.

While the 41.16 law says, “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one in the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.”

Law modification in 2017

Under the previous rule, bowlers could attempt a run out only before entering their delivery stride. After the rule change, bowlers are allowed to run-out the batsman at the non-striker’s end up to the instant at which they “would be expected to deliver the ball”.

“… the Law emphasises the importance of the non-striker remaining in his/her ground until the ball is released, which is felt to be important. With TV now potentially ruling that a batsman has made his/her ground by millimetres, it seems wrong to allow them a head-start of sometimes several feet in setting off”, the Law 41.16 reads.

Mankading incidents in the past

Peter Kirsten in the 1992 India vs South Africa “Friendship Series”, had made a habit of backing up before the delivery. He was warned twice in the first game but did not drop the habit. So,  Kapil  Dev ‘Mankaded’ him.

In July 2014, The World Cricket Council, an independent consultative body of former international captains and umpires, unanimously expressed support of Srilanka’s actions and a lack of sympathy with the batsman. They were commenting in the light of an incident where Jos Buttler, of England, was run out by Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka.

 

In 2012, R Ashwin had ‘Mankaded’ Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne after warning him. But the then captain Sehwag decided against it.

The rule again came into the controversial light when In March 2019; Buttler has been dismissed in the same way by Ravichandran Ashwin in the 2019 Indian Premier League.

What Ashwin has to say

“No real argument on that and it was pretty instinctive. I didn’t even load and he just left the crease. We ended on the right side of the coin, but I definitely think that those are game-changing moments and batsmen need to be wary of it,” Ashwin said.

Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan Royals coach Paddy Upton said the team will leave it to the fans to judge Ashwin.

“Ashwin’s actions represent him. When I looked into the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates. I think we will leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of thing they want to see. We’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. For us, we are here to play cricket and entertain fans, be good role models for people who love the game,” Upton said.

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