Indian and Kings XI Punjab star off-spinner has been labelled as a disgrace by many after his controversial run out of Rajasthan Royals batsman created a furore in the Indian Premier League match on Monday.
KXIP captain Ashwin took the bails off at the non-striker’s end while Buttler was backing up and since then his dismissal has sparked fierce debate among the cricket community.
However, the reaction of the runout is divided among the cricketing greats, pundits, and fans but surely this style of dismissal is against the spirit of the game. Former Australian spinner Shane Warne labelled this as disgraceful and embarrassing. He was also right in saying that – “As captain of your side you set the standard of the way the team wants to play and what the team stands for! Why do such a disgraceful and low act like that tonight? You must live with yourself and FYI – it’s too late to say sorry Mr. Ashwin. You will be remembered for that low act.”
Surely if you are a captain of the team, you have lead from the front – but this unclassy act of Ashwin is absolutely not the right example for any young cricketers all around the world. Even if the dismissal is a legal one according to the cricketing books – but Ashwin or any bowler, in that case, should have surely at least gave batsman the warning before Mankading him.
IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla also claimed that IPL captains, including Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, had decided against ‘Mankading’ during a meeting held before one of the editions of the event. Ashwin’s run out of Buttler is the first case of ‘Mankading’ in the history of the Indian Premier League.
What is Mankading?
Mankading is a term named after a legendary Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad. In 1947, during a series in Australia, Mankad had dismissed opposition batsman Bill Brown twice by clipping the bails at the non-striker’s end before bowling the ball.
Mankading refers to a situation when a bowler runs out a batsman who leaves the popping-crease before the ball is being bowled. Although, this is a legal way of dismissal it is considered against the spirit of the game.<
According to the Laws of Cricket 41.16 – If the non-striker is out of his 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 out. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one in the over. If the bowler fails in trying to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal ‘dead ball’ as soon as possible.