Ravichandran Ashwin´s controversial “Mankad” dismissal of England batsman Jos Buttler sparked outrage on Monday, with current and former cricket greats accusing the Kings XI Punjab captain of unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Spinner Ashwin took the bails off at the non-striker´s end while Buttler was backing up, with the controversial move overshadowing his side´s 14-run victory over Rajasthan Royals and the return to IPL cricket of Australia´s Steve Smith.
The term “Mankad” — used when a bowler runs out a non-striker before delivery — was coined 70 years ago when Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad twice ran out Bill Brown at the bowler´s end during India´s tour of Australia in 1947.
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It is considered to be against cricket´s spirit of fair play and Buttler, who scored 69 off 43 deliveries, walked dejectedly back to the pavilion after an argument with the India bowler.
The question here, though, was whether Buttler would have been inside his crease had Ashwin not stopped at the point of delivery?
The updated law 41.16 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.”
The wording “expected to release the ball” leaves room for subjectivity, which is where Ashwin’s assertion that he hadn’t even loaded becomes critical. If the bowler hadn’t even loaded, as Ashwin said, is it possible to estimate a time when he was “expected to release the ball”?
Ben Stokes reveals what he would have done in a similar scenario.
England star all-rounder Ben Stokes has had enough of controversies in his cricket career. The England all-rounder has clarified well in advance that he would “never ever ever…” mankad India captain Virat Kohli even if he gets an opportunity to do so in the 2019 World Cup.
Stokes took to Twitter and posted, “Hopefully I’m playing in the World Cup final and if @imVkohli is batting when I’m bowling I would never ever ever ever ever ever…..just clarifying to the mentions I’ve received 😊 #hallabol”
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) March 26, 2019
Ben Stokes’ statement comes after Shane Warne posed a question to his social media followers as to how the cricket fraternity would have reacted if Stokes mankaded Kohli at the World Cup.
Sorry – one more thing to add. If Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli it would be ok ? I’m just very disappointed in Ashwin as I thought he had integrity & class. Kings lost a lot of supporters tonight. Especially young boys and girls ! I do hope the BCCI does something
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Warne had ranted about the first-ever instance of mankading in Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday. The legendary leg-spinner blasted Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin for coming up with a “disgraceful and embarrassing” act of running out Buttler at the non-striker’s end without giving him a prior warning.
‘If Virat Kohli was mankaded, would you be supportive?’ asked Michael Vaughn!
Similarly, slamming experts who had backed Ashwin, former England captain Michael Vaughan asked if they would support a bowler who mankads superstar cricketer, Virat Kohli.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019