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Mankading against the spirit of the game, but within the rules.

Buttler became the first batsman to be the victim of 'Mankading' in the history of IPL when Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin dismissed him.

Last updated: 26.03.2019
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In the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, a controversy arose in the aftermath when R Ashwin mangled the Rajasthan batsman Jos Buttler. Buttler became the first batsman to be the victim of 'Mankading' in the history of the IPL when Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin dismissed him in the disputed manner during the match here

What is “Mankading”?


'Mankading' refers to a situation when a bowler runs out a batsman who has left their ground at the non-striker's end during the bowler's delivery stride. It does not record the ball but the wicket falls. This method of dismissal came for the first time on December 13, 1947, on Team India tour of Australia. In the second Test played in Sydney in this tour, Team India bowler Vinoo Mankad had dismissed any batsman for the first time in this manner. Australian batsman Bill Brown was the first victim of Mankad. From then on, this method of being called informally called 'Mankad out'.

What happened in Jaipur?

Ashwin was bowling to Sanju Samson in the 13th over of the match when suddenly he stopped and he saw that Buttler on the non-striker's end was out of the crease. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Ashwin scrapped the non-striking pier. Ashwin appealed Mankad and the third.

Umpire dismissed Buttler. It was clear in Replays that Buttler was out of the crease and that he was run out. Meanwhile, there was a debate between Butler and Ashwin. After being handed out Buttler became very angry and he went out of the pavilion shaking. Buttler scored 69 runs and hit his 7th half-century in the IPL.

Mankads run out relation to Vinoo Mankad

The most famous example of Mankading is the run out of Australian batsman Bill Brown by Vinoo Mankad. This incident took place on December 13, 1947. Mankad was bowling and when he saw Brown on the non-striker's end was out of the crease and he blew the bails. In this way, he dismissed Brown for the second time on that tour against Australia-XI.

Mankad had given the warning before Brown was out in that match. Australian media told Mankad's behavior against the game spirit. Although Australian captain Don Bradman supported Mankad's attitude. Since then, the incident of dismissal of the batsman like this is called informally called “Mankading”.

Let's take a look at such similar incidents at the senior level over the years.

1)   The second instance was in 1968-69 when Ian Redpath was “Mankaded” by West Indian fast bowler Charlie Griffith.

In the fourth Test at Adelaide between Australia and West Indies in 1969, Aussie batsman Ian Redpath was Mankaded by Charlie Griffith during a tense run chase. Australia was set a target of 360 and they ended up making 339 for the loss of nine wickets. Imagine the outrage had they lost the Test on the back of this runout.

2)  The third instance of ‘Mankading’ once again occurred in Australia but for the first time in a One-Day International (ODI). England batsman Brian Lackhurst was ‘Mankaded’ by Greg Chappell.

This was the first time it happened in One-Day International (ODI) Cricket. Greg Chappell ran out debutant Brian Luckhurst on New Year's Day in 1975. The Australian later claimed that he warned the batsman twice before Mankading him. England still went on to win the game by three wickets.

When Kapil Dev 'Mankaded' Peter Kirsten

Kapil Dev’s infamous ‘Mankading’ of South African batsman Peter Kirsten on December 9, 1992, in what was called as ‘Friendship’ series between two teams.

After 23 long years, South Africa forayed back into the international arena and played a series with India. In the 2nd ODI at Port Elizabeth, Kapil Dev took off the bails when he noticed Peter Kirsten was a few steps ahead of the crease. It created a lot of animosity between the two sides but later, Peter did admit that he was warned by Kapil in the previous match as well.

Recent instance of Mankading

The most recent incident happened in 2014 when England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler was Mankaded by Sachithra Senanayake in Birmingham in the final ODI to clinch the series. The crowd kept booing the Sri Lankan players throughout the game. Buttler was given a warning previously but didn't take heed.

What does the law say?

Rule 42.14 was initially stated, "The bowler, when he has not bowled the ball and has not completed the swing for his general delivery, allows to run out at the non-striker end." The new rule came in 2017, after which the bowler gets permission to run out at the non-striker end, on the spot that he has fully estimated to throw the ball. If the bowler fails in his own attempt then the umpire should declare it as a dead ball.

There have also been instances of players refusing to Mankad or teams withdrawing appeals.

In 1987, Courtney Walsh decided not to Mankad Pakistani batsman Saleem Jaffar in a World Cup match. West Indies lost that match and it proved to be costly as they were eliminated from the tournament.

In 2012, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had Mankaded Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne after giving him a warning. But the stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag decided to withdraw the appeal.

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