Mankading is deemed as being against the 'spirit of cricket' despite being in the rule book
New Delhi: In the match between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday, David Warner was observed to be deliberately dragging his bat inside the safe zone during Ravichandran Ashwin’s over.
Warner was being extra cautious to avoid becoming a victim of ‘Mankading’ and the incident was soon uploaded on IPL’s official website iplt20.com. It was also played on the big screen during the match on Monday night.
During an earlier match against Rajasthan Royals, Ashwin had dismissed Jos Butler by ‘Mankanding’ him without any prior warning.
While this incident created uproar, several people including Harsha Bhogle came to Ashwin’s defence. Shane Warne, on the other hand, had called the act disgraceful and said it wasn’t something he expected from Ashwin.
Punjab won the game by 14 runs against Rajasthan Royals and people took to twitter to say that the ‘gentleman’s game’ was being disrespected.
Law 41.16.1 of MCC’s rule book states, “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be run out.”
Although this law is in the rule book, it is generally deemed as being against the ‘spirit of cricket’.
Last Updated 9, Apr 2019, 6:16 PM IST