Ravi Ashwin and his Mankad Tactics

Ravi Ashwin and his Mankad Tactics

Ravi Ashwin and his Mankad Tactics
April 17
10:00 2019

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen said that India’s senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will not get much support for the controversial outing in the IPL match.

Pieterson told the Star Sports Select Dagbout show, “Whatever happened, I do not think much of it will be looked upon favourably.”  Ashwin will always be responsible because it is such a big topic and will be discussed for a long time. However, according to the ICC rules 41.16, the player can be dismissed in such a manner and accordingly, there is no need to warn the batsman as it has done in earlier cases like this.

Twitter Users say that Ashwin has Embarrassed their Country

Captain Ravichandran Ashwin of Kings XI Punjab ran out Jose Butler in a controversial manner. In the match played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Punjab won by 14 runs, even though the best cricket betting sites in Australia had Rajasthan Royals as favourites. The match was extremely exciting, but Ashwin has given room for controversy.

This is the first time in the IPL when a player has been run out by Mankad style.

On the other hand, India’s great spinner Irapalli Prasanna defended Ravichandran Ashwin, saying that Jos Buttler’s out-of-form match in the IPL was under the rules of the game. The 78-year-old experienced cricketer from Bangalore said, “In my opinion, he is still India’s best spinner. Whatever he did, he was within the rules. Jose Butler is a star player, but he can’t start running before the ball is thrown, this is unfair.” World’s best batsman, Virat Kohli, has refused to comment.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after taking the wicket of England’s Ben Stokes for 30 runs during play on the third day of the fourth Test cricket match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, south-west England on September 1, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP / Getty Images )

The Law-Making Body of Cricket said that Ashwin’s Dismissal of Butler Was Not Contrary to the Game Spirit

The MCC has issued a statement on its website regarding this situation. It states that “In relation to the said incident, it is necessary to understand it in detail in order to test the words of the rules. The Mankad rule is essential.” Although, this Mankad incident has separated the cricket world.

There is nothing in the rule that mentions the bowler should give warning to the non-striker who left the crease before throwing the ball. Running out the non-striker is not against the spirit of cricket. Former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait and former Indian captain Kapil Dev have both justified Ashwin’s method of run out.

The Rajasthan Royals were chasing a target of 185 runs in the match. England’s youngster Jos Buttler was playing with 69 runs from 43 balls at the time when Ashwin dismissed him from the marking without warning, on the 13th over. If the batsman standing on the other end of the pitch, comes out of his crease, before the ball leaves the hand of the bowler, then he can be run out via Mankad. According to the rules of the game, batsmen can be run out in this style, but such wickets are considered to be against the spirit of cricket. Thus, leading to split opinions and a sharp debate between Butler and Ashwin.

Such Runout in the Name of Venu Mankad is called ‘Mankading’

As already mentioned, this kind of runout is called ‘Mankading’ after the name of former Indian captain Venu Mankad. The Indian team was on a tour of Australia in 1947. Mankad was a famous bowler, and during this time Australian batsman Bill Brown crossed the crease. Mankad had him run out. Mankad also had to face criticism. However, Don Bradman, who was then captain of Australia, had defended him. He said that he was unable to understand why this was happening. The rules of cricket are clear. Until the ball is thrown, the non-striking batsman standing must stay in his crease.


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