On special occasion of Ravichandran Ashwin bday. We will discuss his mankad incident.
The spirit of cricket is alive or not. Mankading is ethically considered wrong but then why is it written in the rule book that the one on the non-striker end must not leave his ground before the bowler releases the ball and if he fails to do so and the bowler runs him out it will be considered as out and the batsman has to go back to the pavillion.
Ravi Ashwin started the trend of mankading in IPL in 2019 IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals when Ravi Ashwin mankaded Jos Butler in the match
To Mankad is for a bowler to run a batsman out before he bowled his delivery, with the batsman looking to steal an inch or two as he backs up. It is a highly contentious mode of dismissal, but nonetheless a legal one but ethically considred wrong.
This is what Mark Butcher has to say upon the mankad incident
The world of cricket was shocked after this incident. Its against the spirit of cricket .Well is it ? If the bowler oversteps the crease even by an inch it is considered as no ball and the bowler has to bowl that ball again despite any runs being scored of it counted and the batsman is given a free hit also a batsman can not not be dismissed in that delivery.
Never mind that this has happened to Jos Buttler before and he hasn’t learned his lesson. Never mind that batsmen persistently risk backing up too far. Never mind that T20 is a game of fine margins and teams will look for any marginal gains. It’s exactly like sleeping with your mate’s wife.
Cricket’s moral compass, perhaps, isn’t as well aligned as it would like to believe.
Which leads us to Bengaluru where Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs. Remember, fine margins…
The last ball of RCB’s chase required seven runs hitting off it, which is impossible, or six runs for the draw. Shivam Dube could only bunt Lasith Malinga’s Yorker to long on and trot through for a futile single. The game was lost. Mumbai celebrated. Then the controversy began.
The big screen replayed the final delivery and there it was – Malinga had overstepped. It should have been a no-ball. S Ravi, the standing umpire, had missed it.
“We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket,” fumed Virat Kohli, the RCB captain. “That’s just a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch.”
Virat was in no mood to simply accept the umpire’s call in gentlemanly fashion. Nor was his opposite number, Rohit Sharma.
“I seriously don’t know what is the solution. ICC, BCCI… whoever makes these decisions have to take a call on that,” said Sharma, whose Mumbai side had suffered a dubious wide call in the penultimate over. “I say it because eventually it’s not good for the game. Whatever is not good for the game, I’m not going to stand for it. It’s pretty simple, those decisions can cost you games. We prepare too much to win this tournament, to win games, and those kind of mistakes are not acceptable.”
Indeed, so confused has it become that the return of the Sand Paper Trio has passed unnoticed. Dave Warner pounded a few runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve Smith was part of the Rajasthan side which was so stung by Ashwin. I’m sure Smith was grateful for the deflection – for the first time in a year it wasn’t his sportsmanship being called into question. At the same time, Cameron Bancroft was being appointed captain of Durham.
The spirit of cricket is dead! Long live the spirit of cricket!