Krunal Pandya. (Source: Twitter)

Mankading is unquestionably the most controversial dismissal in the history of the game that has always made headlines. Players are not only recognised based on their performance but also on the spirit of the game. There are few players for whom Mankading is against the spirit of the game. Let’s take a glance at some of the incidents where cricketers valued the game and refused to mankad. 

COURTNEY WALSH (WEST INDIES)

Courtney Andrew Walsh was a former West Indies captain and a legend of the game. The fast bowler became the first to take 500 Test wickets and left his imprint on both the international formats. When an instance where cricketers have refused to Mankad is remembered, Walsh’s name would be the first one to pop up. The old school believed that such an act was against the spirit of the game. At the 1987 World Cup match, West Indies VS Pakistan had become an iconic moment in the history of cricket because of the last over the incident. Walsh refused to run-out Pakistan’s last batsman Saleem Jaffer when only two runs were needed to get a place in the semi-finals. Pakistan won the match with just one wicket in hand. Talking about taking that call in the match, people still recognize and appreciate the gesture of Walsh. It’s been 30 years since the incident, and the player is still remembered for his deed.

MOHAMMED RAFIQUE (BANGLADESH)

Mohammed Rafique is a former player of Bangladesh who has played all the formats of the game. He was a consistent player of his national team and the first Bangladeshi player to have scored 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in Test cricket. He is also known for an incident that occurred in a test match in Multan in the year 2003. It was a match between Bangladesh and Pakistan and those were the days when the Tigers hardly won a match.  That was the match that could have turned in favour of the Bangladeshi team, but the left-arm spinner, Rafique refused to run-out Umar Gul. Rafique found himself with a mankading opportunity but instead chose to warn Umar Gul which cost his side to lose that game. Umar Gul could have been run-out with Pakistan on 213-8. It was the first time that team Bangladesh pushed a higher-ranked test team to the edge but ended on a blue note.

VIRENDER SEHWAG (INDIA)

In 2012, during a one day international against India and Sri Lanka, Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded the Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne. It was a group match in the Commonwealth Bank Series 2012 held in Australia. Ashwin appealed to the umpires and, the two on-field umpires, Paul Reiffel and Billy Bowden. They discussed the matter among themselves and approached Sehwag, the captain of the Indian side. Ashwin had warned Lahiru before the run-out. Even then, Lahiru was seen going out of his crease even before the ball was released. Sehwag withdrew the appeal and walked away to continue the game. The action taken by Sehwag in that match won praises in the cricketing world. The Sri Lankan team won the match by 51 runs and with 4 wickets left in hand.

CHRIS GAYLE (WEST INDIES)

Chris Gayle, the Jamaican cricketer, is of the most hostile batsman of his era. He christened himself as the Universal boss and even challenged people to find a better on-field entertainer than him. One such entertaining moment was during the 2012 T20 World Cup match between West Indies and England. Gayle gave a warning to Morgan, who was miles away from the crease before Chris delivered the ball. It was the funniest warning ever, and it was something that Chris Gayle could pull off. Even Morgan, along with the two umpires, burst into laughter. Gayle himself couldn’t resist laughing. Gayle did not mankad Morgan but just gestured funnily of having Eoin Morgan mankaded. West Indies won that match with 15 runs.

KRUNAL PANDYA (MUMBAI INDIANS)

The Indian Premier League has always been an exciting time of the year, with fantastic performances by the players. In 12 years, the tournament has seen some exceptional incidents. One such incident is the 9th match of the 12th edition of IPL between KXIP and Mumbai Indians. Punjab won the toss and chose to field first. Mumbai Indians batting first posted 176-6 in 20 overs. Punjab had to chase 177, and they started quite well, adding 53 runs for the first wicket. During the 10th over of the innings, Mayank Agrawal was out of the crease before releasing the ball. Krunal had the chance to run-out Mayank, but he decided not to break the stumps and gave a warning. As per the IPL playing conditions and Law 41.16, Krunal had the right to run Agarwal out, but Krunal did not opt to do that. This action from the 28-year-old received plaudits from across the cricketing fraternity. Punjab won the game at the loss of just two wickets.

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