R Ashwin. (Source: BCCI)

Mankading, the controversial cricket rule, has always been a never-ending debate in the history of the game. This method of dismissing the batsman on the non-striker end before releasing the delivery has again and again created disputes among the players. Mankading is not illegal according to the laws of cricket, but it is against the spirit of the game as stated by many cricketers. This dismissal has always raised fresh debates over the years Let’s take a quick look at some of the Mankading episodes.

JOS BUTTLER BY R ASHWIN (KXIP VS RR, 2019)
    

Mankading has always been a controversial mode of dismissal, and one such incident was during the 12th edition of IPL, where Rajasthan Royals was playing against Kings XI Punjab. It is known to be the first Mankad incident in the history of the Indian Premier League. Ravichandran Ashwin, the Kings XI Punjab captain, created an argumentative moment when he dismissed Jos Buttler in the sixth ball of the 13th over. Ashwin appealed for the wicket and Butler was given out by the third umpire. Buttler had scored 68 runs from 42 balls with two sixes and ten fours. This incident was considered disgraceful and against the spirit of the game by many players. It was a game-changing match when Buttler left the crease, and KXIP went on to win the game by 14 runs, fetching their first points of the season.

MOHAMMAD HURAIRA BY NOOR AHMAD (PAKISTAN VS AFGHANISTAN, 2020)
   

Afghanistan’s Noor Ahmad mankads Pakistan’s Huraira in the 13th edition of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The limited over cricket tournament held in South Africa,2020, witnessed the latest incident of mankading. Both the teams were battling it out for the quarterfinals when controversy unleashed by Noor Ahmad, who mankaded the set batsman Muhammad Huraira. It happened in the 28th over of the innings when Pakistan has already lost two wickets. Noor appealed for the run-out, and the umpires had to discuss the incident upstairs. The replay fixed the doubt that Huraira was out of the crease before the bowler delivered the ball. The dismissal was justifiable, and the batsman was given run-out. The mankaded matter didn’t affect Pakistan in any way as they won the match by six wickets in hand. They proceeded to the next round of the tournament.

JOS BUTTLER BY SACHITHRA SENANAYAKE (ENGLAND VS SRI LANKA, 2014)

In the fifth ODI match at the Birmingham ground, 2014, Buttler was dismissed when he was run out by Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake at the non-striker’s end. Sachithra had warned Buttler twice before removing the bails and appealing. The umpires asked the Sri Lankan captain, Angelo Mathews if he wanted to withdraw the appeal. The captain denied, and the Umpire had no option but to give a clear out. England ended up making 219 in the deciding ODI of the series. This incident created controversy among the two teams, and the England skipper Alastair Cook later stated that ‘a line had been crossed’ by Senanayake and Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena.

PETER KIRSTEN BY KAPIL DEV (SOUTH AFRICA VS INDIA, 1992)

In December 1992, the Friendship series was India’s first-ever tour to South Africa, and it was the first time that television replay was introduced into the game. The first time the third umpire was brought into the picture. This series marked the re-entry of the Proteas after 23 years into the cricketing world post the Apartheid era. The friendship series took an unfriendly turn when Kapil Dev Mankaded the Proteas player, Peter Kirsten. Kapil noticed a few times that Kristen was backing up so far, and without any warning, he knocked off the bails. Kapil sent Kristen back to the pavilion and showed three fingers to the umpire, telling him that it was the third time that Kirsten had repeated the act. Cyrus Mitchley had no choice but to give it out. The South Africans believed that Kapil had crossed the ethical line and
considered it very unsportsmanlike. South Africa won the 3rd Test match by 9 wickets.

MARK CHAPMAN BY AAMIR KALEEM (HONG KONG VS OMAN, 2016)

In the Asia Cup qualifier match, 2016 between Oman and Hong Kong, Oman spinner Aamir Kaleem made his way forward to bowl a delivery, but he stopped and ran Mark Chapman out. Oman gave a target of 180 runs in 120 balls to Hong Kong. Chapman was the leading run-scorer for Hong Kong in the series and was dismissed for eight runs. At that point, Hong Kong scored seventy-seven runs with three wickets down. Despite Babar Hayat scoring 122 off 60 balls, they fell short of five runs and lost the match. Oman had won the game by five runs. Kaleem later upheld his actions as many players stated that this action was against the spirit of the game.

RICHARD NGARAVA BY KEEMO PAUL (ZIMBABWE VS WEST INDIES, 2016)

The Caribbean pacer, Keemo Paul, came into limelight when he mankaded the Zimbabwean player, Richard Ngarava, in the under-19 ICC world cup. West Indies batted first and gave a target of 226 runs to Zimbabwe. This incident happened in the last over of the match when Zimbabwe just needed three runs to win the game. Zimbabwe just had one wicket in hand when the pacer, Keemo Paul, ran past the wicket and quickly removed the bails and appealed for the run-out. The run-out of Richard marked the end of Zimbabwe in the tournament, and West Indies got a spot in the quarter-finals. Shimron Hetmyer, West Indies captain, was all good with the decision and didn’t withdraw the appeal. He stated that cricket is a game of
uncertainties, and such incidents have happened before also.

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