Cricket’s most controversial method of dismissal has once again reared its head, with suggestions former West Indian captain Dwayne Bravo should have been sent packing by a Mankad in an IPL match this morning.
Bravo was batting for Chennai Super Kings in their match against Rajasthan Royals, when replays showed him well out of his ground as the bowler released the ball.
The incident happened in the final over of Chennai’s innings, bowled by Mustafizur Rahman.
Mustafizur was ruled to have overstepped on the second ball of the over, with replays showing his front foot millimetres over the line. At the same time, Bravo was well and truly out of his ground.
Leading commentator Harsha Bhogle was quick to point out that the batsman was gaining an unfair advantage.
“Look where Bravo is, you cannot be there,” he said.
“He has stolen more than a yard there, Dwayne Bravo.
“That is why I believe you’re entirely within your rights, it should almost be mandatory in team meetings to say, ‘Run him out.'”
The Mankad has long been a source of controversy, with many believing bowlers should give the batsman a warning before removing the bails.
However, that’s not a point of view shared by Bhogle.
“All this talk about not being in the spirit of the game is so much nonsense,” he said.
“He has taken a yard.
“I’ve never understood how it is in the spirit of the game to run less, and claim the run. I think that is against the spirit of the game.”
Former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull questioned why Mustafizur was no-balled for being slightly over the line, when the batsman was allowed to get away with a much larger indiscretion.
“That picture we just showed, where Bravo was so far out of his crease and the no-ball was shown, is a great example of why he should be run out,” Doull said.
“The bowler is minimally over, yet he gets punished.”
Bravo finished unbeaten with 20 from just eight balls, including a six from the final ball of the innings, as Chennai won by 45 runs.
Law 41.16.1 covers the non-striker leaving his ground early, in a section of the Laws headed ‘Unfair play’.
“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,” the Law reads.
The IPL is no stranger to Mankad controversies, with a 2019 incident dividing opinion amongst the cricket world.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin ran out Jos Buttler during a match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, with Buttler taking exception to the dismissal, complaining the wording of the law wasn’t totally clear.
In that instance Ashwin never raised his arm to deliver the ball, instead waiting to see if Buttler left his crease.
“Of course a Mankading has to be in the Laws of the game because a batsman can’t just run halfway down the pitch trying to get a headstart,” Buttler told ESPNcricinfo in 2019.
“But I do think, the way the law is written, there is a bit of a grey area in that saying ‘when a bowler is expected to release the ball’. That is a bit of a wishy-washy statement.”
Ashwin’s actions drew strong condemnation from Australia’s greatest spinner, Shane Warne.
“So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a captain & as a person,” Warne tweeted at the time.
“All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game.
“RA had no intention of delivering the ball – so it should have been called a dead ball.
“As captain of your side – you set the standard of the way the team wants to play & what the team stands for!
“You must live with yourself & FYI – it’s too late to say sorry Mr Ashwin.
“You will be remembered for that low act.”
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