Ashwin immediately appealed for the wicket and the third umpire was called into play even as the Kings XI skipper and Buttler had a heated exchange mid - pitch. Eventually, Buttler was given out, prompting mixed reactions from former cricketers and experts on social media.
What exactly is Mankading? Here is your guide to the controversial cricket rule.
Mankading can come into play in situations where the batsman at the non - striker's end leaves the crease before the bowler completes his delivery stride (or before the ball leaves the bowler's hand). Batsmen, especially in limited - overs cricket, back up (or leave the crease at the non - striker's end) in order to have momentum when the striker calls for a run. The term ‘Mankading’ is derived from the name of legendary former Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad. In 1947, during a series in Australia, Mankad had dismissed opposition batsman Bill Brown twice by clipping the bails at the non - striker’s end before bowling the ball. While Mankad found himself at the end of significant criticism for it he received support from an unlikely source – batting great and then Australian captain Sir Don Bradman.
There have been quite a few incidents of Mankading in the game of cricket so far but the recent one drew quite a lot of flak and outrage on social media, calling it lack of sportsmanship etc.
In his autobiography, Bradman wrote: “For the life of me, I can’t understand why the press questioned his sportsmanship. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the non - striker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered. If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the non - striker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage. ”
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