There is a big difference between the game of today and the game of many decades ago. With the advent of technology, a lot of changes took place in every game. But cricket is one of the most famous games in the world whether it is played by a few countries in the world.
Since the time the Indian Premier League (IPL) came into existence, it has a habit of indulging up in controversies each season. Following the same trend, King XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin came up with a fresh storm when he ‘Mankaded Rajasthan Royals(RR) batsman Jobs Buttler. In the history of the IPL, it is for the first that a batsman dismissed in such a manner.
KXIP notched up a 14-run win and Buttler’s dismissal triggered a dramatic collapse for RR. However, Ashwin’s actions left the cricket fraternity fuming as the dismissal raised fresh debate over the spirit of the game.
While bowling the fifth ball of his over, Ashwin seemed to have stopped in his action and waited for Buttler to leave his crease. He, then, Mankaded the non-striker and appealed. Ashwin was bowling his final over, the 13th during Royals’ chase.
The first and second umpires on the ground asked the third umpire to look into the action replay and third umpire Bruce Oxenford upheld it. Buttler was furious at this shocking decision as no prior warning was given to him. Both the batsmen and the bowler quarreling with each other and when the umpire on the ground came and interfere between them then Buttler departed.
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.
ICC Rule 41.16 of playing conditions, permits the mode of dismissal in playing conditions. According to the rules, even a warning to the batsman is not necessary anymore. So the question is unresolved whether such a dismissal is in the right spirit of the game.