Anyone who follows the Indian cricket scene regularly, is well aware of Ravichandran Ashwin and his controversial ‘Mankad’ incidents. First attempted in 2012 against an ODI match against Sri Lanka, the Team India star attempted the same in the 2019 Indian Premier League, in Kings XI Punjab’s match against Rajasthan Royals. The act earned him a lot of reprimand, but the all rounder recently stated that he will do the same again in the 2020 season.
The act of ‘Mankad’ is named after the legendary India bowler Vinoo Mankad. During India’s tour of Australia in December 1947, Mankad ran out Bill Brown just before the delivery, as Brown was just out of his crease at the non striking end.
Ashwin was held accountable from cricket fans as he attempted to ‘Mankad’ Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler. On 25 March 2019, the Kings XI Punjab captain attempted the method on the English cricketer. It was the first time in the history of the IPL that a batsman was ‘Mankaded’, and that earned Ashwin alot of disproval for breaking “the spirit of the game.”
Check out the controversial incident from the KXIP vs RR match, courtesy of YouTube channel Sports Rich Show.
According to the law of the game: “If the non-striker is outside the crease at the point the bowler would normally be expected to release the ball, then it is within the rules to run him out.”
However, the 33 year old seems pretty reluctant about it even today. In a Twitter micro blogging session named ‘#AskAsh’, Ashwin was asked about the possibility of performing the same questionable method in the next installment of IPL.
“Who are the potential batsmen you can Mankad this IPL? #askash,” @SaravanElango tweeted.
To which Ashwin replied: “Anyone that goes out of the crease.”
Here is the conversation-
Anyone that goes out of the crease. ✅
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) December 30, 2019
Ashwin attempted the method first against Sri Lanka in an One Day International match back in 2012. Just before bowling, Ashwin removed the bails of the non striking end’s wickets, just as an unsuspecting Lahiru Thirimanne had left the crease for a run.
Check out Ashwin’s first ‘Mankad’ atempt in the video below, courtesy of the official Twitter handle of cricket.com.au.
Following the uproar over Ravi Ashwin's IPL 'Mankad', here's a look back at an incident from a 2012 ODI against Sri Lanka at the Gabba pic.twitter.com/IRR528s0ha
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 27, 2019
The upcoming season of Indian Premier League will start on 29th March 2020.