• October 13, 2022

An exposure to Mankading in Cricket

An exposure to Mankading in Cricket

Mankading in Cricket

Are you a cricket lover? If yes, then you must be well-versed in the rules and regulations of cricket. If you have been following cricket religiously, the history of cricket to date must be on your tips.

Cricket being a worshipped sport in India, manages to bag all the spotlight and headlines on the screens. Undeniably if there’s a clash of timings between a cricket match and a serial, cricket lovers which are nearly 90% of the population will switch to the cricket match.

If not, a cricket match then crickets news, people want to keep themselves updated when it comes to cricket.

Have you recently or maybe earlier come across the word ‘Mankading’? Do you know who Vinoo Mankad is? Sounds familiar or are you clueless? Relax, don’t let FOMO take over you. Read ahead to know all about Mankading in cricket.

What is the mankading rule in cricket?

Do you know what a run-out is? The term Run-Out is informally known as Mankading in cricket. This law of cricket 41.16 states that a bowler can run out the non-striking player while the bowler is in their delivery stride and the non-striking player leaves the crease.

The mankading rule in cricket has been an unstated rule for years keeping in mind the essence of the game.

To keep the spirit of the game, the bowlers should warn the non-striking batsman not to leave the crease if he/she is doing so before taking their final step of running out the batsman.

The delivery won’t be taken into count in that over if the bowler has attempted to run out the non-striking batsman.

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These kinds of evictions are usually debatable and disputed especially when there is no warning given. This leaves the umpires hanging with their decisions as they discuss this among themselves and the captains.

History of the mankading rule in Cricket

The first batsman to get run out by this rule was George Baigent of Sussex in 1835 and the bowler who implied this rule was Thomas Barker.

The rule gets its name from the renowned all-rounder cricketer Vinoo Mankad. The veteran dismissed the Australian cricketer Bill Brown in this pattern in 1947 in the Sydney test series.

Mankad warned the batsman twice before running him out, but Bill did not abide by his warnings. Vinoo has run out Bill in the same manner twice.

Is Mankading rule Legal?

According to the Preamble of cricket, the spirit of the game is the first priority and should be highly respected.  The law of cricket 41.16 set by the Marylebone Cricket Club states that Mankading is legal. The law has been revised a few times but as of now, it states that-

“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.

In these circumstances, the non-striker will be out Run out if he/she is out of his/her ground when his/her wicket is put down by the bowler throwing the ball at the stumps or by the bowler’s hand holding the ball, whether or not the ball is subsequently delivered.”

Though it sounds non-fussy and undebatable, the law is still under heartly approval. The Mankading rule in cricket seems to be a stigma to the essence of cricket.  Some players see this rule as cheating and an unrightful way of dismissal.

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Is it a mandate for the bowler to give a warning to the batsman?

Cricket is a game of sheer concentration. Your one wrong move can cost you slathers. In cricket nobody gets a warning, have you seen a wicketkeeper waring the batsman before he stumps? Is a bowler warned for overstepping? No right, they have to face the repercussions by dismissal or free hit.

Similarly, the bowler is not obligated to give a warning to the batsman before running him out but is certainly expected to do so in order to maintain the sportsman spirit.

Mankading incidents so far

Mankading in Test cricket so far:

  • Vinoo Mankad: Bill Brown, Australia v India, Sydney, 1947-48
  • Charlie Griffith: Ian Redpath, Australia v West Indies, Adelaide, 1968-69
  • Ewen Chatfield: Derek Randall, England v New Zealand, Christchurch, 1977-78
  • Sikander Bakht: Alan Hurst Pakistan v Australia, Perth, 1978-79

Mankading in ODI cricket so far:

  • Greg Chappell: Brian Luckhurst, England v Australia, Melbourne, 1974-75
  • Deepak Patel: Grant Flower, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, Harare, 1992-93
  • Kapil Dev: Peter Kirsten South Africa v India, Port Elizabeth, 1992-93
  • Sachitra Senanayake: Jos Buttler, England v Sri Lanka, Edgbaston, 2014

Mankading in T20 cricket so far:

  • Amir Kaleem: Mark Chapman, Hong Kong v Oman, 2016 Asia Cup Qualifier, 2016
  • Ravichandran Ashwin: Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2019, March 2019
  • Daulat Zadran: Noor Ali Zadran, Kabul Eagles vs Miss Ainak Nights, Shapeza Cricket League, September 2020

Cricket is one of the most loved sports and shouldn’t give room to any dishonored practice.

Taking this into count, Mankanding rule in cricket has been an ordeal and a thorn for the players throughout. But now the MCC has revised the rules and made it undisputed with effect from 1st October’2022.

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