Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya won plaudits from the cricket fraternity after he warned Mayank Agarwal for leaving the crease and didn’t run him out like Kings XI Punjab Ravichandran Ashwin did a few matches ago. Michael Vaughan lauded him and said that this is the way one should deal with a Mankad.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Vaughan wrote, “Respect @krunalpandya24 … that’s exactly how you deal with a Mankad … Give the Batsman a warning then it’s open season after that … #IPL2019. Mayank Agarwal had left the crease way too early and Krunal Pandya warned him. You are not allowed to leave the crease as per the rules and now its high time that the umpires warn the batsman for backing up too match like they warn the bowlers for running on the danger area.
On March 25, 2019, encounter between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium was a delight to watch for the spectators as Chris Gayle became the fastest batsman to score 4,000 runs in IPL history.
However, the laws of the cricket took a backseat after Ravichandran Ashwin, Kings XI Punjab skipper, 'mankaded' Jos Buttler, inflicting a massive blow on Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
The incident took place in the 13th over of Rajasthan innings when Ashwin had dislodged the bails at the non-strikers end while he was about to bowl as Jos Buttler had walked down the pitch. The Punjab skipper appealed for a run out instantly. The decision was made in his favour and Buttler's gritty knock came to an end. However, this did not go down well with Twitterati and they criticized Ashwin for 'Mankading' Buttler.
The gatekeeper of the rules of cricket, MCC ended all the debate on the 'Mankad' controversy surrounding Ravichandran Ashwin and Jos Buttler, stating that the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper was at fault in that incident, and that he paused for a bit too long which resulted in the Rajasthan Royals (RR) batsman leaving the crease and subsequently getting run out.
In an exclusive interview to ESPNcricinfo, MCC's cricket academy manager Fraser Stewart felt that the actions by the off-spinner were not within the spirit of the sport.
"Ashwin seemed to pause to allow Buttler to go out of his ground and then obviously he put the wicket down; Buttler did not really make much of an effort to get back into his ground. It is one where we just felt the pause was just too long and therefore not within the spirit of cricket," he said.
"The key moment was when the ball would normally have been delivered, and we think Buttler was just within his ground at that point. It was only then he carried on with his wander out and the release was delayed then the wicket was put down," MCC's cricket academy manager added.