'Mankading' took the center stage this IPL season, after R. Ashwin's controversial move. Following that episode, India's Krunal Pandya gave a 'mankading' warning to none other than, MS Dhoni.
The world has been a spectator of Dhoni's skills behind and in front of the stumps, the international cricketer for over 15 years proved it yet again. Despite the 'warning', his rapid reflexes and the astute attention on field dismantled any possible attempts of Pandya during the match on Wednesday night.
During a match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, bowling to Kedar Jadhav, all-rounder Krunal Pandya came to the end of his run-up but did not release the ball, sending a warning to the legendary cricketer to stay within the crease.
Sticking to the 'spirit of the game', an argument that erupted during R. Ashwin's episode, Pandya waited at the crease before throwing the ball and left it at that, however, the former India captain was anyway bwell within the crease.
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The 'Mankading' incident happened in the 13th over of the Rajasthan innings when Ashwin dislodged the bails at the non-strikers end after he saw Jos Buttler walking down the pitch. He appealed instantly and the decision went in the off-spinner's favour. Punjab celebrated while a shell-shocked Jos Buttler walked back to the dugout after scoring a quickfire 43-ball 69 which included 10 fours and two sixes.
Since the incident, 'Mankading' has become a country-wide topic of discussion. The term applies when a bowler runs-out a batsman who leaves the crease before the ball is bowled. This was named after the legendary Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad who had ran-out Australian batsman Bill Brown in 1947 after the latter had come out of his crease before Mankad had bowled. However, in this type of dismissal, a batsman is usually given a warning.
At the post-match press conference, Ashwin went on to say that his actions were within the rules of the game and cannot be called unsporting. He also added that the action was very instinctive on his part. However, with the reactions coming in, the laws of cricket took a backseat as the bowler was accused of spoiling the 'spirit of cricket'