A brief history of Mankading

Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler in 2014 with a Mankad.
Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler in 2014 with a Mankad.

Following the controversial 'Mankad' run out in the under-19 Cricket World Cup game overnight, Chris Rattue looks back on other Mankad moments in the game.

The original

Vinoo Mankad ran out non-striker Aussie batsman Bill Brown during the test in Sydney on the 1947 tour, having dismissed Brown the same way in an earlier match against an Aussie XI. Some of the Australian press cried poor sportsmanship, although Sir Donald Bradman backed his actions as legitimate.

Mankad, who died in 1978, would probably have preferred to be known for his batting exploits. He helped set a world record opening partnership of more than 400 runs, and is among only three players to have batted in every position during his test career.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing

The New Zealand medium pacer Ewen Chatfield sent hyperactive English batsman Derek Randall packing at Christchurch in 1978, and copped an almighty serve from Ian Botham for his troubles.

In the previous test at Wellington, Chatfield was revived on the pitch, after being struck by a Peter Lever bouncer. Ever the charmer, Botham reportedly told Chatfield: "Be careful what you do son, you have already died in a Test match once."
Chatfield has admitted to not making the run-out in the proper way because he removed the bails with an underarm motion rather than in the act of bowling.

A still contrite Chatfield told RadioSport's Martin Devlin: "Randall was turning twos into threes...he had half a wicket's start. I didn't warn him...I was a bit under pressure and did that silly thing, in hindsight.

"The rest of the team were a bit stunned and the Pommy boys weren't happy about it at all. It cost me a test...I got dropped for the next one. I don't know if I'd do it again."

Believe it or not...Aussies back India

Famous Aussie cricketers came out in support of India after spinner Ravi Ashwin did the Mankad on Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne in 2012 during a tri-series ODI in Brisbane.

"It's clear cheating to back-up before the ball is bowled and there shouldn't be any problem...it's just an out-dated part of cricket that has filtered down over the ages," said former fast bowler Rodney Hogg.

Indian captain Virender Sehwag said Thirimanne had been repeatedly warned, but the appeal was withdrawn at the request of Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar. Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene claimed the Mankad was against the spirit of cricket, but also said Thirimanne was at fault. Earlier in his career, Sehwag had copped criticism for revealing that he didn't know who Mankad was.

Spinner off

Indian spinner Murali Kartik, playing for Surrey, was jeered by spectators for running out young Somerset's Alex Barrow. There was the usual reaction about the spirit of cricket being broken, but Kartik was un-moved. "Everyone get a life please...if a batsman is out on a stroll in spite of being warned, does that count as being in the spirit of the game?" Absolutely. Some reports claim contributing to Kartik losing his Surrey contract.

Oh no, it's Kartik again

More angst, as Kartik repeated the dose while captaining Railways in a Ranji Trophy match in New Delhi, in 2013. Opposing players engaged in sarcastic clapping and Kartik was called a cheat. It was all too much for the opposing coach who was seen shouting at Kartik, who told him to "shut up".

Redpath too far down the path

Windies paceman Charlie Griffith did the bizzo on Aussie opener Ian Redpath at Adelaide in the late 1960s. In an ESPN column, Aussie great Ian Chappell had no complaint, and said "we certainly wouldn't have blamed Wes Hall if he had repeated the dose to the same batsman in the next test, when Redda was again discovered well out of his ground."
Chappell reckoned Redpath was fortunate that the the feared fast bowler Hall had a sense of humour. When Redpath glared at Hall, the fast bowler chuckled and replied: "You must be some kind of idiot, man."

In the same column, Chappell said: "I'm surprised more non-strikers haven't been Mankaded and that fielding sides bother with the so-called courtesy of warning the batsman first.

"Do you warn a batsman before you stump him? No. Then why warn him before you Mankad him? The situation is exactly the same: the batsman leaves his ground of his choosing and he's aware of the risk involved."

Running right or riot?

England and Sri Lanka duked it out in the verbal department, after spinner Sachithra Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler at Edgbaston in 2014 having given the batsman two warnings already. England's captain Alastair Cook accused Sri Lanka of "crossing the line", ironic choice of words. Sri Lanka revealed they had contemplated the move, after analysing England's tactics in a previous game. "We analysed the Lord's game and they took 22 twos in the last 10 overs - Ravi Bopara and him (Buttler) ran riot," captain Mahela Jayawardene said.

Cricket not on the mat

Pakistan scored a last ball victory over one-day kings West Indies in a 1987 World Cup quarterfinal after fast bowler Courtney Walsh backed away from a clear Mankad opportunity when about to bowl the final delivery. Pakistan's President General Zia-Ul-Haq gifted Walsh a carpet as thanks for his sporting gesture.

- NZ Herald

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