This IPL, Mankad is a fad; batsmen better watch out

Vikas Singh DerekUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:12 AM IST
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Ravichandran Ashwin mankads Jos Buttler during IPL 2019 game 4 between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur. Pic: @IPL/ Twitter |

Along with many records, the current edition of IPL will be remembered for one more instance – ‘Mankading’. Although considered an unethical form of dismissal by many, the dismissal came into limelight after Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin mankad-ed Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler in an IPL 2019 encounter.

Ashwin mankaded Buttler when he was playing effectively and achieved victory in the match for his team. A controversy erupted with allegations following the dismissal against the Indian spinner. After Ashwin’s attempt, mankading has become an important tool for bowlers to threaten non-strikers during matches. Here we have look at some of such incidents of IPL 2019 where bowlers tried to Mankad batsmen, or at least threatened them with a warning of mankading.

Firstly, lets again have a look at Ashwin mankading Buttler.

Ashwin vs Buttler! Ashwin mankaded Buttler when he was playing at 69 from 43 balls. Ashwin did not give any prior warning to him for leaving the crease, due to which the dismissal invited wide criticism.

Krunal vs Mayank! Krunal Pandya also gave a warning to Mayank Agarwal, during a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. Krunal did not dismiss Agarwal who was ahead of the crease during Krunal’s bowling action and just warned him.

Krunal vs Dhoni! For third time, it was again Krunal Pandya and this time, he tried to mankad CSK skipper MS Dhoni. But the incident backfired at Krunal himself since Dhoni was well within the crease at that time.

Mayank vs Russell! Another incident invited attention of cricket fans and experts when KXIP opener Mayank Agarwal was seen far ahead of the crease during KKR’s Andre Russell’s bowling. Although Russell possibly had no idea of the same, the photo of the incident got viral on social media.

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