The recent Mankading incident during the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) involving Kings XI Punjab skipper and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Rajasthan Royals (RR) batsman Jos Buttler received mix opinions from the public and the cricketing world. Some believed that what Ashwin did was well within the rules and regulations of the game, while the rest thought that his disgraceful actions were surely against the spirit of the game.
Originally the term ‘Mankading’ first came into existence when former Indian legendary cricketer Vinoo Mankad effected the run-out dismissal of Australia’s Bill Brown, who was constantly backing out of his crease at the non-striker’s end. After several warnings, Mankad finally ‘Mankaded’ Brown and since then whenever a non-striker is run-out by a bowler in that manner, the dismissal term which is used is known as ‘Mankaded’.
It is disappointing reading the Indian media
In his recent column for The Times of India, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that it feels very much depressing and disappointing that the Indian media is giving no respect to former Indian cricketer. He wrote that it is very saddening to see Vinoo Mankad’s name being disrespected.
“It really has been depressing and disappointing reading the Indian media over the last few days. The lack of respect shown to an Indian legend and referring the run-out by a bowler as ‘Mankad’ is indeed very sad,” wrote Sunil Gavaskar in his recent column for The Times of India.
Gavaskar revealed that it was a lazy foreign journalist who popularized the term ‘Mankading’ after that controversial Brown run-out dismissal. He noted that Vinoo had already warned Brown a lot of times before effecting the run-out.
“Just because over 70 years back a lazy foreign journalist called a run-out of Bill Brown the Australian non-striker for backing up out of his crease by Vinoo Mankad as being ‘Mankaded’ the term has stuck. That Brown had been warned more than once by Mankad and still continued to transgress was overlooked and even after Sir Don Brahman found nothing wrong in Vinoo Mankad’s action the media called it Mankaded,” the former Indian cricketer furthered in his column.