Mankading has always been a controversial mode of dismissal in the game of cricket. It started way back in 1948 when India’s Vinoo Mankad ran out Australia’s Bill Brown. The term ‘Mankading’ was coined after the former India player’s surname. Since then, the dismissal has been allowed by the World Cricket Governing Council and MCC. However, a lot of former and current players think that it it is against the ‘Spirit of the game’.
In 2019, the then Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian T20 League was surrounded by the same controversy. Apparently, he had run out Rajasthan’s Jos Buttler. Meanwhile, the dismissal was officially made ‘fair’ by the MCC in March this year. The same mode of dismissal was witnessed in the opening game of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2022. The game was played between Nellai Royal Kings and Chepauk Super Gillies.
Precisely, the incident happened in the fourth over of the second innings. Kings’ Baba Aparajith ran out Narayan Jagadeesan was backing a little too early. Aparajith saw this and whipped the bails off. After this, the right-hander was upset with the dismissal and was seen showing his middle-finger which is a form of non-verbal cussing.
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Talking about the game, the opening game of the seventh season of the league was filled with excitement. Gillies won the toss and elected to bowl first in Tirunelveli. Apart from S Harish Kumar and Manimaran Siddharth, other bowlers were thrashed and the opposition amassed 184/4. For Kings, Laxmesha Suryaprakash (62) and Sanjay Yadav (87*) scored half centuries. In reply, Gillies tried to win the game but could only level the scores at the end of 20 overs.
For the team, Kaushik Gandhi (64), Jagadessan (25), Sonu Yadav (34), and Harish Kumar (26*) scored useful runs. In the Super Over, Gillies scored nine runs while losing one wicket. Kings chased down the target in five balls while losing one wicket. Royal have started their campaign on a winning note.