Has the Mankading controversy been solved? Two weeks hence the incident in IPL 2019, a hilarious video on running between the wickets goes viral over social media
Is there stopping to discussions and debate on the controversial Mankading dismissal? Two weeks have passed since the massive controversy overshadowed Kings XI Punjab’s first-ever IPL win in Jaipur against Rajasthan Royals after R Ashwin pulled off the dismissal to get rid of in-form Jos Buttler. Twitter went abuzz criticizing the KXIP skipper along with many veterans of the game while only a few backed the Indian off spinner.
A certain group of fans however have chosen to see the funnier side of things. A recently posted video has gone viral over social media which shows a hilarious but innovative method of running between the wickets which could be used to avoid the controversial mode of dismissal. In the video, the non-striker uses a long piece of timber to ease out the process of picking up runs between the wickets while the other member makes the effort of actual running. Iconic cricket brand Gray Nicolas shared the video on their Twitter handle and captioned it, “Looking forward to bringing you the 2020 range, full of our usual innovations…”
Watch the video here:
The video was so funny that even the ICC couldn’t stop themselves from reacting to it.
While most former Indian cricketers backed Ashwin, the act did not go down well with English cricketers and the whole of Rajasthan Royals camp. Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne had torn apart Ashwin with an array of eight tweets following the incident. The nature of the incident was so big even Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the guardians of the game of cricket, had to clear the rules to end the debate.
Weighing in on the dismissal, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the arbiter of the laws of the game, called it “unfair” and contrary to the Spirit of Cricket.
“Having extensively reviewed the incident again and after further reflection, we don’t think it was within the spirit of the game,” MCC laws manager Fraser Stewart told the UK’s ‘The Telegraph’ newspaper. “We believe the pause was too long between the time Ashwin reached the crease and the moment it was reasonable to expect the ball would be delivered. When Buttler could have reasonably expected the ball to be delivered, he was in his ground. It is also unfair, and against the Spirit of Cricket, for non-strikers to leave their ground too early,” Stewart added.