R Ashwin shares views on ‘Mankading’ controversy, Highlights possible outcomes

Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin has addressed the ongoing debate surrounding 'mankading' incidents in cricket.

Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin has addressed the ongoing debate surrounding ‘mankading’ incidents in cricket. In a detailed statement, he emphasized that the reactions could be explosive if prominent players like Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma were involved in such incidents during crucial matches.

Ashwin said, “Consider a scenario where a player like Kohli, Rohit, Smith, or Root is run out at the non-striker’s end during a World Cup semifinal or a decisive match. I’m certain chaos will ensue, with experts and fans vehemently opposing it.”

He further stated, “While not all teams are currently adopting this strategy, I hope they brace themselves for it during the World Cup. Refraining from ‘mankading’ may seem principled, but it could provide an unfair advantage to opposing teams. Teams should seize every legitimate opportunity to secure victory in the pursuit of winning a World Cup, an achievement of a lifetime.”

Ashwin added, “The solution lies in the batter closely observing the bowler’s ball-loading motion and shoulder movement before leaving the crease. If the batter fails to do so and gets dismissed, it should be acknowledged as a skillful move by the bowler rather than a controversy.”

Ashwin himself gained notoriety for his ‘mankading’ of Jos Buttler during the 2019 IPL season. This act initiated a series of similar incidents involving other players, sparking discussions. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has made clarifications and amendments to the rules multiple times in response to these events.

In a recent instance, Pakistan’s Shadab Khan faced a ‘mankading’ dismissal by Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi during a crucial match. The incident reignited conversations about ‘mankading’ in cricket.

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