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Mankading rule is unfair to bowlers, ICC should modify rules

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Even if we get rid of stigma associated Mankading, I feel it will remain unfair for the bowlers.

 

A bowler can Mankad a batsman if the observes that non-striker is leaving the crease early. Key point is that if bowler observes non-striker. So, this rule essentially puts onus on the bowler to observe and dismiss non-striker. Bowler is already focusing on striker and his movements - whether he is dancing down the tracks or playing switch hit etc. To dismiss non-striker by Mankading, he has to divert his attention. Moreover, bowler has to stop his run up to do so. Unless batsman is taking way too much advantage, it will be really difficult for bowlers to notice it. Even then I guess stopping run is more difficult for pacers. What if batsman is taking small extra step. Bowler will find it very difficult to notice.

 

So, consider risk v reward scenario for batsman in this case. He will get out may be 1 out of 1000 times depending on how much steps he is taking. He can always take small, difficult to notice steps and probably gain dozen extra runs in every match, while risking his wicket once in a year or so? Even if Mankading becomes widely acceptable, it doesn't put onus on batsman and umpire and it will still be favorable to batting side.

 

Instead of keeping dismissal rule, ICC should give 3rd umpire license to check for non-striker's movement before delivery and all such attempts should be counted as short. Additionally award a 5 runs penalty if it is done multiple times in a match.

 

Pros:

1. Essentially rules out the advantage which batsman is trying to make as runs will be short.

2. Batsman will risk more scrutiny and penalty with multiple offense and teams will discourage repeat offenders.

3. Bowlers won't have to worry about it at all. They can focus 100% on striker.

4. Non-strikers will have responsibility to be aware and ensure they stay back.

5. Field umpires won't have handle the situation either.

 

Cons:

1. No batsman will ever be dismissed because of this.

 

 

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Bowlers should use this far often. There are many cheat runs being taken by batsmen by taking unfair advantage of leaving the crease even before the ball is delivered. A lot of these runs would be dot balls or run outs if the early start they taken is not allowed by bowlers. The averages of batsmen will also drop by few runs. Ashwin did the right thing. Somewhere this rubbish had to stop.

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31 minutes ago, aditya19 said:

moronic pauses in delivery stride should also be banned.even though in this case ashwin didnt pause but he paused in buttler's dismissal.

No. Bowler can do as he/she wishes before delivery, maybe even a Kathakali performance. When batsmen can make all sorts of movements within their crease, beyond their crease (a la KP walking down before release of ball) why penalty on bowlers?

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Keep it simple. 5 run penalty to the batting team. We have that rule for many things in cricket. We must have that for this instance too where batsman tries to cheat. Its blatant cheating.


Batsmen on the non strikers end are making it look like baseball. This isn’t Baseball. Game is already unfair to the bowlers with the free hit rule.  Put a 5 run penalty and get done with this.

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

Keep it simple. 5 run penalty to the batting team. We have that rule for many things in cricket. We must have that for this instance too where batsman tries to cheat. Its blatant cheating.


Batsmen on the non strikers end are making it look like baseball. This isn’t Baseball. Game is already unfair to the bowlers with the free hit rule.  Put a 5 run penalty and get done with this.

 

 

 

This free hit rule is rubbish

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PCness, Spirit of Cricket etc total madness, cancer. In which world is this fair? Ashwin should have simply mankaded that clown. 

I mean even in gully cricket we don't attempt such headstarts, we start movement from way behind the crease to gain momentum. These international batsmen are making a mockery of simple rules, how much more unfair do they want the game to be against bowlers? Easy dot balls converted to 1s, 1s to 2s...must be infuriating. When margins are so thin in elite competition, even a few inches gained can change the outcome, they don't allow such nonsense in athletics, swimming, cycling, F1, tennis....only cricket has this stupid 'Spirit' thing. 

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Cricket needs to adopt the ruthlessness of other sports. FFS the GOAT Usain Bolt was disqualified from world championship final once because of false start by what 1/10th of a second? No warning element in those events for a long time, one false start and you go home packing. And unlike in cricket these athletes get so few chances to perform at the highest level, some focus only on Olympics which is once in 4 years.

 

 

 

 

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All those for mankading, I have one question. How will it look if non striker batsman is full stretch and just putting his bat in his crease. Something of sort as in image below. Unless the rule is changed that batsman both the feet should be inside popping crease at the time of delivery, IMO, Non Striker batsmen are doing a favor by just walking during the delivery.

 

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Hence all of the OPs suggestion is invalid. Above is exact reason why mankading is a taboo. I hope now people understand why professional Cricketers do not like mankading and consider it as last resort.

 

BTW, If NS is in above pose, he can simply stare at face of bowler while he is bowling, and that will be huge distraction to bowler as well.

 

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22 hours ago, mishra said:

All those for mankading, I have one question. How will it look if non striker batsman is full stretch and just putting his bat in his crease. Something of sort as in image below. Unless the rule is changed that batsman both the feet should be inside popping crease at the time of delivery, IMO, Non Striker batsmen are doing a favor by just walking during the delivery.

 

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Honestly, I dont see any problem in doing so. Non strikers can very well use this method . No one is preventing them from doing so. Just the bat inside the crease is enough to constitute a run, not both feet inside it, so non strikers are allowed by the laws to be in a full strech mode with their bat inside the crease before the delivery.

 

Seeing them casually strolling well outside crease before a delivery and complaining when run out looks very childish.

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1 hour ago, Sonix768 said:

Honestly, I dont see any problem in doing so. Non strikers can very well use this method . No one is preventing them from doing so. Just the bat inside the crease is enough to constitute a run, not both feet inside it, so non strikers are allowed by the laws to be in a full strech mode with their bat inside the crease before the delivery.

 

Seeing them casually strolling well outside crease before a delivery and complaining when run out looks very childish.

Actually, In practice that “pose” of NS is massive distraction to bowler. IMO, mankading should be replaced by Umpire taking onus and declaring that run as “short” within current rules.  ICC should rule one or both feet remaining in crease at the time of bowl getting delivered.That makes both sides happy.

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When we were kids ,we had this special bat for runners with extra long handle.We would lay it out perpendicular to the crease, with the bat just crossing the line and then stand with our foot just about touching the bat and then sprint to take our singles , for twoes the aim was to dive and touch the bat.Sometimes the opposition would kick the bat away to prevent us from diving on it, starting a fight.

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