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Ashwin Mankading Jos Butler During IPL 2019 © Shree Harsha Cricket

Want to know about Mankading in Cricket, Yes you are at the right place to know about it. We will provide you with a best and detailed explanation about the Mankading in Cricket. It has been a controversial topic in cricket fraternity with some cricket fanatics and the great retired players being in favor of the rule of Mankading and some criticizing the rule.

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  1. What is Mankading in Cricket?
  2. History of Mankading.
  3. What is the Mankading Rule?
  4. Why Mankading is so Controversial?
  5. Top 10 incidents of Mankading in Cricket.

What is Mankading in Cricket?

In General, When a batsman at non-striker’s end ( batsman who is not facing the bowler ) steps out of the crease before the ball has been released by the bowler and the bowler runs him out by dislodging the bails, then this mode of dismissal is referred as Mankading.
It has been the most controversial rule in the long history of cricket. There have been many debates on this rule in the past but still, that debate has no end to it. In Legal terms, this rule is well within the laws but it’s against the spirit of the game. It all started with the legendary VINOO MANKAD during the tour of Australia in 1947 when he ran out Bill Brown.

Interesting things coming up keep reading to get insights on History and Legality of the rule.


It all started way back in 1947 when the Indian Cricket Team toured Australia to play Test Matches against them on Australian soil. It was the Second Test match against Australians at Sydney when the left-arm spinner Vinoo Mankad claimed Bill Brown out by dislodging the bails, not for the first time on that tour but it was the second time he was claiming him run out in that fashion.
This created a huge controversy in Australian media, they were all over Vinoo Mankad for that incident. Australian media criticized him for not showing the sportsman’s spirit and picturized him as a cheat at that moment. And it was none other than the Australian Media which invented the word “MANKADING”  after the incident.

Newspaper clipping of Article by “Ginty” during Australian Tour in 1947 criticizing Vinoo Mankad for Mankading © Wikipedia

But on the flip side of it, the Australian captain Don Bradman spoke in favor of Mankad and quoted :

“For the life of me, I can’t understand why [the press] questioned his sportsmanship. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the non-striker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered. If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the nonstriker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage,”

So I believe now you understand about the history behind Mankading and how it originated.

What is the Mankading Rule?

  • According to the Laws of ICC, the rule states that :

The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. if the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal dead ball as soon possible.

  • According to the Laws of MCC, the rule states that :

The MCC (Law 42.15) states that “The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.”

Ashwin Mankading Jos Butler during IPL 2019 © mid-day .com

For many years ICC has been implementing the rules of MCC but way back in 2011 this rule of mankading was changed but few people including the current cricketers do not know about this minute difference in the rule of ICC and MCC. The key difference between the two rules is that it gives authority to bowler for running out non-striker if he steps out of the crease before the ball is released from the hand of the bowler.

So it conveys the message the method of claiming batsmen run out usually named as Mankading is well within the laws of the game but it’s not within the so-called spirit of the game. 

Why Mankading is Controversial?

  • According to cricket pundits, the rule of Mankading in cricket is believed to be against the spirit of the game. But some of them believe it’s not against the spirit of the game.
  • Now, if we talk about the legality of the rule it is still well within the laws of the game created by ICC.
  • Personally, I feel it’s an open-ended discussion that will not have any end to it.
    Let’s have a nice talk about it.
    If you are a bowler then you must feel like it’s an unfair advantage to the batting team, if non-striker leaves the crease earlier then he can complete an extra run and that’s unfair in the game of cricket where even a single centimeter matters.

And now if you step into the shoes of a batsman then you might feel like I am innocent, I didn’t do that deliberately because generally non-striker is watching towards the batting end and believes bowler will deliver the ball at that moment but bowler stops and get the non-striker run out. Now it becomes unfair on non-striker.

This is the only reason I feel it’s an open-ended debate that can go on for years.

Many great cricketers have been a part of the mankading controversy and have been criticized for long enough by media. The latest incident being of Ravichandran Ashwin Mankading Jos Butler in IPL and it was not the first time that Jos Butler was mankaded earlier he was mankaded by Sachitra Senanayake of Sri Lanka in 2014. Have a look at the incidents of past that were under the cloud of mankading controversy.

Top 10 Incidents of Mankading in Cricket

  • Vinoo Mankad and Bill Brown
    The very first incident from where Mankading started, during the Second test Match at Sydney when India toured Australia in 1947. It was a controversial test match and after the incident, Australian media criticized Vinoo Mankad for a long time and also called him a cheat. But the Australian Skipper Don Bradman came and gave his comments in favor of Vinoo Mankad.
  • Charlie Grifith and Ian Redpath
    West Indian cricketing legend Charlie Grifith was another player who mankaded an Australian cricketer again at Adelaide during 1959-1960. Ian Redpath of Australia was the other Australian after Bill Brown to be Mankaded in a Test Match.
  • Kapil Dev and Peter Kirsten
    In 1992, the Indian Cricket Team toured South Africa for a 7 One Day Matches. It was 9th December when South African Cricket Team blew away the Indian Team on the back of the successful spell of Brian McCmillan taking 4 wickets and clearing off India’s batting at mere 147 runs. During that match, Kapil Dev mankaded Peter Kirsten and that led to the downfall of Kapil Dev’s reputation after winning the World Cup in 1983.
  • Murali Karthik – Legend of Mankading
    There were only two instances of mankading in the first-class cricket and credit for both incidents goes to Mr. Murali Karthik. Once when he was playing a first-class match for Surrey in 2012 Allex Burrow was found outside the crease and Karthik taking advantage of the moment clipped off the bails.
    And the other incident was during Ranji trophy where he mankaded Sandipan Das a player of West Bengal Ranji team.

  • Ravichandran Ashwin and Lahiru Thirimanne
    Way Back in 2012 when the Indian Cricket Team played Commonwealth Bank Series, Virender Sehwag was the stand-in captain for that match against Srilanka in the absence of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Ashwin tried to mankad Lahiru Thirimanne as he was trying to go out of the popping crease but the senior players Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag decided to take back the appeal.
    ” THE Only Incident where Spirit of the Game Prevailed “

  • Jos Butler and Sachitra Senanayake
    In 2014 when Srilanka came to England for One Day Matches, in the series finale fifth ODI Senanayake mankaded Jos Butler and it was a match deciding wicket as England was already struggling at 170 for 5 and eventually, Sri Lanka triumphed that match.

  • Ravichandran Ashwin and Jos Butler
    Ashwin was again in the spotlight in the controversy of Mankading during the 12th edition of Indian Premier League where he mankaded Jos Butler (for the second time) which looked like he desperately did that but he defended himself by saying “this area belongs to bowler” and Jos Butler in return was not happy with the actions of Ravichandran Ashwin. And it attracted the attention of the bigger audience as the Indian Premier League is very popular in the world.
  • Greg Chappell and Brian Luckhurst
    In One Day International, this was the first time mankading was done in an ODI game.
  • Aamir Kaleem and Mark Chapman
    Before playing for NewZealand, Mark Chapman played for Hong Kong. It was during 2016 when Hong Kong was playing Asia Cup Qualifier Aamir Kaleem mankaded  Mark Chapman.

  • Keemo Paul and Richard Ngarva
    It was the first time mankading was done in an ICC event i.e Under 19 World Cup where Keemo Paul took the initiative of registering himself in the books of records of Cricket by mankaded Richard Ngarva.


Mankad controversy is a never-ending one. Some are in favor of the Spirit of the game and some with Legality of it. In near future ICC should give a proper clarification of the rule or this mode of dismissal of runout should be removed from the rulebook of cricket. So that controversy doesn’t arise again in the future.


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