Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya got a lot of praise recently when he gave Kings XI Punjab batsman Mayank Agarwal a ‘warning’ before ‘Mankading’ him. Perhaps to show Ravichandran Ashwin how Mankading should be done. Earlier Ashwin had dismissed Rajasthan Royals batsman, Jos Butler without a prior warning, a move that was heavily criticized. Krunal had the chance to dismiss Mayank but he stopped while bowling to give a sly warning to Agarwal to hold his run.
In this way, his behavior was applauded by the whole cricketing fraternity. He once again took the opportunity of exercising a ‘Mankad’ in the MI-CSK game however, the batsman on the non-striker’s end was Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Pandya’s behavior was again according to the spirit of the game, but Dhoni being was alert as ever. At no point did the Chennai Super Kings captain take his willow away from the crease, thus ensuring Pandya’s attempt went in vain.
Krunal Pandya gave a mankad scare to MSD! https://t.co/njhsd156a6
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This whole incident took place in the 14th over of the second innings, where Chennai was chasing a target of 170/5 set up by Mumbai Indians. Bowling to Kedar Jadhav, Krunal completed his run-up but didn’t release the ball. However, for his bad luck, MSD never left the crease in the first place, thus showcasing the smartness you would expect from a former team India captain.
Commentating on this whole episode, Sanjay Manjrekar was left admiring the presence of mind from Dhoni. He said, “Right instincts for Dhoni. The bat was inside, the ball was in the scene. He does most things right. Just out of instincts, with Dhoni very rarely will you see him do something that is incorrect.”
The Ashwin-Butler incident had caused a massive uproar among experts and fans alike. Many believe Ashwin did the right thing, because the batsman, Butler had left the crease. Some others feel this was against the spirit of the game. Speaking on this incident, Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Mohammad Nabi feels Ashwin played by the rules but he was sadly against the spirit of the sport.
Indian star Ravichandran Ashwin says he has no regrets over his controversial 'Mankad' dismissal of England batsman Jos Buttler which sparked a heated debate in the cricket worldhttps://t.co/fSzxsddwQn#Mankad #Ashwin pic.twitter.com/Z8W2KB2kRv
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Nabi said “According to rules Buttler is out but as far as sportsman spirit in cricket is concerned, Ashwin shouldn’t have done it. He stopped while bowling and then decided to take the bail off. Buttler was out of his crease so he was out. According to rule, it is out but in sportsman spirit, it didn’t look good.”