South African limited-overs specialist Tabraiz Shamsi has strongly backed Ravichandran Ashwin’s stance on Mankading. The Mankad mode of dismissal has been a highly debatable one, with Ravichandran Ashwin copping plenty of criticism when he removed Jos Buttler in IPL 2019 in that fashion. But Tabraiz Shamsi believes that bowlers should do it without any fear.
Recently, Ravichandran Ashwin narrated a story when Ankit Rajpoot refused to Mankad Mumbai Indians‘ last pair despite his advice to do it. Ashwin further claimed that Ankit Rajpoot froze when about to deliver the ball and returned to the off-spinner and stated he would be the villain if he did it. The 34-year old made him understand by pointing out that what you are doing is correct since the non-striker is at fault.
Tabraiz Shamsi’s comments arrived after Ravichandran Ashwin and Sanjay Manjrekar had a constructive debate on Twitter regarding the evening out of the contest between the batters and bowlers. Ashwin wrote on Twitter that the mental trauma that follows for the bowlers stops them from doing it. Tabraiz Shamsi agrees with the Tamil Nadu-born off-spinner, saying the bowlers must do it as it is within the rules of the game. The left-arm wrist-spinner also thinks that why the bowlers should receive criticism for abusing the spirit of cricket when it’s the batsmen stealing a few extra yards.
Below is Tabraiz Shamsi’s tweet:
@ashwinravi99 I think all bowlers should do it without any fear.. its within the rules of the game
Why must the bowlers get abused about "spirit of cricket" when it's actually the batsmen that are stealing yards and THAT is against the spirit of cricket
That's the real truth👆 https://t.co/toELW0z7wc
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) May 29, 2021