Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg has criticized Dhawal Kulkarni for backing up yards at the non-striker’s end on the final ball against CSK. Hogg shared a photo of the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings match of IPL 2021, in which Kulkarni was seen way ahead of the crease before the bowler delivered the final ball of the match. Mumbai Indians needed 2 runs to win off the final ball on Lungi Ngidi’s 20th over in the match.
Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings during IPL 2021 encounter on Saturday after successfully chasing mammoth 219 runs. Chennai Super Kings batted first and with the help of Ambati Rayudu’s 72, they posted 218-4 on the scoreboard. Later, Kieron Pollard led the way for the Mumbai Indians’ victory with his quickfire of 87 runs.
Is This In The Spirit Of The Game: Brad Hogg
Bradd Hogg shared the picture of Lungi Ngidi’s final delivery in which Mumbai Indians needed 2 runs to win. In the photo, Dhawal Kulkarni is seen backing up yards at the non-striker’s end. Hogg encircled Kulkarni in the photo and questioned if this is in the spirit of the game.
“Sorry again for my harp. Last night last ball 2 runs needed and the non striker again taking advantage. Is this in the spirit of the game. #IPL2020 #MIvsCSK”, Hogg wrote on Twitter along with the photo. Have a look at Brag Hogg’s tweet below.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) May 2, 2021
Kieron Pollard and Dhawal Kulkarni managed to take couple of runs comfortably on th final ball after the former hit the ball towards long on. Mumbai Indians won the match by 4 wickets after an impeccable one-match show by Kieron Pollard with the bat. Pollard was awarded player of the match for his stupendous batting.
This is not the first time that such an incident has become the talk of the town in IPL 2021. Earlier, former Indian cricketer, Venkatesh Prasad had slammed CSK’s Dwayne Bravo for backing up yards during a match against Rajasthan Royals. Dwayne Bravo was way out of the crease during a no-ball delivery of Mustafizur Rahman which was clearly caught on camera during the replays.
When the non-striker leaves his crease even before the ball is delivered, the bowler has a right to run him out. This form of dismissal is popularly known as ‘mankading’. However, mankading or running out a non-striker is often subjected by many as something that is against the spirit of the game.