New Zealand and Mumbai Indians seamer Trent Boult has reckoned that ‘mankading’ is quite sensitive and that running a batsman backing up too far at the non-striker’s end does not cross his mind.
Mankading has been a hot topic of contention in the cricketing folklore over the years. While a major chunk of people believe that a bowler is well within his rights to run out a batsman at the non-striker’s end if he is backing up too far, others believe it is against the ‘Spirit of the game’.
Back in 2019, the then Punjab Kings skipper Ravichandran Ashwin created a huge furor when he ‘mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler.
In the ongoing season too, there have been several instances of a non-striker backing up too far. Trent Boult, however, believes, it is up to the umpire to take a call if a batsman is advancing too early.
“I think it is quite a sensitive issue. From my point of view, it does not really cross my mind, I have other things that I am concentrating on. I am more focused on what I am doing with the ball. I think the umpires have the power and jurisdiction to make a call if someone is advancing too early,” said Trent Boult during a virtual press conference on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Trent Boult was also asked about his experience of playing under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.
Boult hailed the five-time IPL-winning captain as a ‘very positive guy’ and as someone who is pretty approachable.
“I only have one season experience of Rohit being the captain. He has been very successful, with five championships under his name. He is pretty approachable, he backs all the players to execute their skills. He is a very positive guy.” said Trent Boult.