Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik expressed his disappointment overusing Vinoo Mankad’s name with the form of dismissal negatively. India’s all-rounder Vinoo Mankad was perhaps the first cricketer to dismiss a batsman, who was out of the crease at the non-striker’s end. Instead, Dinesh Karthik feels that the batsman, who became the victim of that should be associated with it.
One of the latest instances of the ‘Mankad’ dismissal occurred in the 2019 edition of IPL when Ravichandran Ashwin ran out Jos Buttler in a similar fashion. Back in 1948, Vinoo Mankad ran out Australia’s Bill Brown, who left the crease without the bowler completing the delivery despite repeated warnings. The Australian media expressed outrage over it; however, Sir Donald Bradman found it completely legal.
Dinesh Karthik underlined that he has two issues with the form of dismissal, which is the implementation and why is it named after ‘Mankad’. Karthik stated that it is deemed as legal even by stalwarts like Donald Bradman, Sunil Gavaskar, ICC, and MCC; however, it is still viewed negatively. He highlighted that while Vinoo Mankad was the first cricketer to do it and did it following the rules; however, very few remember the batsman then.
“There are two issues I have with this ‘Mankad’ run out. First is the implementation of it. Second is the name ‘Mankad’ run out. All the way from Don Bradman to Sunil Gavaskar, everyone has said it’s completely within the rules. The ICC and MCC have also taken a stand that it is okay.
“So I don’t see the reason why bowlers or any team that does it is looked at in a negative way. The person who did it first time was Vinoo Mankad. Interestingly, he was alert enough to do that dismissal. But more importantly, nobody remembers the batsman who got run out. It was Bill Brown,” the 34-year old stated as quoted by India Today.
Why can’t it be called anything to do with Bill Brown?: Dinesh Karthik
The KKR skipper added that if Mankad was the first cricketer to effect the dismissal; however, Bill Brown proved himself as silly by walking out of the crease repeatedly. Hence, Dinesh Karthik reckons it should be known as something associated with Brown and was unhappy with Mankad’s name being used in a negative connotation.
“If Mankad was the first person who did that run out, Bill Brown was the first person who got run out for being silly and walking out of the crease. Why is it that people remember Mankad and not Brown? Why can’t it be called anything to do with Bill Brown? He (Mankad) followed the rules and did it. The ICC and MCC call it a run out. So the name Mankad shouldn’t be used in a negative connotation,” he added.