Over the years, one has seen bowlers firing warning to players for backing up too far at the non-striker’s end. In this unpopular mode of dismissal, the bowler pulls out of his run-up to run-out the batsman at the non-striker’s end after the latter walks out of the crease before the ball is bowled.
The dismissal is well within the rules of the game but is widely considered against the spirit of the game. Time and again, one has seen bowlers not only warning the batsmen at the non-striker’s end but also dismissing them. But it is safe to say that no one had ever seen a batsman daring a bowler to run him out at the non-striker’s end until James Faulkner did it on Sunday.
The former Australia allrounder came up with the action during the Big Bash League (BBL) clash between Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers. The incident took place in the final over of Hurricanes’ innings when Peter Siddle was bowling with Tim David on strike.
Just before bowling his delivery, Peter Siddle pulled out of his run-up and caught James Faulkner well out of the crease. However, James Faulkner hilariously stood there without even trying to get inside his crease. With his hands on his waist as if he was annoyed, James Faulkner was looking at the veteran pacer before the latter started laughing.
Here is a clip of the incident:
James Faulkner was almost daring Peter Siddle to Mankad him here ?
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 13, 2020
Talking about the game, Hobart Hurricanes posted 174 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs after Siddle won the toss and invited them to bat first. Opener D’Arcy Short starred with the bat, scoring 72 off 48 balls to lay the foundation for the big total. In reply, Adelaide Strikers have started their chase in a disastrous manner.
At the time of writing this report, they were reeling at 68 for 6 after ten overs with Matt Renshaw and Daniel Worrall in the middle.