The topic of mankading has picked up plenty of heat in the last few months, with contrasting opinions amongst the cricketing fraternity. South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has taken a strong stance in favour of mankading the batsmen if they back up too far out of the crease at the non-striker’s end before the ball is delivered. Tabraiz Shamsi stated, referring to post from Brad Hogg of the IPL 2021 match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
The 28th match of IPL 2021 saw the Mumbai Indians conjure a six-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings as Kieron Pollard’s 87 off 33 balls scripted an improbable victory, chasing 219. The defending champions crossed the line in the final delivery when they needed two runs. However, Dhawal Kulkarni, who stood at the non-striker’s end, left the crease too early and was outside it before Lungi Ngidi delivered the ball.
The South African speedster seemed to have unnoticed it and bowled it. Kieron Pollard, who was on strike, nudged it to mid-wicket and the batsmen completed the required runs comfortably. Initially, Brad Hogg took to his official Twitter handle and pointed out the batter at the non-striker’s end backing up too far and questioned whether it comes in the spirit of the game.
Tabraiz Shamsi replied that the bowlers should keep on mankading until the batsmen learn to stay behind the crease. The left-arm wrist-spinner also asserted that if he, as a batsman, commits the same mistake by stealing a few yards, the bowlers should give him a similar treatment.
Below is Tabraiz Shamsi’s reply to Brad Hogg’s post:
Mankad. . .mankad and keep on mankadding until batsmen learn to stay behind the line just like bowlers have to keep their foot behind the line while bowling
And if in the heat of the moment, somewhere down the line if I end up STEALING a few yards as a non striker MANKAD ME TOO! https://t.co/LDt7gcpzRe
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) May 2, 2021