The controversy regarding run out at the non-striker's end for leaving the crease before the bowler's release was again witnessed in the third T20I between Australia and England on Friday (October 14). Australian pacer Mitchell Starc warned English skipper Jos Buttler to be behind the popping crease, while he delivers the ball. The incident happened in the fifth over of England’s innings, with the left-arm pacer bowling to Dawid Malan.
Although Starc successfully delivered the ball, which ended as a dot, he immediately urged Buttler to shy away from leaving the crease in the future. With the viral video doing rounds, Starc had a brief chat with Buttler, and reckoned, he isn’t going to dismiss him through a "mankad", but should refrain from marching towards the opposite end before the ball leaves the hand of the bowler. The keeper-batter then replied he was not well behind the line.
Earlier, Buttler has been dismissed twice in his career through a Mankad dismissal. The first occasion was Sri Lanka’s spinner Sachithra Senanayake sending him back to the hut in the 2014 ODI, while the latest one was against Ravichandran Ashwin in IPL 2019.
The dismissal has gained traction after India Women's team sealed a clean sweep in the ODI series against England last month after Deepti Sharma ran out Charlie Dean at Lord's in the third ODI. In response, Buttler said, he would never do it in a game and termed it as a battle between bat and ball.
After the third T20I was washed out due to rain, Australian captain Aaron Finch opined that it is fair, after the batters have been given a warning for leaving the bowling end early. However, the 35-year-old admitted that he is not much of a fan of this mode of dismissal.