The runout at the non-striker’s end by the bowler or ‘Mankad’ has been one of the most controversial aspects of cricket. Every now and then, we are given a new incident where a dismissal like this takes place and divides fans on social media. Now adding another name to the list, European Cricket League has brought out a hilarious moment which is making the rounds on the internet.
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The incident took place during a game between the Cyprus Moufflons CC and Punjab Lions Nicosia where the non-striker was seemingly in a lot of hurry to change the strike. The batter on the bowler’s end was seen rushing out of the crease far before the bowler completed his action. But unlike players today, the bowler didn’t attempt the runout even after the batter was nearly halfway down the pitch.
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Before this moment from the European Cricket League, a huge controversy was created when Australian leggie Adam Zampa ran out Tom Rogers at the non-strikers in the Big Bash League. The dismissal was overturned to not out as the bowler's hand had crossed the point of release.
Days after the incident, Harsh Mankad, grandson of the former India player Vinoo Mankad after whom the runout is colloquially named, addressed the controversy. While talking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Harsh stated that the Mankad family is fine with their association with the incident unlike many opinions talking about how the word was used with a derogatory connotation.
He said, “Personally, I’m always delighted to see my grandfather being remembered. I feel it to be a great honour for our name to be associated with a cricketing term. I’d love to see the “Mankad” or “Mankading” stay and keep alive his memories and legacy as a great competitor and sportsman deeply respected and admired by everyone I’ve met and those who knew him and experienced life with him.”
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