The talk of the town in the past 24 hours has been the mankading incident during the IPL 2019 in the match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday. Ravichandran Ashwin was in the thick of things after running out Jos Buttler at the non-striker’s end.
Since then there has been a widespread debate on wether what he did was an act of unsportsmanlike. Now IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla has also voiced his opinions. He has come out and said that it had been decided in one of the meetings, between the Royal Challengers Bangalore‘ captain Virat Kohli and Chennai Super Kings‘ and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, that the non-striking batsman will not be run out of respect for the sport in such cases.
The IPL chairman took to his social media account to verify his claims.
“If I remember in one of the meetings of captains & match referee where I was also present as chairman it had been decided that if non striking batsman steps out bowler as a courtesy will not run him out @IPL @BCCI,” Rajeev Shukla had tweeted on his twitter account. He also added,- “Most probably this meeting was in Kolkata on the eve of one of the editions of IPL where Dhoni and Virat both were present @BCCI @IPL.”
Despite being perfectly legal and well within the limitations of the rule-book, it is widely looked down upon, much like the under-arm serve in tennis. However, this tweet by the IPL chairman shows that Ashwin did not abide by Kohli and Dhoni’s decisions, and that he did make his own mind up regarding the situation. However, the widespread debate on the incident is uncalled for as the rule is perfectly within the rule-books and although it is looked down upon by most of the players, the batsman has to be aware and ready of the possibility of mankading.