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Sports Ethics – Mankading

GS Paper 4

Syllabus: Ethics and Human Interface


Source: Indian Express

 Context: Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma ran out England’s Charlie Dean standing outside the crease at the non-striker’s end at Lord’s, giving India a 3-0 ODI series sweep but triggering outrage that has traditionally accompanied incidents of “Mankading” in the sport.


What is Mankading?

The term comes from the name of the legendary former Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad. In 1947, when India was playing a series in Australia, Mankad dismissed opposition batsman Bill Brown twice by taking off the bails at the non-striker’s end before releasing the ball.


Ethical – Unethical Debate:

Ethical   Unethical
The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the non-striker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered.

By backing up too far or too early, the non-striker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage.

It has been allegedly called as violating the “spirit of cricket”.


Laws on Mankading:

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the custodian of the Laws of Cricket, accepted Mankading as a normal mode of running out the non-striker, removing it from Law 41 (Unfair play) and clubbing it with Law 38 (Run out).

There have been several instances in men’s Test matches and ODI cricket. The most talked-about recent incident happened during the 2019 IPL when Ravichandran Ashwin ran out Jos Buttler in a game between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.