During the 46th over of the 2nd ODI match between Bangladesh and New Zealand, a bizarre and heated incident occurred that brought back the age-old debate of running out batters at the non-striker’s end.
Bangladesh bowler Hasan Mahmud decided to remove the bails at the non-striker’s end before delivering the ball when he noticed New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi had backed up too far. This move led to an immediate appeal, and the on-field umpire, Marais Erasmus, consulted the third umpire who ruled Sodhi out as he was out of the crease.
This mode of dismissal, known as ‘Mankading,’ has been a topic of controversy and debate in cricket for years. Notably, Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin used this tactic during an IPL match several years ago, sparking a significant backlash. However, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) officially included it in cricket laws last year.
Interestingly, while Ashwin received backlash for his actions, the New Zealand team didn’t support Mahmud’s dismissal of Ish Sodhi. As Sodhi was walking back to the pavilion, he sarcastically applauded Mahmud’s move. However, Bangladesh skipper Litton Das intervened and called Sodhi back, retracting the appeal.
In the end, New Zealand was bowled out for 254 with four balls remaining in their innings.
This incident added another chapter to the ongoing debate about the ethics and sportsmanship of ‘Mankading’ in cricket. It’s a contentious issue that divides fans and players, and its legitimacy in the game continues to be a topic of discussion.
The ODI series between Bangladesh and New Zealand is the final bilateral action for both teams before they participate in the upcoming ODI World Cup, which is set to commence soon in India. Notably, Bangladesh is one of the few teams yet to announce their 15-member squad for the World Cup.
The controversial ‘Mankading’ incident will undoubtedly keep the cricketing world talking and debating the appropriateness of this mode of dismissal.