Former India spin bowler Murali Kartik, who “Mankaded” several batsmen over his career, has wholeheartedly thrown his weight behind R Ashwin’s decision to do so to dismiss Jos Buttler while playing for Kings XI Punjab against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Monday night. Calling the spirit of cricket a “thing of convenience”, Karthik posted a series of tweets arguing that Buttler’s was just another “mode of dismissal” and that a bowler is well within his rights to do so without any prior warning to the batsman.
During his playing days, Karthik had courted controversy with the Mankading dismissal in County Cricket while playing for Surrey (against Somerset in 2012) and in the Ranji Trophy against Bengal (2013). Ashwin too has been previously involved in similar situations before when he had Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne out for backing up too far, before then skipper Virender Sehwag had withdrawn the appeal.
Three years ago, when West Indies bowler Keemo Paul mankaded Zimbabwe’s Richard Ngarava to help his team through to the quarter-finals in the ICC U-19 World Cup, Karthik had been vehement in his support of the move, in fact lauding the West Indies boys for their “game awareness” in a high pressure situation. In response to angry retorts about the “spirit of cricket”, Karthik insisted that until this mode of dismissal is in the rule book, there is no reason for it to be frowned upon.
Surprising to see its only the English people crying foul.. MCC IS IN YOUR COUNTRY.. Go change it.. Batsman warned or not warned David are not supposed to leave the crease.. Don’t vindicate STEALING as that’s what it is plain and simple.. Keep crying till the cows come home https://t.co/OD6u7WRiYZ — Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) March 25, 2019
Am not worried whether ur a fan or cease to be one but there is a rule it’s followed by all.. Leaving the crease is not done, spirit of cricket or no cricket https://t.co/qcxW94CUo8 — Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) March 25, 2019
Ask him that.. I would do that to anyone who leaves the crease whoever he may be. Infact had a run in with Nigel long at ranchi as I warned kallis 3 times https://t.co/A9G8xrIRjr— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) March 25, 2019
I support every bowler who does it.Whether that bowler is English or from the Arctic,since every1 is justifying the non striker,might as well they stand at the half way mark of the pitch before the ball is released,can’t ratify wrong just coz batsmen hav been doing it 4 too long https://t.co/uZC6DjuYMO— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) March 26, 2019