Mankading a batsman is considered as a controversial mode of dismissal. It popularized and was named after Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, who ran out Bill Brown at nob-striker end on a tour of Australia. It is often seen as unsportsmanlike behaviour from bowlers, because it involves running out the batsman at nob-striker end, who tries to gain an advantage by straying out of his crease.
Recently, during 2019 season the Indian Premier League , there was an instance of the same, when Kings XI Punjab captain and star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin ran out Rajasthan Royals’ batsman Jos Buttler. Ashwin was badly criticized for this eventand trolled on various Social Media platforms.
A similar incident took place in the 19th match of the ninth season of BBL betweenSydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars, as Thunder’s Chris Morris tried to emulate Ashwin.
Yesterday, on January 2, Sydney Thunder faced off against Melbourne Stars and Thunder’s bowler Chris Morris tried a mock mankad on Stars’ Marcus Stoinis at the non-striker end. As the fast bowler ran to bowl, he lost grip of the ball, and the ball lost its way towards the mid-off fielder. Stoinis was not aware about all this, and Chris Morris mockingly mankaded him.
Marcus was amazed for a moment but soon he realised what had happened and replied with a smile. Morris had done a same act in the 2019 World Cup too when he warned Indian opener, Rohit Sharma, with a mocked Mankad.
BBL Twitter handle shared the video of Morris’ hilarious mock mankad with the caption, “The attempted-no-ball-mankad-fake… Chris Morris has that move perfected! #BBL09”
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 2, 2020
In the mean time, Sydney Thunder put a total of 142 runs on lose of 7 wickets batting-first in the match in their quota of 20 overs. Only Alex Ross and wicket keeper Matthew Gilles could contribute to the total. They contributed 40 and 28 runs respectively. The pick of the bowlers was Haris Gauf and Star’s skipper Glenn Maxwell. They picked up 3 and 2 wickets conceding 24 and 17 runs respectively. While Melbourne Stars chased down the target with two balls to spare with the contribution from Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin of 58 and 65 runs respectively. Wickets fell for Stars at one end but in the end they won the match. Daniel Smas picked 3 wickets for just 25 runs but couldn’t save the match for his team.