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  • Writer's pictureAdil Malia


'Mankadising' - The Cricketing Hamlet Moment Cricketer Ashwin senses Buttler was backing too far. He saw an opportunity. He remembered his rules. He paused. Removed the bail from non-strikers end. On-field umpire checks the big Screen. Buttler indeed had backed-up too far even before the ball was played.Umpire thus declares Buttler 'OUT' at 69. The sight of Ashwin doing a 'Mankad' raised a storm in the tea cup. Legendary Vinoo Mankad set the 41.16 rule 69 years ago. Every cricketer knows it. (rubber-ball gulli cricketers like me, know it). Except Buttler. Australia has no gulli-cricket. The Supreme Court of Social Media was raging a furore. Imagine. Iconic cry-baby Australians called it disgraceful. They replayed the replay. Microscoped it.. saw some pause during which Ashwin waited for Buttler to move out of the crease before removing the bails. They unilaterally concluded. Ashwin had no intention to throw the ball ! What if much later some committee concluded that Ashwin knew of Buttler's over-running but was paid to overlook it ??? To Mankadise or not to Mankadise is now the question ? Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or take up arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them.... !!! 

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