Going by the books of cricket, it’s a legitimate manner of dismissal. It has been so for very long. But very few people knew about it until recently. However, it took just one ball in IPL 2019
— and the social media storm that followed — to acquaint the entire world about ‘Mankading’. Rajasthan Royals
wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler
was left stunned when he was dismissed — Mankaded, really — at the non-striking end by Kings XI Punjab
skipper Ravichandran Ashwin. This incident created quite a stir and divided the cricketing fraternity in favour of and against the way of dismissal, also leading to the ‘spirit of the game’ debate.
Even as custodians of cricket laws, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), said Ashwin was under no obligation to warn Jos Buttler
before 'Mankading' him, many thought his actions violated the spirit of the game.
Hardik Pandya’s remarks on Koffee with Karan
and KL Rahul courted an unnecessary controversy with their remarks on the TV show Koffee with Karan. While Rahul chose his words carefully, Pandya was seen bragging unabashedly about his relationships with multiple women. Pandya apologised for his comments later, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put both cricketers under provisional suspension and asked them to return home from the ongoing Australia series. Indian cricket veterans like Sunil Gavaskar and Harbhajan Singh also slammed the duo for their unauthorised appearance on the show and their controversial remarks.
There were claims that Australia’s Adam Zampa
tampered with the ball during the second match of the ICC cricket World Cup 2019
against India. In videos that later went viral on social media, Zampa was seen putting his hand in his left pocket before shinning the ball. His team, however, clarified that Zampa used a hand warmer, as he had often done before during the Australia’s domestic Big Bash League. There was no official investigation against Zampa and umpires did not raise any concerns.
However, the Windies cricket team’s Nicholas Pooran, against whom similar allegations were made in November 2019, was not as lucky. He was charged with tampering the ball during his team’s third ODI against Afghanistan and, after pleading guilty, banned for four T20I matches.
Prithvi Shaw’s suspension for ‘doping’
Young India cricket team
opening batsman Prithvi Shaw
was handed a backdated suspension of eight months for a doping
violation in the 2018-19 domestic season. The right-handed batsman was said to have inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, found commonly in cough syrups. Shaw provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping
testing programme during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on February 22 in Indore. He served a ban and made a comeback only in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy against Assam on November 15.