Mankading in cricket has touched another level in the past couple of years. The bowlers have dismissed batsmen standing on the non-striker end on numerous occasions using the controversial rule. Now, another instance has come into the limelight from the Sheffield Shield game between Queensland and New South Wales. National teammates Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne were involved in an epic exchange during the game.
New South Wales won the toss and elected to field. But, they didn’t get off the mark well in the first session. But, Sean Abbott helped his side in making a good comeback in the 2nd. He grabbed 2 wickets and brought his side back in the game. Meanwhile, an instance happened when Mitchell Starc was bowling.
Mitchell Starc vs Marnus Labuschagne In Sheffield Shield Match
In the clip, it is clearly visible that Labuschagne is out of his crease and Starc had the opportunity to dismiss his national teammate. But, instead of that, he warned the batter standing at the non-strike end.
The Aussie bowler while bowling a delivery pulled himself out of run-up. At that time, Labuschagne looked a bit out of his crease. And Starc gave him a warning instead of mankading. The Mankad rule states that the bowler can run a non-striker batsman out before bowling a delivery. Earlier, many former players have said that a bowler should give a warning to the batter before running him out in such a controversial fashion.
However, Indian player R Ashwin, who dismissed Jos Buttler in the same fashion back in IPL 2020, feels that giving a warning to the batsman is pointless. If there is a rule then that should be followed in any and every scenario.
Earlier, Starc was involved in a similar kind of instance back in the ODI series against England. At that time, he gave a strict warning to Adil Rashid in that game.