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After close to 22 years, Sachithra Senanayake successfully pulled off a ‘Mankading’ attempt in an international match when he ran out England batsman Jos Buttler in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) on June 2, 2014. It was the eighth instance in international cricket and tenth overall.
The history of ‘Mankading’ can be traced back to the Sydney Test in 1947-48 when Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad ran out Bill Brown after warning that he was talking an extra start before the ball was bowled. There has been a great debated that such dismissal is against the spirit of cricket. However, time and again, the legitimate cricket rules have prevailed whenever the teams have wanted it to be.
While these are only eight instances, there have been many times where teams have avoided such a situation with the most famous being Courtney Walsh not ‘Mankading’ Saleem Jaffer in the 1987 World Cup and the West indies went on to lose that match. Recently in 2012, Ravichandran Ashwin had ‘Mankaded’ Lahiru Thirimanne but Indian captain Virender Sehwag withdrew the appeal.
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