News Flash

‘To hell with the spirit of the game,’ says Hardik Pandya on Mankading debate

One of the most contentious disputes in recent times has been on the legalization of running out a batter at the non-end, striker’s and allrounder Hardik Pandya has weighed in.

In a recent podcast, Hardik jumped on the bandwagon, claiming that he’s all in for the formerly named ‘Mankad run-out’ and wouldn’t mind losing his wicket in this manner.

Following the recent reawakening of the debate when Deepti Sharma ran out a batter to win a game against England, some of the current crops of players flocked to Twitter to allege it was unethical and uncalled for.

R Ashwin lauded and defended her, but the bulk of the English players were not pleased with what she did. It was recently made permissible for bowlers to run a batter out while on delivery stride if they were backing up too far.
Netizens and former players felt it was against the spirit of cricket, but Hardik had a difference of opinion.

Hardik is indifferent about non-striker run-outs.

Hardik says it has no negative impact on the spirit of the game. He appears unconcerned about the recent rule change.

“We need to stop making a fuss about this. It’s a rule – [as] simple as that,” Hardik said. “To hell with the spirit of the game. If it’s there, [then] remove the rule – as simple as that. The ones who have a problem, good for them; it’s fine.

“Personally, I have no problem. If I am walking out [of the crease], and someone runs me out – fair enough. It’s my mistake, not the bowler’s. He is taking the rules to his advantage – [as] simple as that. That’ll not make a big deal.”

The five-time IPL champion has his own opinions and isn’t afraid to express them.

Nitish - 185 Posts

"Somewhere Shakespeare is spinning in his grave."

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button