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Ashwin warned Thirimanne before 'Mankading' - Sehwag

Sidharth Monga at the Gabba

February 21, 2012

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Virender Sehwag has said R Ashwin had warned Lahiru Thirimanne before running him out for backing up too much before the ball was bowled. In the 40th over of the Sri Lanka innings, Ashwin ran the non-striker Thirimanne out, a dismissal that is called - perhaps uncharitably to the former India allrounder - Mankading.

The umpires asked India if they wanted to reconsider the appeal and Sehwag, captaining in the absence of MS Dhoni, withdrew the appeal. It was withdrawn, Sehwag said, "because if we appealed and umpire gave him out, then somebody will criticise that, you know, that was not spirit of the game". Sehwag was asked if it was not soft to let the batsman off even after the warning. "It's soft, but that's the way we are," he said.

Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, said he was not aware of the warning. When told what Sehwag had to say about Ashwin's warning in the previous over, Jayawardene said the warning should have been official. "I don't know," Jayawardene said. "Then it's… he should warn him through the umpires. You need to ask the umpires if he was warned."

The warning, to be fair to Jayawardene, was not a conspicuous one. It wasn't spotted on TV, nor did Ashwin pull out of a delivery before the actual taking off the bails. However, to be fair to Sehwag and Ashwin, this need not be the kind of official warning that umpires make to bowlers for running onto the danger area. So it is possible that Ashwin had indeed warned Thirimanne beforehand, but that was not spotted by those watching.

However, this only makes it more curious as to why India withdrew the appeal. "Everybody was discussing it, but the umpires called me and I said, 'We can give him one more warning but if he does it again we will [run him out] because that's the ICC rule'," Sehwag said. "If somebody is taking an early start, then the bowlers have the full right to run him out."

The ICC had become more strict in this ruling last year - allowing bowlers to "Mankad" somebody any time before releasing the ball as opposed to the earlier rule where you had to do it before entering your delivery stride - to keep the batsmen from gaining unfair advantage. It even falls under Law 42, which deals with fair and unfair play. Sehwag, though, had no problem with the umpires consulting between themselves and asking the captain to reconsider the appeal, despite the law being clear on it.

"I think he [Paul Reiffel, the umpire] went to Billy Bowden. Billy Bowden is the senior umpire, and he asked him, and they discussed, and they called me, and they said, 'It's your call now. If you appeal, we can give him out'. So I took the decision that okay, we can give him one more warning."

There were suggestions that it was Sachin Tendulkar who persuaded Sehwag to withdraw the appeal, but Sehwag said it was his own decision. Either way, Jayawardene said he wouldn't have even appealed. "I don't play like that," he said.

However, Jayawardene admitted that Thirimanne was at fault. "The rules have changed, I know, to try to make sure there is no advantage given to the batsman," Jayawardene said. "I probably felt there was a little bit of fault in our guy as well in trying to do that, to be honest. But I mean, end of the day, spirit of the game was the winner."

Sticking with the popular opinion, Jayawardene said that it was "nice and clean" to not run a batsman out who is technically indulging in unfair play. "I wouldn't have got the bails off in the first place, to be honest," he said. "Try and keep it nice and clean, and tell the umpires to try and keep an eye on the guy. But if he still keeps doing it regularly, and if he is taking advantage, yes then, but I think they did the right thing in the middle. The seniors got together. Like I said, let's move on."

Thirimanne, though, kept backing up too far even after the let-off. He was careful with Ashwin, but with Vinay Kumar and Irfan Pathan, he kept taking the liberty. Why didn't those bowlers try something similar? "Because they were not aware," Sehwag said. "You have to be aware. Ashwin was aware, and I was aware when I was bowling. You have to be aware when the non-striker is taking a start."

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by bMike on (February 23, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

If Indian bowlers are not capable of getting opposition's batsmen out without Mankading then Indian bowlers should have more concentrated on getting non strikers out without withdrawing appeals. Probably they can place a fielder close to the non strikers wicket & this way they may have a chance to get into finals

Posted by spinkingKK on (February 23, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

@Valavan, for the record, India has a record of 8-2 head to head with Srilanka outside subcontinent. There is no need to explain further on who is superior outside the subcontinent. India has been termed as bad tourist only because they don't replicate their superiority that much well. But, it is still far superior to SriLanka and Pakisthan. A 5-ball over was unfair to India and India would have won that match if there was an extra ball. Maybe you guys are over the moon, because you guys are finding a win very hard to comeby these days. It is unfortunate that the news of a rift in the Indian team is coming out. Otherwise, I was awaiting a big thrashing at the hands of the Indians for you guys. Just be happy that you are in contention to make the final this time and with the politics in the Indian team, you guys might just make it. But, India did play well when it really mattered in the World cup final.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

no one should use this Mankading method... it's really a CHEAP way of getting someone out...

Posted by Precioustar84 on (February 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

dsig3 said it correctly. India may have let things go in spirit of the game but other teams will not be so kind. This was never an excuse to their loss so its funny to see some SL fans jump to conclusions as usual. How are people so sure that if Thirimanne had been given out, they would've scored above 225, 250, 275 or another wicket would NOT have fallen? Two NEW UNSET batsmen would've entered at that point, & anything is possible in cricket so its silly to make assumptions from both set of fans. Thirimanne was out of his crease at least 4 times after this Ashwin incident but Thirimanne isn't playing school cricket so Aus don't have to let it go. SL played well & they won but SL lost by 5 runs to Oz before so 15 runs or 51 runs, all runs matter at the end of the day!!

Posted by GSP17 on (February 23, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

@sarathiRatnayake, You should feel shame for your batsman not Ashwin... After even giving life to Thirimane still he continued the mistake (fraud).. You people expecting spirit of the game only from bowlers not ur batsman???? Shame on you Guys..

Posted by Mahaanama on (February 22, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

No doubt Thirimanne is a talented young batsman but he could have lost his place in SL squad if he didn't perform well in this match. So why these mighty(according to them) Indians are crying so much about a runout of a player who is yet to play 10 ODIs? I think it shows how good Indian cricket is.

Posted by Valavan on (February 22, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

SEHWAG WITHDREW THE APPEAL TO HAVE AN EXCUSE IF THE MATCH IS LOST. NOW YOU SEE ALL INDIAN FANS GIVING THAT AS A REASON WHY SL WON IT, ITS REALLY HILARIOUS, INDIA TIED THE GAME DUE TO FIVE BALL OVER, INDIA LOST THIS GAME DUE TO THIS WITHDRAWN APPEAL, WAKE UP GUYS, DONT YOU SEE THE TRUTH, YOUR TEAM'S WEAKNESSES ARE EXPLOITED BY OTHER TEAMS WHEN YOU BOARD THE PLANE OUT OF SUBCONTINENT.WHAT ELSE YOU NEED 100% ERROR FREE DRS, 100% ACCURATE UMPIRES, EXCUSE AFTER EXCUSE, ITS A GENTLEMEN'S GAME, BE GENTLE AND ACCEPT YOUR DEFEAT GRACEFULLY. CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH.

Posted by Santhush-Perera on (February 22, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

How sensational....It seems Mr. Monga is an "expert" in SELECTIVE-BLOATING (out of proportionally) INSIGNIFICANT miss-happenings in matches involving India, which really has no effect in the end-result.! As anyone can see, this is a FUTILE effort to DIFFUSE the visible failures of "glossy" Indians and to distract attention from the much more serious RESULT-ALTERING issues, as happened in previous ODI against SL at Adelaide.! "Matter of fact about five-ball over" is another typical example for this...everyone knows, if the DRS was in place, what would have happened to Gambhir and the 'enforced' TIE..! "India let Thirimanne off the hook" so what..? Even if Thirimanne was given out at that stage (at 43) that could have only reduced the 19runs added to his score from then ...and the winning margin from 51 to 39 runs (assuming all other batsmen to follow scored nothing during the remaining overs)...so what significance it has to the end-result.? How could India find those 39 runs to win?

Posted by mark2011 on (February 22, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

In cricket all types of controversy happends when INDIA is playing: 5 ball over, third umpire give out (prssd wrong button) and then calling back batsmen as not out, in Eng tour again ran out batsman and calling back, and here Ashwin bails off non striker on backing up...who really having problem with spirit of the game ? surely it is INDIA.. everytime they lost .. they make something else to point out ... and say because of this and that we lost.. otherwise we would/could have won the match!!.. damn... INDIANs will find billions of reason for one match lost instead of admitting their mistakes/bad play.. you people never gets straight like waging dogs tail. Who saw Thiimanne was given the warning!! NO body seen and non of the TV pictures show it. That is why Shewag did not appeal. It is dirt Ashwin did a bad act to create problem.Shewag and Sachin did the good thing though it is unfoirtunate that Indian fans are not able to appreciate thier own players when such good thing is done.

Posted by Santhush-Perera on (February 22, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

In addition to the previous post just sent...Mr. Monga why don't you waste the valuable resources on "good-for-nothing" hilarious headlines and columns.??? I think it would be better to focus on more productive things for India and interesting for general Cricinfo subscribers, who are not fools ! There are so many constructive things and productive ways that you may suggest India to rectify their current problems, rather than trying to find a self-soothing scapegoat to vent emotions.!

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