India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 3rd day March 16, 2013

Dhawan 'Mankaded' before dream debut

Plays of the Day from the third day of the third Test between Australia and India
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'Accidental Mankad' of the day
Everyone who witnessed Shikhar Dhawan's Test debut will remember it for his exquisite strokeplay. It could have been memorable for all the wrong reasons. As Mitchell Starc ran in to bowl the first ball of the innings, Dhawan stood at the non-striker's end, ready to back up. But the ball slipped from Starc's hand as he neared the crease and hit the stumps with Dhawan out of his ground, already backing up. Under the ICC's playing conditions, because Starc had not yet completed his normal delivery swing, Dhawan would have been run out had Australia appealed. But there was no diamond duck on debut for Dhawan as Australia were not interested in appealing, although Michael Clarke jokingly signalled for a replay.

Despite all the excitement, it is highly debatable if Dhawan would have been given out even if Australia had appealed. The ball slipped out of Starc's hand, which means no attempt was made to mankad Dhawan. The wording of law 42.15 under the ICC playing conditions is open to interpretation, but some umpires are of the view that an attempt at mankading has to be intentional. We might never know how the umpires would have reacted had an appeal been made in this case.*

Lower-order shot of the day
Mitchell Starc played some excellent strokes on his way to 99 but the shot that signalled his intentions was his first boundary of the day. The ninth ball of the morning was a bouncer that Ishant Sharma hoped might get the lower-order batsman second-guessing himself. Instead, Starc simply stayed on the front foot and hooked the ball from in front of his face away to the midwicket boundary. It was the shot of a confident man.

Top-order shot of the day
How to choose? Dhawan hardly played a stroke that wasn't magnificent. There were backfoot square drives, crisp frontfoot drives, flicks through leg, sweeps - and his placement was impeccable. But for sheer unexpectedness on debut, Dhawan's reverse-paddle against Xavier Doherty takes the honour. Dhawan picked a fullish ball that was just outside off stump and reverse-swept it very fine past Brad Haddin. The ball ran away along the ground for four, and it was part of an over that cost Doherty 18 runs.

Predictable spell of the day
Steven Smith played his first Test as Australia's specialist spinner but has switched his focus firmly to his batting in the last couple of years, so much so that this Sheffield Shield season, he has sent down only 15 overs. When Australia had a net set up on the pitch for centre-wicket practice after the Hyderabad Test, Smith was handled with ease by the otherwise struggling Phillip Hughes. But as Dhawan and M Vijay kept piling up the runs against Australia's five main bowlers, it was inevitable that Smith would eventually be given a trundle. His three-over spell was littered with full tosses and rank long hops and he was lucky to escape with only 24 runs having come off his 18 balls.

* 6.48pm GMT, March 16: The copy has been updated after reviewing the laws of the game.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Nampally on March 16, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Excuse me Brydon, I presume Starc's ball that slipped out of his hand was called a "Dead Ball". If it was a dead ball how can the batsman be given out? Mankading is when the bowler is in the act of delivering the ball & removes the bails -"intentionally"- when the runner backs up too far. Also in Mankading the ball cannot be a "dead ball" because the bowler has not gone thru' his motion of delivering it. Starc was already delivering the ball when it slipped out - "unintentionally". I don't want to put a damper on the Media excitment but I think it was not a case of "Mankading". I would have been shocked if Dhawan was given "RUN OUT" on a "dead ball". The report clearly says that the first ball of the innings was delivered next - i.e., the Umpire called that a dead ball.

  • Harlequin. on March 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @trumpoz - agreed, and the way clarke joked about the replay proves your point. I love the fact cricket still has these gentlemans agreements: 'don't take the mickey when you're backing up and I won't break up play by trying to run you out.' Thats why it always seems like a dirty tactic, because it's breaking a gentlemans agreement.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 17, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    @trumpoz, batsmen have no business to take unfair advantage and expect not to get Mankaded. I'll Mankad them everytime if they unsportingly venture out of their crease. How is it sporting of them that they reach the other end a second earlier than what they should really be taking, is something that I'll never understand. If what you said is the Aussie stand, then they should get a crash course in sportsmanship. You don't reward a batsman for his unsporting behaviour. Simple! And venturing out of his crease is downright unsportsmanly.

  • trumpoz on March 17, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    I find it almost laughable that people are talking about not appealing for mankad as a sporting gesture from Clarke. There are a large majority of Australian cricket fans that view mankad as a dirty (although legal) form of dismissal. I think it is a disgraceful dismissal method. I reckon if Clarke or any other Australian cricketer appealed for that dismissal the media back here in Oz would be calling for their heads. I have never seen an Australian attempt a mankad and never want to.

    Anyways - well done to Shikhar Dhawan on destroying the Aussie attack on debut.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on March 17, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Their no issues here, no problem at all. Cricket was played as usaul...Do not give credit to Clarke or Aussie players..Good they did not appeal..it would have been backfired and people would be asking questions to them right now..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 17, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Sorry Brydon, I just saw what Sharda had to say in her article. I apologise to you. I think the appeal wouldn't have been upheld because there was no attempt by the bowler to run him out. The rule seems to say that it has to be an attempt. In this case it was a slip. So, it is reasonable to conclude that the appeal wouldn't have been upheld. Sorry for my ignorant comments.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 17, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    @wolf777, yes I disagree with Brydon's interpretation that Mankading appeal was on in this incident. Dhawan's debut century is not due to Clarke's decision to not to appeal. The premise of the article renders itself to the conclusion that Dhawan could be back in the pavilion had Clarke appealed. That's a factual error which is begging to be clarified unequivocally because the appeal wouldn't have been upheld, had Clarke appealed. The bowler was well into his stride and Mankading option ceases to exist from that point forward. Next, not appealing for a notout is not a sporty gesture unlike what you are saying about Clarke not appealing for this incident. Clarke is indeed a great bloke who can bridge gaps between teams, fans and countries. It's a pleasure to have him and his troops here as our Guests. Vaughn is probably the most repulsive bloke around suggesting Vaseline and stuff like that against VVS. I would appeal for everything against him. Praise Dada.

  • Drew2 on March 16, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    I realised that some people don't wish to afford Clarke a "sporty jesture", but he did. It is definitely possible for that decision to be given out, and it is virtually impossible that the Australians would even consider appealing in those circumstances.

  • wolf777 on March 16, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas rule could be debatable here as I see that you disagree with Byron's interpretation. However, Michael Clarke was still a very much a gentleman in not even considering appealing…and one must appreciate a nice gesture regardless. Compare this to Michael Vaughn 'Handle the ball' in Bangalore. Even though Vaughn was at fault by touching the ball, the ball was not rolling onto the stump. I am an Indian supporter; but, I didn't find that very sporting gesture from Sourav Ganguly who could have withdrawn the tame appeal from then newcomers Sehwag and Sarndeep Singh. Of course it was a very sporting gesture by Dhoni in Bell incident.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 16, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @wolf777, sporty gesture is when you allow a batsman to continue even though he is out as per rules (like Bell in England being allowed by Dhoni to continue though Bell was out as per rules). As per Mankading rules, Dhawan can't be given out as the bowler was already in his delivery stride.

  • Nampally on March 16, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Excuse me Brydon, I presume Starc's ball that slipped out of his hand was called a "Dead Ball". If it was a dead ball how can the batsman be given out? Mankading is when the bowler is in the act of delivering the ball & removes the bails -"intentionally"- when the runner backs up too far. Also in Mankading the ball cannot be a "dead ball" because the bowler has not gone thru' his motion of delivering it. Starc was already delivering the ball when it slipped out - "unintentionally". I don't want to put a damper on the Media excitment but I think it was not a case of "Mankading". I would have been shocked if Dhawan was given "RUN OUT" on a "dead ball". The report clearly says that the first ball of the innings was delivered next - i.e., the Umpire called that a dead ball.

  • Harlequin. on March 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @trumpoz - agreed, and the way clarke joked about the replay proves your point. I love the fact cricket still has these gentlemans agreements: 'don't take the mickey when you're backing up and I won't break up play by trying to run you out.' Thats why it always seems like a dirty tactic, because it's breaking a gentlemans agreement.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 17, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    @trumpoz, batsmen have no business to take unfair advantage and expect not to get Mankaded. I'll Mankad them everytime if they unsportingly venture out of their crease. How is it sporting of them that they reach the other end a second earlier than what they should really be taking, is something that I'll never understand. If what you said is the Aussie stand, then they should get a crash course in sportsmanship. You don't reward a batsman for his unsporting behaviour. Simple! And venturing out of his crease is downright unsportsmanly.

  • trumpoz on March 17, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    I find it almost laughable that people are talking about not appealing for mankad as a sporting gesture from Clarke. There are a large majority of Australian cricket fans that view mankad as a dirty (although legal) form of dismissal. I think it is a disgraceful dismissal method. I reckon if Clarke or any other Australian cricketer appealed for that dismissal the media back here in Oz would be calling for their heads. I have never seen an Australian attempt a mankad and never want to.

    Anyways - well done to Shikhar Dhawan on destroying the Aussie attack on debut.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on March 17, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Their no issues here, no problem at all. Cricket was played as usaul...Do not give credit to Clarke or Aussie players..Good they did not appeal..it would have been backfired and people would be asking questions to them right now..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 17, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Sorry Brydon, I just saw what Sharda had to say in her article. I apologise to you. I think the appeal wouldn't have been upheld because there was no attempt by the bowler to run him out. The rule seems to say that it has to be an attempt. In this case it was a slip. So, it is reasonable to conclude that the appeal wouldn't have been upheld. Sorry for my ignorant comments.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 17, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    @wolf777, yes I disagree with Brydon's interpretation that Mankading appeal was on in this incident. Dhawan's debut century is not due to Clarke's decision to not to appeal. The premise of the article renders itself to the conclusion that Dhawan could be back in the pavilion had Clarke appealed. That's a factual error which is begging to be clarified unequivocally because the appeal wouldn't have been upheld, had Clarke appealed. The bowler was well into his stride and Mankading option ceases to exist from that point forward. Next, not appealing for a notout is not a sporty gesture unlike what you are saying about Clarke not appealing for this incident. Clarke is indeed a great bloke who can bridge gaps between teams, fans and countries. It's a pleasure to have him and his troops here as our Guests. Vaughn is probably the most repulsive bloke around suggesting Vaseline and stuff like that against VVS. I would appeal for everything against him. Praise Dada.

  • Drew2 on March 16, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    I realised that some people don't wish to afford Clarke a "sporty jesture", but he did. It is definitely possible for that decision to be given out, and it is virtually impossible that the Australians would even consider appealing in those circumstances.

  • wolf777 on March 16, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas rule could be debatable here as I see that you disagree with Byron's interpretation. However, Michael Clarke was still a very much a gentleman in not even considering appealing…and one must appreciate a nice gesture regardless. Compare this to Michael Vaughn 'Handle the ball' in Bangalore. Even though Vaughn was at fault by touching the ball, the ball was not rolling onto the stump. I am an Indian supporter; but, I didn't find that very sporting gesture from Sourav Ganguly who could have withdrawn the tame appeal from then newcomers Sehwag and Sarndeep Singh. Of course it was a very sporting gesture by Dhoni in Bell incident.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 16, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @wolf777, sporty gesture is when you allow a batsman to continue even though he is out as per rules (like Bell in England being allowed by Dhoni to continue though Bell was out as per rules). As per Mankading rules, Dhawan can't be given out as the bowler was already in his delivery stride.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    @Yogi108, there's no case for Mankading there - the bowler was already in his delivery stride. Mankading cannot be allowed at the point. If I know it, I think the players too know that as well as the umpires and the match-referee. Mankading itself looks controversial and if a team or captain appeals for it when it cannot be given out, they would look like bullies playing gully cricket.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 16, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Starc was in his delivery stride and so there was no case for Mankading there. Simple! Mankading cannot be done once the bowler enters his delivery stride. If Clarke appealed and then the umpires gave that out, then it would be clear that Clarke and Umpires don't know the rules. It's unforgivable. If a fan like me knows the rules, an international team's Captain and the Umpires, who are supposed to oversee the match proceedings, SHOULD know the rules.

  • wolf777 on March 16, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Vinoo Mankad was the best allrounder to play for India. Very similar player to Ravidra Jadeja and both are from Jamnagar. Anyway, it was a very sporty gesture from Michael Clarke.

  • hari.pes100 on March 16, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @sanrafa...err when has Rohit Sharma given a chance in tests. Check his stats in Ranji tournament. He is more suited to Tests than ODIs - a format in which he doesn't have good stats even in domestic scene. Also what were his scores in LOI cricket except that SL series. Let's see the ODI series after 2011 WC. vs WI '11 - Man of series,.. CB series AUS - had avg similar to Tendulkar and Raina after unnecessary pressure due to rotating system and waiting for 2 months on bench,.. Asia Cup '12 made 68 in his only chance against Pak. So before the recent Eng series, his only failure was against SL in 2012. So I think you need readjust your definition of failure if you think the above record doesn't justify a place in the team.

  • YogifromNY on March 16, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Kudos to Michael Clarke and the other Aussie players for not appealing when Dhawan was accidentally 'Mankaded' first ball.

  • Temuzin on March 16, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    And Tiwary is over rated his techniques against swing and bounce is very much suspect. His debut in Australia proved that. He is a good ramnji level player though and should be selected to play against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka when regulars are rested.

  • on March 16, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    brilliant inings. and real treat to watch. the dropping of sehwag /ghambir has worked wonder and new guys proving their worth.

  • Temuzin on March 16, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Posted by MAR00N5 on (March 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT) The Delhi duo of Gambhir-Sehwag should be replaced forever by a younger Delhi duo, Dhawan-Chand, across all formats. To make the batting lineup rock-solid, bring in Rohit or Rayudu or Tiwary in the middle-order, after Sachin's retirement.

    I agree with you except. I would like to keep Dhawan, Vijay and Chand as openers and rotate them. Sachin should be replaced with Rahane. Rohit Sharma should not be in the team to even carry drinks. He is a waste. We need two good fast bowlers though.

  • 30-30-150 on March 16, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    @sanrafa - Vijay is 29 and has a lot of deficiencies in his techinque although his shots are full of class. Those flaws will be exposed once he faces Steyn, Morkel, Philander etc on the SA tour. On the other hand, Chand is only 20 and it is the right time for him to learn the art of playing fast bowlers in swinging conditions. Even if Chand fails, he can learn from the mistakes and make corrections to his technique at this stage of his career. But you can't change your batting style at the age of 30! Vijay can, at most, play for 5-6 more years while Chand can play for at least 15 years. That's how I look at it. Regarding Rohit, he is more of a Test player but the selectors pick him for ODIs (despite a low List A average). If given a chance, I'm sure Rohit will prove his worth in Tests (especially on overseas tours).

  • Temuzin on March 16, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @sanrafa: Chand is an excellent opening batsman. He is a big match player and deserves a place as a reserve( third opener) for SA tour.

  • ram5160 on March 16, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Leave alone accidental Mankading, has anyone been accidentally run out ? Like in the fielder hitting the stumps without meaning to ? There should'nt be any problems with Mankading as long as there is a warning given beforehand as Murali Kartik did in that County Match. If you give the warning & the batsman is still backing up, then he is the one acting against the spirit of the game ( if there is such a thing in the first place )

  • TATTUs on March 16, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Perhaps the Aussies would have appealed if that had happened at 200 for zip. That was the only way they could have got a wicket at that point. ;)

    Seriously too appealing for that sort of a thing first ball against a man who is making debut and not faced a ball is criminal. Yes, if he continuously doing that even after a warning then you can appeal. But still a good spirit shown by Aussies, even though they didnt know what was to come.

  • sanrafa on March 16, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    @MAROON5: Why did you exclude Vijay and bringing Chand, who is yet to prove his worth at the international level ?? Vijay and Dhawan will be ideal for the opening slot.. so stop making silly comments.. one more thing I want to say.. Rohit Sharma should not be given a chance.. since there are so many players who deserve more than him... infact, Rohit has got more Chances and hasn't utilized it till now..

  • loki897 on March 16, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Dhawan definitely played well today and he was confident,composed and ruthless. India MUST arrange at least a 4match tour to South Africa and Dhawan and Vijay must open for all the matches. Also tell them, that they will only play tests for now to keep their techinque and hunger going. After the series, they will be used to the conditions and they will put ou their pure best aganist Steyn,Philander,Morkel. Same with Pujara at 3 and maybe Kohli and definitely Ojha.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 16, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    @SALEEM SHAIKH . if the pitch was that flat then how did none of the aussie batsmen got a 100 . the only useful contribtuers were smith , starc , cowan & warner . heck clarke , henriqoues got a duck . alothough i agree with the fact that dhawan talent will be justified when he will make runs in fast bowling pitches . let 's wait for the sa series later this year.

  • Tamimfan on March 16, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    @Salem Shaikh - Flat pitch!? Not a bad joke at all. Did you even watch a single ball of the match? The ball was reversing, there was help for the spinners and timing the shots wasn't easy. I know some fans have those memories of their team getting owned on this very ground a couple of years back, but hey, you gotta admire a classy knock when you see one. The commentators were like "It's an absolute privilege to witness a knock of such quality". Allan Border went on to say "This innings is one of THE BEST". Also heard comparisons being made to former West Indian batting legends. FYI, Dhawan is NOT a flat-track slogger like Nasir Jamshed.

  • Dhanvanth on March 16, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I think this signals the end of Senior pros for India and a start of the New Gen for team India. I beg bcci to ask sachin to retire and give chance to rahane or tiwary. Not rohit!

  • Princepurple1979 on March 16, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    What a great innings by Dhawan and kudos to the team management on dropping Sehwag and making this possible.Now only if Sachin moves out will we be able to discover another gem like this in the reserves bench.

  • hnlns on March 16, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    From a probable diamond duck to a probable double century tomorrow. What a start for Dhawan !!! A new kid on the block deserves this piece of luck, but he has really made it count big time. Congrats to Shikhar on this fantastic debut. Will he go on and send Sehwag to permanent retirement ??

  • Mad_Hamish on March 16, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    It's a damned good knock but considering typical scores and records of the time RE Foster's 287 on debut in 1903 is probably better, Charles Bannerman 165* would be up there as well Of course if Dhawan keeps going he could make a good case.

  • on March 16, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    I really pray that all test batsmen who debut get to play on a pitch like this. It would help with the nerves if the pitch is as flat seeing even starc piled on 99 runs.

  • Rao_Guru on March 16, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    According to the current rules, you can be Mankaded only before the bowler enters his delivery stride. When Starc lost the ball, he was already in his delivery stride (his back foot had already landed). Hence, Dhawan should not have been given out even if the Aussies had appealed.

  • 30-30-150 on March 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    The Delhi duo of Gambhir-Sehwag should be replaced forever by a younger Delhi duo, Dhawan-Chand, across all formats. To make the batting lineup rock-solid, bring in Rohit or Rayudu or Tiwary in the middle-order, after Sachin's retirement. The transition phase of the Indian Test team is finally over now that Harbhajan is gone too.

  • on March 16, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Great Knock but need to work a lot upon the technique and the temperament to be a successful TEST opener

  • poetryinmotion on March 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    It really wouldn't have been very sporting of Australia to claim Dhawan's wicket and I am glad they didn't. It must be said that the current crop of cricket captains around the world are very gentlemanly and true statesmen for the game of cricket. I hope this excellent trend continues!

  • on March 16, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Congrats Dhawan ! that was fantastic

  • SL_BiggestJoke on March 16, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    No Byron, it will only be remembered as the best ever Test debut by any batsman EVER!!! Amazing batting display with fluent strokes... AWESOME!!

  • on March 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Dhawan looks good - has the technique and the temperament, but lets wait till he plays in South Africa before we can give a verdict. Vijay, I am still not so sure about his technique, especially when he plays outside the sub continent. But, he seems to have a good temperament.

  • on March 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Dhawan looks good - has the technique and the temperament, but lets wait till he plays in South Africa before we can give a verdict. Vijay, I am still not so sure about his technique, especially when he plays outside the sub continent. But, he seems to have a good temperament.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on March 16, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    No Byron, it will only be remembered as the best ever Test debut by any batsman EVER!!! Amazing batting display with fluent strokes... AWESOME!!

  • on March 16, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Congrats Dhawan ! that was fantastic

  • poetryinmotion on March 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    It really wouldn't have been very sporting of Australia to claim Dhawan's wicket and I am glad they didn't. It must be said that the current crop of cricket captains around the world are very gentlemanly and true statesmen for the game of cricket. I hope this excellent trend continues!

  • on March 16, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Great Knock but need to work a lot upon the technique and the temperament to be a successful TEST opener

  • 30-30-150 on March 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    The Delhi duo of Gambhir-Sehwag should be replaced forever by a younger Delhi duo, Dhawan-Chand, across all formats. To make the batting lineup rock-solid, bring in Rohit or Rayudu or Tiwary in the middle-order, after Sachin's retirement. The transition phase of the Indian Test team is finally over now that Harbhajan is gone too.

  • Rao_Guru on March 16, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    According to the current rules, you can be Mankaded only before the bowler enters his delivery stride. When Starc lost the ball, he was already in his delivery stride (his back foot had already landed). Hence, Dhawan should not have been given out even if the Aussies had appealed.

  • on March 16, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    I really pray that all test batsmen who debut get to play on a pitch like this. It would help with the nerves if the pitch is as flat seeing even starc piled on 99 runs.

  • Mad_Hamish on March 16, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    It's a damned good knock but considering typical scores and records of the time RE Foster's 287 on debut in 1903 is probably better, Charles Bannerman 165* would be up there as well Of course if Dhawan keeps going he could make a good case.

  • hnlns on March 16, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    From a probable diamond duck to a probable double century tomorrow. What a start for Dhawan !!! A new kid on the block deserves this piece of luck, but he has really made it count big time. Congrats to Shikhar on this fantastic debut. Will he go on and send Sehwag to permanent retirement ??