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Mustafizur's no-ball check increases Harsha Bhogle's frustration towards Mankad

Mustafizur's no-ball check increases Harsha Bhogle's frustration towards Mankad

In the game of cricket, batsmen have often gained an advantage over the bowlers in various aspects. Batsmen are getting all the benefits through powerplay overs and thus helping the top-order batsmen to score runs freely by hitting over the in-field. Batsmen can mount pressure on the bowlers by hitting sixes and fours.

This is one of the main reasons why cricket has become more of a batsman’s game than a bowlers although the bowlers (pacers, spinners) are giving absolutely everything in the game. Besides this, there is another aspect where batsmen have an upper hand over the bowlers, which is backing up at the non-striker’s end.

We have often seen batsmen easily backing up at the other end and thus stealing half or full yard whereas the bowler is on the receiving end when he bowls a no-ball which results in a ‘free-hit’ and thus giving one more advantage to the batsmen. Bowlers are not given a fair advantage just like the batsmen, which is a sad reality.

Harsha Bhogle backs bowlers to Mankad the batsmen

During the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, West Indies international Dwayne Bravo was spotted backing up at the non-striker's end. A video doing the rounds on social media shows DJ Bravo backing up a few yards while left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was penalized for bowling a no-ball.

Although Mustafizur stepped just over the line and was considered a no-ball, he had a clear chance of running out the batsman at the other hand. Meanwhile, Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle was critical of batsmen getting an advantage over bowlers. Harsha Bhogle added that batsmen are gaining an advantage in the name of ‘spirit of the game’. 

The commentator added that: “Look where Bravo is. That is why I believe you’re entirely within your rights…it should almost be mandatory in team meetings to say, run him out. All this talk about not being in the spirit of the game is so much nonsense.” Harsha Bhogle was spot on with his opinion as bowlers have every right to Mankad the batsmen as it is within the rules of the game.


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