Sunil Gavaskar, the former India Test captain, wants the term “Mankad” dropped from cricket’s jargon, saying linking the famously controversial dismissal to Vinoo Mankad, the Indian allrounder, smears the legend’s name.
The term is used when a bowler runs a non-striker out before delivering the ball, and was coined 70 years ago when Mankad ran out Bill Brown at the bowler’s end twice during India’s tour of Australia in 1947.
Mankad was widely criticised for unsporting play, despite warning Brown several times that he was straying from his crease.
Donald Bradman, the Australian skipper at the time, and Brown himself also defended Mankad but the term – loaded with negative connotations of bad sportsmanship – stuck for generations.
Gavaskar wants the term amended, arguing it should be renamed “Browned” after the Australian batsman who was at fault.
“I have grave objections to that because it’s putting one of India’s cricketing legends in a bad light,” Gavaskar said during an Indian Premier League match on the host broadcaster’s channel. “He has been one of India’s all-time great cricketers. Our legend’s name should not be spoiled. If you want to call it anything, just say the batsman was ‘Browned’, not ‘Mankaded’.”
His comments come just a fortnight after the Marylebone Cricket Club, which oversees administration of the sport, declared it was updating the rule governing the dismissal to “put the onus on the non-striker to remain in his/her ground”.