The Indian fast bowler, Deepak Chahar has become the latest contributor to the Mankad debate as he chose to warn the batsman instead of claiming a wicket on the first attempt. The incident took place before the very first over of the third ODI against Zimbabwe and has led to the internet lauding his sportsmanship.
The second innings of the third ODI between Zimbabwe and India at the Harare Sports Club commenced on an intense note on Monday, courtesy of an incident that occurred before even a ball was bowled. On the back of Shubman Gill’s brilliant 130, India posted a commendable total of 289 before handing the ball to Deepak Chahar to open the innings.
The hosts sent their regular openers Innocent Kaia and Takudzwanashe Kaitano to kickstart the scoreboard, with the latter given the responsibility of occupying the striker’s end.
With everyone waiting in anticipation for the first ball, Deepak Chahar ran up at his usual pace but just before entering his delivery slide, the right-arm fast stopped in his tracks and simply dislodged the bails at the non-striker’s end. Kaia had left his crease before the ball had left the bowler’s arm, thus making him susceptible to a run-out popularly known as ‘Mankad’ and provided for in the game’s laws.
However, instead of appealing for the same, Deepak Chahar simply chose to give off an intense stare at Kaia thereby warning him to not repeat the action even though he wasn’t required to do so by the rules. Previous incidents across the globe have seen much controversy being made about Mankading incidents. The display of sportsmanship by Chahar was enough to win the hearts of many tuning into the game, who took to the internet to give their reactions.
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) August 22, 2022
Why indians always do nonsense things yes this is legal but against the spirit of game
— Muhammad Awais Zia (@Awais2407) August 22, 2022
I think he waited for the batsman to go out of the crease, when Deepak reached the bowling area, he was inside I guess.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 22, 2022
Your popa will not mankad don't worry 👑🦁
— Deefuk Kahar (@Deefuk_Kahar) August 22, 2022
Innocent Kaia h vo pasmanda 😂
— Shivam Choudhary (@Shivam4522) August 22, 2022
Innocent Kaia The Father Of Indiabwe
— Taswar Ali (@Tasawar_Alee) August 22, 2022
Deepak chahar did comedy there..#INDvsZIM
— varun sharma… (@VarunRa78195768) August 22, 2022
Deepak Chahar lmao, based
— lungifam (@lungifam) August 22, 2022
Deepak Chahar 🙂
Now it will start. Of course, it is an individual's choice.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) August 22, 2022
Shades of Ashwin in Deepak Chahar. Kaia was almost Mankad had he appealed.
— Gagan Thakur (@gagan_gt) August 22, 2022