Indian team veteran all-rounder Hardik Pandya has supported batsmen’s run-out (mankading) at the end of bowling. He said he “doesn’t care about the spirit of the game” in the matter and batsmen should avoid going out of the crease. ‘Manhandling’ was once considered ‘unfair’ in the game but the ICC has now changed the rules to make it a legitimate method of run-out.
There is a lot of discussion going on in the cricket world regarding this matter. Hardik, who played an outstanding role with the ball and bat in the victory of the Indian team in the opening match of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan, said that I personally have no problem with it. He said in the ‘ICC Review Podcast’ recorded before the match against Pakistan, ‘If I step out of the crease and someone runs me out, it’s my fault. He is resorting to rules for profit and there is nothing wrong with that.
This matter came to a head when Indian women’s player Deepti Sharma ran out Charlie Dean on the bowling in the third and last match of the series on England tour. Pandya said, ‘In this we should avoid resorting to any excuse. It is easy enough to understand that this is part of the rules. In such a situation, one should not care about the spirit of the game.
When asked about his cricketing aspirations, Pandya said, “Ever since I came back from injury, I have been trying to do my best. If there’s anything I want to achieve, it’s excellence in this game.’