I'm not a big fan of it: Aaron Finch on Mankad Controversy
Aaron Finch (Source: Twitter)
In an interesting turn of events, veteran Aussie speedster Mitchell Starc warned Jos Buttler of running out because of too much backing in the non-striker end during the third T20I between Australia and England in Canberra on Friday.
After the match was called off, Australian skipper Aaron Finch was questioned whether he would encourage his bowlers to run out the non-striker for backing. In response, Finch said that he would like his bowlers to warn the batter in the first place before dislodging the bails. However, the dynamic opener also admitted to not being a big fan of this mode of dismissal.
Here's what Finch stated
"I wasn't aware, had no idea about that [on Starc warning Buttler]. I think if batters get a warning then it's fair game after that. That would go for most teams. I assume, if you give the batter a warning that they are getting a little too much ground before the ball is bowled. But I'm not a big fan of it, to be fair, personally."
Although 'mankading' has been moved from 'unfair play' to the 'run out' section by the ICC, the sportsmanship of the bowlers is still questioned if they execute this mode of dismissal on the field. Recently, Deepti Sharma ran Charlie Dean out to ensure a memorable farewell for the legendary Jhulan Goswami at the iconic Lord's.
However, this didn't go well with prominent English cricketers and media personalities, as they termed it an unfair play from the experienced India all-rounder.