Vinoo's son not blaming media for making Mankaded incident "unpopular"
Mumbai, April 19: Rahul Mankad, the son of late Vinoo Mankad does not blame Australian media for "criticizing" his father, who, in earlier occasions, had warned Bill Brown and then running him out for being out of the crease before the delivery of the ball in Sydney Test, in 1947-48.
"I don't blame Australian media for this. The incident happened there hence they reported it.
Dr. W. G. Grace was the first cricketer to have run a batsman out in this manner. No one says anything about that", Rahul Mankad, speaking exclusively said.
"The term Mankaded is not "popular". It is discussed more as the modern game has changed. Players are willing to use this mode of dismissal more readily these days".
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has suggested that the dismissal should be called "Browned" and said that it was the non-striker who was at fault at that time. Gavaskar also blamed media for spoiling the name of India player, who was at no fault in running out the batsman.
"Firstly, Sunil's views are well thought out and clearly articulated on the issue of this mode of dismissal. Moreover, many other greats including Michael Holding, the Chappell brothers and even the greatest of them all, Sir Donald Bradman have all gone on record suggesting that this mode of dismissal is well within the rules of the game".
"From my point of view, I feel strongly that it does not deserve the stigma of notoriety of unfair play. It is hypocritical on the one hand to sledge opponents during a game and refuse to walk when one has nicked the ball or appeal vociferously and pressurise umpires then talk about the spirit of the game".
"What my father did or what he felt he had to do to stop Bill Brown from backing up too far after several warnings was well and truly justified. Even Bill Brown himself conceded that and spoke out in support of my father, Rahul Mankad, who played 47 First Class matches, added.
"The sad fact is that my father's achievements sometimes get overshadowed by this incident, particularly in Australia", he signed off.