Mitchell Starc has once again reignited the 'Mankad' debate at the Cricket World Cup having warned Kusal Perera twice over leaving his crease when bowling. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa helped Australia bounce back and record their first victory at this year's World Cup with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka.
However, there was a controversial moment in the first over of the match when Starc stoped to warn Kusal Perera over a Mankad. Starc showed his sportsmanship many years ago when he refused to Mankad Adil Rashid during a One Day International match against England.
Starc was praised for his effort of warning the batter at the time, but his act against Sri Lanka has reignited the controversy. In the opening over for Australia, Starc noticed Perera leaving the crease.
And the left-arm bowler stopped just before entering his action to bowl on one of his deliveries to notice Perera well outside the crease. Starc gestured and warned Perera to stay in the crease.
England cricket great Nasser Hussain claimed Starc may have told the umpire in the first over about Perera sneaking out of the crease early. “After the first ball Starc had a little word with the umpire, Kusal Perera just leaving his crease... he was saying to Kusal Perera ‘don’t leave your crease’,” Hussain said.
“That’s fair enough, he’s told the umpire now he’s told the batter, stay in your crease at that end... a very eventful first over.” Starc was unsure if Pererea had heeded the warning and attempted to stop again, but the Sri Lankan batter was inside the crease.
There has been plenty of controversy over the years regarding the Mankad dismissal with the governing body, The Marylebone Cricket Club, changing the laws last year to make the dismissal completely legal.
Starc could have run out Perera in the first over with no warning and the dismissal would have stood. However, Starc opted to give the batter a warning like he has done in the past.
This did divide the fickle cricket community with many praising Starc for his sportsmanship, while others said he should have just dismissed Perera if he was going to keep pulling up the batter for leaving his crease early.
— Zain (@Zain23564014323) October 16, 2023
#KusalPerera leaves the crease early. Starc let's the umpire know about it. Left the crease early again, warned Kusal Perera this time. Refused to get him out through 'Mankad' twice. Good sportsmanship from Starc. 👏#WorldCup2023 #AUSvSL #AUSvsSL pic.twitter.com/1V0vqyUCAo
— Mahad (@MahadCricket) October 16, 2023
No need for warning, just go ahead and do run out. It's all there in the rulebook after all!
— Vipin Tiwari (@Vipintiwari952_) October 16, 2023
Starc should have ran Kusal Perera out. pic.twitter.com/XjvKblYsv1
— Nadim. (@nadimspeaks) October 16, 2023
Ignore that I’m Aussie and will stick up for Starc but if the batsman wants to try to take the advantage of walking out of his crease when the bowler bowls then bowler has every right to mankad him without giving a warning #AUSvsSL
— David Gianfriddo (@HGA_Melb) October 16, 2023
Starc should either just mankad him or bowl at this point. Three warnings is more than enough. #CWC23
— Lachlan Jeffery (@LachlanJeffery) October 16, 2023
Mitchell Starc creates history at Cricket World Cup
Starc continued his dominance for Australia with his two wickets meaning he has now taken a dismissal in every World Cup match he has ever played. That is at least one wicket in 21 consecutive World Cup matches.
While Starc performed after the rain delay, it was Cummins and Zampa that stole the show. Sri Lanka collapsed with a 9-52 with Zampa (4-47) and Cummins (2-32) doing the bulk of the damage.
Zampa rebounded from two poor games to give Australia hope they can still reach the knockout stages of the World Cup. "I've been sporting a bit of a back spasm for the last couple of days so I tried to get through this one," said Zampa, who received treatment from physiotherapists throughout the innings in the field.
"I feel like I'm a good critic of myself and I feel like I could be doing better but it's nice to be on the better end of the result tonight."
Zampa admitted it took him a little while to get into the game having left the field for a short time. "It took me a little while to get into the game today, I didn't feel at my best again but I've just got to try and keep that wicket-taking attitude," Zampa added.
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