Every cricket fan in India knows about ‘mankading’ now, thanks to Ravi Ashwin’s controversial act of running Jos Buttler out while he was backing up during the former’s delivery stride.
The cricketing world stands divided, with one school of though questioning Ashwin’s intentions and the other questioning Buttler’s.
From an objective stand point, Ashwin was well within his rights to run Buttler out, as he was out of his crease. From there on, the decision making was left to the umpires, who made the call and Buttler was asked to leave.
The rule states that the batsmen needs to be in his crease during a bowler’s ‘normal’ delivery stride. For people who actually know the rule are calling Ashwin out for stopping and waiting for Buttler to leave the crease, and not just for carrying out the ‘mankad’ itself.
My final point on this. Ashwin ran Buttler out. It went to the 3rd umpire who is on the ICC Elite panel. He looked at the replays & said the non-striker was out. He is the custodian of the laws & playing conditions. So irrespective of what Ashwin did, it was the umpire’s decision
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 25, 2019
The rule too is open to interpretation and does hold the umpire’s discretion dear. In this case, the umpires deemed that Buttler was indeed trying to get an unfair advantage by backing up and Ashwin’s execution of the run-out did not have anything going against the laws of the game.
Time to move on now and see what the Pant vs Dhoni show has to offer on Tuesday.
Let’s get to business now.
Dream 11 Fantasy Prediction DC vs CSK
Labelled as the ‘Pant vs Dhoni’ show, this one promises to light up the Kotla on Tuesday, with both teams coming off emphatic wins, albeit under different circumstances.
While DC demolished the MI attack, thanks to a blistering knock from Rishabh Pant, CSK steamrolled over RCB, owing to an embarrassing batting performance from the Bangalore franchise on a demanding track.
DC would be riding high on confidence, a little more than CSK, who didn’t really get to show their entire fire power in their first outing.
Rishabh Pant would be my wicketkeeping pick for this game, largely because of what he did to Bumrah and co. at the Wankhede the other day. Dhoni is the other viable option, but on current form, Pant seems to be the one who could do more damage and it would be a massive risk to leave him out when he is hitting them so cleanly.
Also, Jaddu and Tahir bowling during the middle overs could play right into Pant’s hands.
The Delhi Capitals batting unit seems to be a well-oiled one, especially the Indian core, which except Prithvi Shaw got off to brilliant starts against Mumbai Indians.
Shikhar Dhawan seemed to be at this assured best in the last game, scoring a gritty 40 odd. In the post match interview, he revealed how he is taking more responsibility this time and assuring that he plays all through, something that should be music to the ears of Fantasy managers. With strike rate not being a factor in Dream 11 fantasy, a 120 strike rate 40 odd from Dhawan would go a long way in climbing the fantasy ranking ladder. Get him in.
Shreyas Iyer seemed to be in terrific touch in the last game, before he held out to Pollard at extra cover. Captain of the Delhi Capitals, Shreyas has had a wonderful time in the domestic and India-A circuit and is certain to make a mark for himself in IPL 2019. With the kind of touch he is in, Iyer is one that you can bank on.
Now, from an objective point of view, one a non-turning track, the CSK attack is a little short of venom. DC has more variations, more guile and more pace. Thus, I would want to stack my squad up with DC batsmen.
Prithvi Shaw is my next best bet. He got out to a good delivery from McCleneghan last time round, but we have seen enough of this young kid to know that when he gets going, he is next to unstoppable. Get him in.
For the final batting position, I would go in with Suresh Raina, who would manage to avoid Trent Boult’s opening spell wit the new ball. Rayudu has been susceptible to the ball coming in and could fall prey to Boult’s trickery.
Kedar Jadhav is going to be used more in the number 4 role this year, as confirmed by Fleming in the press conference leading up to the IPL.
While he didn’t feature with the ball at the Chepauk, owing to the different surface in Delhi, Dhoni could use him at the Kotla, as the track won’t really aid the spinners as much.
Dwayne Bravo is deployed by Dhoni in the death overs and certain to run away with a few cheap wickets. Also, he could use the long handle to good effect whilst batting. Chris Morris is deployed in a similar role by DC and while he didn’t feature in the 1st game due to international commitments, he should be taking his rightful place in the XI for tomorrow’s game.
Kagiso Rabada dished out a fast bowling masterclass against MI at the Wankhede. Ending the game with figures of 4-0-23-2, Rabada will be my first bowling pick for this game.
Imran Tahir had an impressive outing with the ball in the 1st game and has played quite a lot of IPL games at the Kotla as well. He could bring his Delhi experience to use and cause some havoc in the DC camp. Get him in.
For the final bowling spot, I’ll be going in with Boult, as none of the CSK bowlers seem to have better fantasy potential than the New Zealand pacer.
Captain: Rishabh Pant(if DC bat first)/Kagiso Rabada(if DC bowl first)
Vice-Captain: Rishabh Pant(if DC bowl first)/Kagiso Rabada(if DC bat first)
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Now, I already have Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Deepak Chahar in my team for this game.
I would be brining in just one player from this game and it will be from CSK. My choice would be one from Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu. If CSK bowl first, I would get in Bravo, else I would get in Rayudu.
If Lamichanne plays, get him in as the surface could be a little spin friendly. Also, if the pitch report suggests that the pitch is spin friendly, get in Imran Tahir too, but keep a look out on the pre match build up for how much dew is going to be around. If you want to save up on a transfer despite the pitch assisting spinners, avoid Tahir if CSK bowl second.