Ellyse Perry has delivered a scathing assessment of the mankad law in the wake of Deepti Sharma’s decision to use the controversial method against England, saying “it’s the biggest flop of a wicket”.
The cricket star was a guest on the satirical The Grade Cricketer podcast and lit the fuse early, quipping that the tactic should only be used against England.
“I think the overall gist is no good, don’t do it, but if you’re going to do it, do it to England,” Perry quipped.
The cricket world was rocked over the weekend when Sharma, who starred with the bat by smashing an unbeaten 68 to give India a chance, ended the match by running Charlie Dean out for 47 by the mankad method, which thereby ended the match and handed the visitors a 16-run win.
Social media erupted as a result of the decision to run Dean out despite the ball not being bowled, with the non-striker only just out of her crease and looking at the other end of the wicket when Sharma whipped off the bails.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said it was “No way to ever win a cricket match” while Stuart Broad replied to his Instagram post, “In the rules of the game is that actually out? With the back foot (of Sharma) grounded?”
Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin, who has come under fire for using the method before, poured fuel to the fire by saying bowlers should be rewarded for the “presence of mind” by having the wicket added to their bowling figures.
Sharma said Dean was warned about leaving her crease early.
“That was our plan because she was repeatedly doing it and we had warned them too,” she told reporters.
“We had also informed the umpires. But still she was right there so there wasn’t much we could do. We did everything according to the rules and guidelines.”
England skipper Heather Knight accused the spinner of “lying”.
Perry, one of the game’s greatest players, hit out at Sharma’s decision to whip off the bails.
“I don’t like it at all. It just didn’t feel right,” she said on The Grade Cricketer.
“It’s just the biggest flop of a wicket.”
Perry said at no stage has a team she has been involved in spoken about using the method and added that if she had an issue with batters leaving the crease early, she would address it with the umpires.
“If someone is very obviously leading off before the ball has been bowled, by a long margin, you’d probably say something to the umpire,” she said.
“You’d probably bring that up before a game if you knew someone notoriously did that but, no, besides that, I don’t think we’ve ever had a conversation about just chucking the mankad in.”
Perry said the incident went against Sharma’s character.
“It’s layered. I actually spent a good month with Deepti Sharma just recently in the UK at The Hundred, we were both involved with Birmingham Phoenix, and I can honestly tell you she is the sweetest human being on the planet,” Perry said.
“So quietly spoken. Butter wouldn’t melt.
“And then comes out on the field with a bit of whiteline fever, some technical rules … it’s always the quiet ones, isn’t it?”