Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 17:31 IST Screengrab from Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2001 blockbuster LagaanWhen talking about Indian cinema, it is hard ignore Lagaan. The Hindi movie, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, is easily among the best underdog stories in world cinema, let alone Bollywood.Among the many wonderfully crafted portions in the film is the cricket match between Bhuvan’s villagers and the sophisticated English team led by captain Andrew Russell.Gowariker was able to make the cricket match towards the end of the film not just believable but nail-biting. It is pretty evident that the filmmaker gave a lot of attention to detail.From Bhuvan’s men using a wrist-spinner to bamboozle the Englishmen, to the usage of Mankading Lagaan’s climax had everything that would make a cricket fan proud.Mankading has once again come under the spotlight after Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin Mankaded Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie, sparking a social media debate.Several former cricketers including Shane Warne, Sanjay Manjrekar and Michael Vaughan, went on a rant about Ashwin’s Mankading incident from Monday’s IPL 2019 encounter in Jaipur.While former players and experts were busy deciding the legality of the issue, the ever-ready meme community had its share of laugh at the expense of Ashwin.A fan theory suggests that R Ashwin is that little kid, Tipu from Lagaan who has Mankaded by an English bowler. Tipu, in the iconic movie, stitches a crucial partnership with his captain Bhuvan, who keeps the English attack at bay.The highlights: *brought to you by vivo*1. Jos Buttler was left fuming after being ‘mankaded’.2. Ashwin found himself at the receiving end after taking the step.3. It seemed KXIP were running out of ideas. #Mankaded#IPL2019#AshwinMankads pic.twitter.com/zhsMc7ycssadvertisement Kumar Shashwat (@kshashwat201) March 27, 2019After getting frustrated by the partnership, the English bowler notices Tipu backing up even before he delivers the ball. Tipu then gets Mankaded, much the agony of his strike partner, Bhuvan.”Remember this Kid from Lagan. He grew up to be Ashwin and took revenge for the Mankading,” a Twitter user wrote. Incidentally, Ashwin ran out Buttler, who opens for the England cricket team. Following Buttler’s dismissal, Rajasthan Royals suffered a collapse and fell short of a 185-run target by 15 runs. Karma is a boomerang, isn’t it?Sir, Ashwin took revenge ! Ref this scene from lagaan ..LoL ! pic.twitter.com/WllFVVMRBZDINESH KUMAR (@dineshm1509) March 26, 2019This is not the first time Ashwin has Mankaded a non-striker. In 2012, Ashwin Mankaded Lahiru Thirimanne during an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka but senior members of the team, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar did not let the appeal stand and Thirimanne stayed on.Following the uproar over Ravi Ashwin’s IPL ‘Mankad’, here’s a look back at an incident from a 2012 ODI against Sri Lanka at the Gabba pic.twitter.com/IRR528s0hacricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 27, 2019If we look at the two Mankadings, the one that was executed during IPL 2019 on Monday has a lot of resemblance to Tipu’s Mankading from Lagaan. Does that mean, Ashwin caught up with Lagaan only between the two Mankadings.Ashwin though was severely criticised on social media for not honouring the spirit of the sport. Questions were raised as to why Ashwin hadn’t warned Buttler before Mankading The Kings XI Punjab skipper though was seemingly unperturbed as he defending his action, saying he had played well within the rules of cricket.”It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he (Buttler) left the crease. That’s always been my take on it because it’s my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn’t even looking at me and he just left the place,” Ashwin had said.As the KXIP skipper pointed out, Mankading is part of the Laws of Cricket. The updated 41.16 law says: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out.”Also Read | Ashwin Mankading: Stop judging him already, he’s not a disgraceAlso Read | Mankading is like back-stabbing: BCCI official on R Ashwin’s run out of Jos ButtlerAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow Mankad controversyFollow Mankading IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow Lagaan Did Ashwin watch Lagaan before Mankading Buttler?Do you remember Tipu, the kid from the 2001 blockbuster, Lagaan? If yes, then think about this — Has R Ashwin avenged Tipu’s run out by Mankading England opener Jos Buttler during Monday’s Indian Premier League outing? Read on for more. advertisement
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