Keemo Paul weighs in on Ashwin Mankad, wouldn’t do it again

By March 30, 2019
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While Windies all-rounder Keemo Paul believes there is nothing wrong with a mankad, even after it was completed by Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian Premier League recently, it is something he probably would never do again. 

Paul, on the way to helping the Windies under-19 team to a famous World Cup title in 2016, ran Zimbabwe’s Richard Ngarava out in the last over of a game that sent the Windies through to the knockout stages.

The response to the game-changing wicket was not pleasant for the then 17-year-old.

Big-name players laid into him for the decision, James Anderson, Eoin Morgan, and Stephen Flemming calling the Mankad, ‘disgraceful’.

Paul has transitioned into being a very handy all-rounder, for whom the Windies believe the future is bright, but while the Mankad was within the rules and he felt he was right in completing it, in an interview with ESPNCricinfo, the Delhi Capitals IPL player, said you shouldn’t look for it again.

“”At first, it was definitely tough,” Paul had said.

“I just locked myself away. I saw it on BBC. I read a lot of comments on social media. I took it hard. I cried a lot. And wondered if I did the right thing but my coaching staff and everyone else supported me very well,” he said.

Paul said the comments, especially from established cricketers, crushed him.

"After I did it, after seeing all the comments, I was definitely devastated you know," Paul said. "But after the coaches supported me a lot, especially Corey Collymore, he came to me and said don't worry it is in the rules and you don't have to worry. That's when I started to gain confidence again. After reading all the comments and stuff, I just wanted to lock myself away and forget about it."

Interestingly, Paul would play against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe as the Windies attempted to qualifier for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and faced a hostile crowd because of it.

Now fully recovered from the devastation, the medium pacer said the hostility motivated him to do well.

“Definitely I believed what I did was right. I was only 17, I came down hard on myself, kept wondering if I did the right thing. That was just instinct. Now I have matured more and I don't think I will probably do it again," he said.

Ashwin ran out Jos Buttler in the IPL earlier this week, but had made no secret of the fact that he had no problem in doing so, since batsmen routinely get an unfair advantage in stealing quick singles by being down the track when the bowler runs up.

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