During New Zealand’s T20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka, towards the end of his innings, Phillips was seen crouching in a sprinter’s stance at the non-striker’s end and the moment. Lahiru Kumara released the delivery, he rushed to the striker’s end.
“From a sprinter’s start when you’re trying not to be off the field as much as possible – there was a lot going around about Mankads and leaving the field,” Phillips said in the post-match press conference after New Zealand ‘s victory said over Sri Lanka.
“At the end of the day it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m in the crease and leave at the right time. If the bowler does his job, then he has the right to be able to collect the sponsors.
“For me to be able to get into that start, that position as quickly as possible, it just made sense,” he added.
Phillips starred with the bat as he hit a scintillating 64-ball 104 in New Zealand’s thrashing 65-run win over Sri Lanka.
“It was very spur of the moment. I think the position was to be able to see the bowlers and take off as quickly as possible,” he added.
Mankading, informally named after former Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankadhas been in the news lately Deep Sharma Charlie Dean ran out at the non-striker’s end for leaving her field too early to give England a 3-0 ODI win last month.
Once considered unfair play, although legal, in the gentleman’s game, the ICC has now labeled these types of dismissals as ‘run out’. Since October 1, it no longer sits in the ‘unfair play’ section of its rulebook.
However, the debate continues as to whether such dismissals are against the ‘spirit of the game’.