Not comfortable discussing 'Mankading' episode: Peter Kirsten

Published: 21 December, 2013 01:37 IST | Debasish Datta |

To Indians, Peter Kirsten played 12 Tests for South Africa shortly after they were readmitted to international cricket in 1991, is known more for the fact that he was 'Mankaded' by Kapil Dev during an ODI in Port Elizabeth in 1992. The episode did not go down well with the hosts, leading to some acrimony between the two teams.

However, 21 years later, Peter, the half brother of former India coach Gary Kirsten, has moved on. “The way I was batting on that tour, that was probably the only way they could have got me out,” Kirsten told MiD DAY yesterday. 

Ravi Shastri and Peter Kirsten
Ravi Shastri and Peter Kirsten in the commentary box at Johannesburg

“Kapil had warned me before uprooting the bails, but today, I don’t feel comfortable discussing the episode,” he added at the beginning of Day Three of the ongoing Test yesterday.

Kirsten who is a commentator on this tour, discussed with India’s Ravi Shastri whether the hosts had made the right choice by including spinner Imran Tahir in their XI.

While the latter felt Graeme Smith & Co could have done a better job by including an extra paceman, Kirsten countered Shastri’s argument by saying that by those standards, India should have excluded Ravichandran Ashwin from their XI as well.

But Shastri insisted Ashwin bowls a tighter line and is also a good batsman. That’s why his inclusion was necessary. Meanwhile, Shastri recalled an episode from the 2010 Test series when his suggestion probably helped off-spinner Harbhajan Singh claim six wickets in the Durban Test.

“Harbhajan came to my room at about midnight to know what he should do. I told him to bowl at the off stump and not try too many things. I also suggested he stay patient and bowl with a short leg in place,” Shastri recalled.

Shastri’s tips...
Ashwin too spoke to Shastri on landing here. “I told him the same thing... if you have patience and if you can bowl tight, you will succeed. The batsmen will try to hit you, but you will get wickets provided you stay patient.” 

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