Shanaka went on to get his second ODI century with an unbeaten 108, but India went on to hammer the tourists by 67 runs to lead the three-match series 1-0.
But it was Rohit’s sportsmanship that was lauded by former Sri Lankan cricketers including Sanath Jayasuriya.
“The real winner was the sportsmanship of Rohit Sharma for refusing to take the run out. I doff my cap to you!,” Jayasuriya wrote on Twitter.
Former player Angelo Mathews said, “Not many captains would do this but hats off to @ImRo45 for withdrawing the appeal even though the law says so! Displaying great sportsmanship.”
The rare mode of dismissal was named after Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, who 75 years ago ran out Bill Brown twice in that fashion on a tour of Australia in 1948.
The dismissal ignites debate every time it happens, but was ruled legitimate by the International Cricket Council last year.
Recently Adam Zampa was denied a Mankad run-out in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League after TV umpire ruled that his arm had passed its highest point where he would reasonably be expected to release the ball.
Vinoo’s grandson Harsh Mankad weighed in the debate and said he had no problems with the term “Mankading”.
“Personally, I’m always delighted to see my grandfather being remembered. I feel it to be a great honour for our name to be associated with a cricketing term,” Harsh was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I’d love to see the “Mankad” or “Mankading” stay and keep alive his memories and legacy as a great competitor and sportsman deeply respected and admired by everyone I’ve met and those who knew him and experienced life with him.”