India managed to secure a win as England’s last batsman, Charlotte Dean (47), was deemed controversially exhausted for stepping back. Dean was off his pitch and Deepti simply held the ball up to pull the bails, leaving the England team flabbergasted.
Although Deepti’s act is perfectly legal, it still divides opinion, with some England players expressing their displeasure.
MCC comment on Run out at end of non-strikers at @HomeOfCricket yesterday ⤵️#CricketTwitter | #ENGvIND
— Marylebone Cricket Club (@MCCOfficial) 1664108462000
But the MCC said Sunday there was nothing wrong with that.
“While yesterday was indeed an unusual end to an exciting match, it was properly officiated and should not be viewed as anything else,” MCC said in a statement.
“MCC’s message to non-attackers continues to be to stay on their pitch until they have seen the ball leave the bowler’s hand. Then dismissals, like the one yesterday, cannot happen. produce.”
Recently, the ICC while changing playing conditions had changed this type of dismissal from “foul play” to “exhaustion”. The changes would come into effect on October 1.
The moment Deepti Sharma sealed the game for India. https://t.co/gqQtJjdMGJ
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) 1664076712000
MCC said this was done to clarify the matter and to require batters to ensure they do not leave the crease on the non-attacking side, before a bowler releases the ball.
“The law is clear, because it must be so that all referees can easily interpret it at all levels of the game and at all times of the game.
“Cricket is a wide church and the spirit in which it is played is no different. As custodians of the spirit of cricket, the MCC appreciates that its application is interpreted differently across the world.
“Respectful debate is healthy and should continue, because when one person considers the bowler to be violating the Spirit in such instances, another will point out that the non-attacker is gaining an unfair advantage by leaving their court early.”
India won the match by 16 runs to give legendary fast bowler Jhulan Goswami a fairy tale ending worthy of his glorious career and also recorded his first clean sweep on English soil.