The third and final ODI between India and England witnessed a controversial end when Deepti Sharma led Charlie Dean to the non-striker’s side for running too far forward as the ball was about to be bowled. Once the match was over, English cricketers expressed their displeasure, and wicketkeeper batter Sam Billings was one of the first to tweet, “There is certainly no person who has played the game who thinks this is acceptable? Just no cricket.”
He added another tweet saying, “Not even looking the other way in delivery step.” To this the English pacesetter James Anderson replied: “Spot on. No intention to bowl the ball.”
The banter continued with Billings saying to Anderson, “Imagine how many more wickets you could get James.”
However, on Sunday, Ravichandran Ashwin also got into the discussion and suggested the International Cricket Council (ICC) come up with a gallantry award for the bowlers who have run out of batters at the non-striker end as there is a lot of stigma is. involved in the dismissal.
“In fact, that’s a great idea. How about awarding that wicket to the bowler for “spirit presence” under tremendous pressure and of course knowing the social stigma he/she would have to endure to do it. how about a bravery prize? to join @ICC,” Ashwin tweeted.
In fact, that’s a great idea. How about awarding that wicket to the bowler for “mind presence” under tremendous pressure and of course knowing the social stigma he/she would face doing mail. How about a bravery prize that also goes with it @ICC ? https://t.co/9PqqetnnGw
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) September 25, 2022
In the 44th over, Deepti ran away from Dean for backing too far before letting the ball go out of control, and India went on to win the game by 16 runs. This manner of dismissal has always led to conflicting opinions and it is no surprise that some England cricketers were in the mood to accept this wicket.
It is important to note that the ICC announced certain changes to the terms of play earlier this month.
With regard to “running out of the non-striker”, the ICC stated: “The terms of play follow the laws in moving this method of effecting a run-out from the ‘Unfair play’ section to the ‘Run out’ section ‘.”
Dean, who was England’s last wicket to fall, was devastated and walked away in tears after shaking hands with the Indian players.
She had walked in with the score at 65/7 with England chasing 170, setting up a 38-run tie with skipper Amy Jones. Even after Jones was fired, Dean kept going and even when Kate Cross fell for the retiring Jhulan Goswami, she kept England’s hopes alive.
But Deepti’s elimination meant India gave Jhulan Goswami a winning farewell match and also a historic series sweep.
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