Since Saturday, when off-spin all-rounder Deepti Sharma ran out England’s Charlie Dean in the 44th over at the non-striker’s end to get a 16-run victory for India over England at Lord’s to complete a 3-0 sweep, the cricketing world has been divided over whether the Indian team should have warned her before effecting the run-out.
Now, Deepti, who stopped in her delivery stride to run-out Charlie from the non-striker’s end, has revealed that prior warnings were given to the batter before she was finally run out for backing up too far from the crease.
“It was a plan because we had warned her (for leaving the crease early) repeatedly. Whatever we did things was as per the rules and guidelines. We had told the umpires as well. But still, she (Charlie Dean) was there (outside the crease). We couldn’t do much,” said Deepti to reporters after arriving at Kolkata airport.
With a majority of England cricketers, both men’s and women’s, disagreeing over the mode of dismissal apart from the spirit of cricket debate, Deepti has found people speaking in her favour, with Ravichandran Ashwin, Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer and Alex Hales backing her for following the rules.
Only last week, in the changes made by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the method of effecting a run out from the non-striker’s end was moved from Law 41 of ‘Unfair Play’ to Law 38 of ‘Run out’ section, making it no longer an unfair mode of dismissal.
Earlier, former India captain Anjum Chopra told IANS on the sidelines of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) match between India Capitals and Gujarat Giants in New Delhi on Sunday, that Deepti had all the “rights” to run out Charlie from the non-striker’s end, saying, “if it was wrong, TV Umpire would have given not out”.
“ICC has made these laws and it has been derived from the UK itself. Deepti had all the rights to run out a batter because the batter had left the crease prior to the delivery being bowled.”