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Muralitharan, Kirmani slam Deepti for Lord’s dismissal

Updated on: 27 September,2022 09:37 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Bipin Dani |

Speaking from Cuttack, where he is participating in the Legends League, Muralitharan said: “What presence of mind? No cricketer would have played international matches if he or she did not have the presence of mind”

Muralitharan, Kirmani slam Deepti for Lord’s dismissal

Muralitharan


Ravichandran Ashwin may have called all-rounder Deepti Sharma brave and hailed her presence of mind for being the first woman cricketer to run out a batter at the non-striker’s end during the third and final ODI against England at Lord’s on Saturday. However, Sri Lanka spin legend Muthiah Muralitharan slammed the India all-rounder for knocking off the bails during her delivery stride when she saw England’s Charlie Dean backing up. 
 
It was the final England wicket to fall in a low-scoring match as India clean swept England 3-0. 


Speaking from Cuttack, where he is participating in the Legends League, Muralitharan said: “What presence of mind? No cricketer would have played international matches if he or she did not have the presence of mind.” 



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Under the revised rules and regulations, a run-out at the non-striker’s end is no more considered ‘unfair’ play. “Yes, according to the law, she [Deepti] was right in running out the non-striker, but that’s in the law and not in the spirit of the game. 

The white-ball game is a pressure one and in a tight situation the non-striker may have left the crease early and if this act by the non-striker is repeated, the run out is justified,” Muralitharan said.

Meanwhile, before reports emerged that Deepti had warned Charlie Dean, former India stumper Syed Kirmani said: “If the bowler feels that the non-striker is taking advantage of backing [up too far], the right spirit is to warn him or her. If a non-striker continues after warning then the bowler is legitimate to run him/her out. Bring back the gentleman spirit into the game.”

Meanwhile, Rita Dey, who was a selector when Deepti emerged felt there was no need to warn the batter. “Law is a law! The ICC made the rule then why this irrelevant question? It [run out] is absolutely fair,” Dey said. 

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