‘Do It Against England’: Ellyse Perry Slams Indian Star For ‘Biggest Flop Of A Wicket’ In Savage Dig At Poms

Updated - 29 Sep 2022, 02:45 PM

Ellyse Perry
Ellyse Perry. Image: Getty

In response to Deepti Sharma‘s choice to adopt the contentious tactic against England, Ellyse Perry has provided a harsh evaluation of the Mankad legislation, calling it “the worst failure of a wicket.” 

The cricket player set off the controversy when he said that the strategy should only be utilised against England as a guest on the parody podcast The Grade Cricketer. 

I Think The Overall Gist Is No Good: Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry
Ellyse Perry. Image: ICC

“I think the overall gist is no good, don’t do it, but if you’re going to do it, do it to England,” Ellyse Perry quipped. 

Over the weekend, Sharma, who shone with the bat by hitting an unbeaten 68 to give India a chance, shocked the cricket world by using the Mankad technique to run Charlie Dean out for 47, ending the game and giving the visitors a 16-run victory. 

The decision to run Dean out despite the ball not having been bowled, with the non-striker just leaving her crease and staring at the other end of the wicket as Sharma pulled off the bails, sparked outrage on social media. 

Stuart Broad responded to his Instagram image by asking, “In the rules of the game is that actually out? ” Former England captain Michael Vaughan stated that there was “No way to ever win a cricket match.” with Sharma’s (his rear foot) grounded?” 

Ravi Ashwin, an Indian spinner who has previously faced criticism for employing the tactic, threw fuel to the fire when he suggested that bowlers be given credit for the wicket as compensation for their “presence of mind.”

We Also Informed The Umpires: Deepti Sharma

Dean was cautioned not to leave her crease too soon, according to Sharma. 

Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma. Pic Credits; Twitter

“That was our plan because she was repeatedly doing it and we had warned them too,” she told reporters. 

“We had also informed the umpires. But still she was right there so there wasn’t much we could do. We did everything according to the rules and guidelines.” 

Heather Knight, the captain of England, called the spinner out for “lying.” 

Ellyse Perry, one of the best players ever, criticised Sharma’s choice to remove the bails. 

“I don’t like it at all. It just didn’t feel right,” she said on The Grade Cricketer.  

“It’s just the biggest flop of a wicket.” 

No team Perry has been a part of has ever mentioned employing the tactic, and she noted that if she had a problem with hitters leaving the crease too early, she would bring it up with the umpires. 

“If someone is very obviously leading off before the ball has been bowled, by a long margin, you’d probably say something to the umpire,” she said. 

“You’d probably bring that up before a game if you knew someone notoriously did that but, no, besides that, I don’t think we’ve ever had a conversation about just chucking the mankad in.” 

Ellyse Perry Believes Incident Damaged Deepti Sharma’s Character

Ellyse Perry said that Sharma’s character was damaged by the encounter. 

“It’s layered. I actually spent a good month with Deepti Sharma just recently in the UK at The Hundred, we were both involved with Birmingham Phoenix, and I can honestly tell you she is the sweetest human being on the planet,” Perry said.  

Deepti Sharma. PC-AFP
Deepti Sharma. PC-AFP

“So quietly spoken. Butter wouldn’t melt.  

“And then comes out on the field with a bit of whiteline fever, some technical rules … it’s always the quiet ones, isn’t it?” 

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