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

Deepti Sharma’s run out of England’s Charlie Dean in the third ODI at Lord’s on Saturday and it split the cricketing world into two. Deepti ran out Charlie, who is backing up at the non-striker’s end. While some argued that this was against the spirit of cricket, others argued that the Indian cricketer was playing within the rules.

Deepti Sharma, India’s all-rounder, on Monday claimed that the team had repeatedly warned Charlie Dean and she had done what was in the rules. She said her team had planned the dismissal method after realizing that the English cricketer was repeatedly leaving the crease before the ball was released.

Deepti Sharma and Charlotte Dean
Deepti Sharma and Charlotte Dean. Pic Credits: Twitter

It Was Our Plan Because She Was Leaving The Crease Repeatedly – Deepti Sharma

Deepti, the center of the controversy, has now revealed that she gave the England batsman a warning before being run out for backing up.

“It was our plan because she was leaving the crease repeatedly. We have even warned her. So, whatever we did was according to the rules and regulations,” Deepti Sharma said. “We had told the umpires too. But she was still doing it, so we had no other option.”

The Marylebone Cricket Club released a statement explaining their stance on the issue. The MCC changed the mode of dismissal from the ‘unfair play’ section of their rules to the ‘run out’ section earlier this year and the ICC is set to adopt that change from October 1.

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“MCC this year announced amendments to the laws of cricket to move being run out at the non-striker’s end, from law 41 unfair play, to law 38 run out,” the statement stated.

The third ODI was also pace great Jhulan Goswami’s last international match. “Every team wants to win. We wanted to give her good farewell by winning the game. So a team, whatever effort we could put, we gave,” Deepti said.

“This is historic. For the first time we beat England in England. We won the series 3-0 and Jhulan di had a great role to play in it. It was her final match,” she added. “We will miss her on the field. We will follow her dedication on the field.”

India Women National Cricket Team
India Women National Cricket Team. Pic Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, for the first time in history, India whitewashed England in England. The Indian cricket team won the series against England by 3-0. Batting first, the Indian women’s cricket team was bowled out for 169 runs in 45.4 overs. England women’s cricket was bowled out for 153 runs in 43.3 overs.

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