England pacer Katherine Brunt came up with an incredible gesture of not dismissing South Africa Sune Luus during the T20 World Cup clash on Sunday. The match was on the line with South Africa needing seven runs from last four balls in their tournament-opener.
A wicket at that stage would have made things trickier for South Africa and Katherine Brunt had the chance to do it. Even before the right-arm pacer had delivered the ball, Sune Luus had left her crease and was well out of the line. Katherine Brunt did see it and also stopped in her delivery stride but decided against Mankading the runner.
England went on to lose the game but Katherine Brunt’s action won praise for her from several quarters. The mode of dismissal is well within the rights of the game but is widely considered against the spirit of the game. Recently, Afghanistan U19 star Noor Ahmad did the same against Pakistan in the U19 World Cup.
India ace Ravichandran Ashwin had also dismissed Jos Buttler in the same manner in the last Indian Premier League (IPL) and had faced widespread criticism. However, Katherine Brunt decided not to run out Luus and England went on to lose the game.
On the next two deliveries, Mignon du Preez hit a six and a four respectively to seal the chase with 2 balls to spare. After the game, ICC posted the clip on Twitter and asked the fans about their reaction.
“”With the game on the line, Katherine Brunt could have dismissed Sune Luus at the non-striker’s end, but opted not to. Moments later Mignon du Preez blasted a game-defining six. What do you think?,” wrote the ICC.
With the game on the line, Katherine Brunt could have dismissed Sune Luus at the non-striker's end, but opted not to. Moments later Mignon du Preez blasted a game-defining six.
What do you think? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/oPqeUdo7Hl
— ICC (@ICC) February 23, 2020
And the reactions were mixed. While there were some who praised the bowler for her gesture, there were also some who criticised her for not doing something which is well within the laws of the game.