India’s third ODI against England at Lord’s on Saturday (September 24) hogged the headlines for Deepti Sharma's dismissal of Charlotte Dean.
Chasing 170 to win, the hosts were reeling at 118/9 before Charlotte Dean (47) and Freya Davies (10*) added 35 runs for the final wicket to make things interesting.
Just when it seemed that the duo will take England over the line, Deepti ran out Dean for backing up too far at the non-striker's end. As a result, the Women in Blue won the match by 16 runs and clinched the series 3-0.
Speaking to Sportstar, legendary pacer Jhulan Goswami said that the run out was well within the ICC rules and extended her support to Deepti Sharma.
“Do you think that Deepti or our team have done something that has never happened before? Was it something against the law of the game? Everything that happened was within the rules of the game,” she said.
After arriving in India, Deepti on Monday (September 26) claimed that they had warned Charlotte Dean for backing up too far before eventually pulling off the run-out.
When asked about the same, Jhulan added: “I wouldn’t be able to comment on that because I was standing far away, so Deepti will be the best person to talk about it. But it’s a fact that Dean was stepping out several times and even the television footage will show that. Even when Renuka (Singh Thakur) was bowling, she had stepped out a few times, so it was happening for a bit.”
Meanwhile, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has issued a statement, backing the Indian team and reminding everyone of the changes brought about to the game.
“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 custodians of the Laws of Cricket said in an official release.
“This change will formally come into effect from 1 October 2022. This was done to clarify this matter and to place an onus on batters to ensure that they do not leave the crease at the non-striker’s end, prior to a bowler releasing the ball.”
“The Law is clear, as it needs to be for all umpires to be able to easily interpret throughout all levels of the game and at all moments in the game.”