Why did Deepti Sharma’s legal run out become the centre of controversy

Deepti Sharma’s run out of Charlie Deans and Amy Jones attracted a lot of attraction and controversy simultaneously. Women’s cricket was getting more attention than men’s cricket because of this sole reason. 

What was so special about this run-out?

The reason why this specific run-out gained attention was that a lot of people think it’s against the “spirit of the game” On the other hand, there are some people who think that if it’s allowed in the rule book then it’s legal and the player who has done it should not be berated for it. 

What does the rule say?

Law 41.16.1 says: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be Run out.” There is no doubt that ICC allows this. 

However, this was not the case with Deepti Sharma’s run out and she was indeed berated for it. Because of the reaction of people, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the custodian of the Laws issued a statement to confirm that she did nothing wrong. 

“MCC’s message to non-strikers continues to be to remain in their ground until they have seen the ball leave the bowler’s hand. Then dismissals, such as the one seen yesterday, cannot happen. Whilst yesterday was indeed an unusual end to an exciting match, it was properly officiated and should not be considered as anything more,” 

England cricketers not happy with the Deepti Sharma’s run out

England cricketers took to Twitter to express their anger at this act. They did not twist their words around and straight up condemned what happened.

There was quite some meltdown from the English cricket twitter to be precise. But safe to say that a lot of people disagreed with this opinion and defended Deepti Sharma’s runout. They opined that cricket is a competitive game and the players should be allowed to make full use of opportunities as long as it’s legal. 

Charlie Dean’s reaction and Indian cricket team’s captain views about the run out

The batter, Charlie Deans was seen in tears after that dismissal because there is a possibility that she could have led England to victory if it was not for that runout. 

Later on, she posted a caption on Instagram and said “I’ll just stay in my crease from now on”

Technically speaking that’s what every batter should do. The Indian Skipper does not think that her team member did anything wrong. The cricket Twitter remains divided. 

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