Indian Women’s cricket team defeated England by at Lords by 3-0 and gave Jhulan Goswami the perfect farewell. The last ODI match was everything a sport lover expects from cricket, it had suspense, good cricket, drama and controversy.
The last wicket run out by Deepti Sharma is still a debate enough sports lovers. For the unversed, Deepti Sharma inflicted a run-out dismissal at the non-striker’s end (Mankad) to secure a 16-run victory for the visitors.
England was playing with the loss of nine wickets and needed 52 runs to win. But soon the duo of Charlotte Dean and Freya Davis made a comeback for the hosts. It felt like the match was about to go in favor of England but then Deepti Sharma did the unthinkable and made India win the series by 3-0. Checkout the run-out video here:
The run out at Mankad is now very much a part of ICC rules and Deepti Sharma showed high awareness when she noticed Dean leaving the crease before her releasing the ball and turned around to mark her run out.
For the unversed, the International Cricket Council legalized such mode of dismissal earlier this week. But soon the debate of Deepti Sharma not having cricket spirit started on Twitter. While several Indian former and current players like Ravi Ashwin himself tweeted in sport of Deepti, English all-rounder Stuart Broad didn’t like the act and wrote that it was a poor way to end such interesting game.
Checkout few Twitter reactions here:
However, the dismissal was checked by the third umpire and Dean who was already in tears had was declared out. However, the English commentators and cricketer didn’t like Deepti Sharma’s run out but Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur backed Sharma and said that the bowler did everything within the ICC rules. She further said that winning the match was most important and the team had already taken the important nine wickets and debate over the last wicket is baseless.