'I find the debate of the Mankad really interesting. So many views from either side. I personally wouldn't like to win a match like that, also, very happy for others to feel differently.'
Going by the ICC manual, India all-rounder Deepti Sharma's run-out of Charlie Dean in the third women’s One-Day International against England, at Lord’s on Saturday, was perfectly legal, but it still divided opinion, with some backing it and Englishmen Stuart Broad and James Anderson expressing annoyance.
India beat England by 16 runs to sweep the three-match series and give the legendary Jhulan Goswami a fitting farewell.
However, Deepti, the bowler, running out Charlie Dean to claim England's last wicket, after the batter had backed up, caused controversy.
Dean, batting on 47, was backing up when Sharma stopped in the middle of her bowling action and ran her out with the target just 17 runs away.
The dismissal is perfectly legal according to laws of the game.
"I find the debate of the Mankad really interesting. So many views from either side. I personally wouldn't like to win a match like that, also, very happy for others to feel differently," Broad tweeted.
Broad's long-time teammate and leading wicket-taker among pacers Anderson said, "Will never understand why players feel the need to do this. Is she stealing ground?"
Another English player, Sam Billings, wrote on his Twitter handle, "There's surely not a person who has played the game that thinks this is acceptable? Just not cricket …."
However, many also came out in support of the dismissal, with former India opener Virender Sehwag calling some English players "poor losers".
"Funny to see so many English guys being poor losers," Sehwag tweeted.
In another tweet, he congratulated the Indian team for its fitting farewell to veteran seamer Jhulan.
"Fantastic win for the Indian Girls. A fitting tribute to Jhulan Goswami with a series win. Well done @BCCIWomen."
Leading India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has often objected to these kind of run-outs been termed 'Mankading' (named after former India player Vinoo Mankad), also backed the Indian team.
"Why the hell are you trending Ashwin? Tonight is about another bowling hero @Deepti_Sharma06," he tweeted.
"Congratulations to one of India's finest cricketers, @JhulanG10 well done on a wonderful career and of course needless to say that you inspired so many girls to take up the sport. Good luck to you as you move towards a new chapter in life," Ashwin wrote in another tweet.
Sent in to bat, India were all out for a paltry 169, and at that point it looked like the tourists may have fallen many runs short of making the match a memorable one for their legendary seamer, who is calling it quits after two decades of incredible service to the game.
However, the Indians managed to eke out victory as Dean (47) was adjudged run-out for backing up.
Dean, who nearly pulled off a stunning win for the hosts after they were reeling at 65 for 7 and then 103 for 8, was out of her ground and Deepti simply held the ball to remove the bails, leaving the English flabbergasted.
While it has always been a legal mode of dismissal, recently the ICC, while modifying the playing conditions, had moved these kind of dismissals from 'unfair play' to 'run out'.
The MCC Law 41.16.1 states: "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.
"In these circumstances, the non-striker will be out run out if he/she is out of his/her ground when his/her wicket is put down by the bowler throwing the ball at the stumps or by the bowler's hand holding the ball, whether or not the ball is subsequently delivered."