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India vs South Africa: Deepak Chahar not running out Tristan Stubbs at non-striker’s end leaves fans divided

South Africa tour of India: Deepak Chahar did not run Tristan Stubbs at the non-striker’s end even after the South Africa batter backed up too much before the India pacer delivered in the 3rd T20I in Indore.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Deepak Chahar had an opportunity to run Tristan Stubbs out
  • Chahar opted against running the South Africa batter out
  • Rohit Sharma also reacted to Deepak Chahar’s gesture during 3rd T20I

India pacer Deepak Chahar created a flutter on social media after he refrained from running out South Africa batter Tristan Stubbs at the non-striker’s end for backing up a bit too much. Fans were divided over Deepak Chahar’s gesture as it came days after India all-rounder Deepti Sharma ran out Charlie Dean at the non-striker’s end in a women’s ODI match at Lord’s.

In the 16th over of the 3rd T20I between India and South Africa in Indore, Deepak Chahar had an opportunity to run out Tristian Stubbs at the non-striker’s end. Even before Chahar completed his run-up, Stubbs was way out of the crease at the non-striker’s end.

However, Deepak Chahar let go of the opportunity and settled for a warning for the South Africa batter. Chahar sported a cheeky smile on his face as he decided against running Stubbs out and the South Africa batter too sported a smile after the incident.

India captain Rohit Sharma, who was fielding inside the 30-yard circle, also reacted to Deepak Chahar’s decision with a wry smile. India went on to lose the 3rd T20I by 49 runs after South Africa rode on a hundred from Rilee Rossouw to post 227 on the board.

However, fans on social media went from questioning Deepak Chahar’s decision to not run out Tristian Stubbs to praising the fast bowler.

Notably, Deepti Sharma’s running out of Charlie Dean at the non-striker’s end at Lord’s triggered a war of words between former India and England players. The Marylebone Cricket Club, the custodians of the laws of the sport, also responded to the incident by urging non-strikers to be careful and not back up too much before the ball is bowled.

Notably, a few England cricketers argued once again that running out a non-striker for backing up was against the spirit of the Game even as the type of dismissal is well within the rule book.

Notably, the ICC rules which were updated in September list the act of a bowler attempting a run out at the non-striker’s end under the ‘Run Out’ section (Law 38). Previously, this was listed under ‘Unfair Play’ (Law 41).

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