Heather Knight slams Indian player for ‘lying’ over controversial run that sealed ODI win over England


Britain captain Heather Knight has accused Indian bowler Deepti Sharma of “lying” about her claim that Charlie Dean was warned before his controversial dismissal in Saturday’s third ODI at Lord’s.

Dean was unbeaten on 47 after leading England to within 17 points of an unlikely victory when exhausted falling back at the non-attacking end by Sharma, a dismissal that secured India a famous 3-0 series shutout.

The dismissal – often better known as Mankad – sits firmly within the laws of cricket but continues to divide opinion over whether it is in the spirit of the game, with some believing a bowler should at least first offer a warning if a batter is backing up too far before running them.

There is no obligation to do so, but Sharma claimed India ‘repeatedly’ warned Dean, who was left in tears by the incident, to leave his pitch prematurely.

However, Knight, who did not play in the match due to an ongoing hip injury but was at Lord’s, refuted that suggestion.

“Game over, Charlie was rightfully fired,” she tweeted.

“India was the deserved winner of the game and the series. But no warnings were given. They don’t need to be given, so it didn’t make the dismissal any less legitimate.

“But if they are comfortable with the decision to affect the run-out, India shouldn’t feel the need to justify it by lying about the warnings.”

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