India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Brisbane February 21, 2012

Ashwin warned Thirimanne before 'Mankading' - Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag has said R Ashwin had warned Lahiru Thirimanne before running him out for backing up too much before the ball was bowled. In the 40th over of the Sri Lanka innings, Ashwin ran the non-striker Thirimanne out, a dismissal that is called - perhaps uncharitably to the former India allrounder - Mankading.

The umpires asked India if they wanted to reconsider the appeal and Sehwag, captaining in the absence of MS Dhoni, withdrew the appeal. It was withdrawn, Sehwag said, "because if we appealed and umpire gave him out, then somebody will criticise that, you know, that was not spirit of the game". Sehwag was asked if it was not soft to let the batsman off even after the warning. "It's soft, but that's the way we are," he said.

Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, said he was not aware of the warning. When told what Sehwag had to say about Ashwin's warning in the previous over, Jayawardene said the warning should have been official. "I don't know," Jayawardene said. "Then it's… he should warn him through the umpires. You need to ask the umpires if he was warned."

The warning, to be fair to Jayawardene, was not a conspicuous one. It wasn't spotted on TV, nor did Ashwin pull out of a delivery before the actual taking off the bails. However, to be fair to Sehwag and Ashwin, this need not be the kind of official warning that umpires make to bowlers for running onto the danger area. So it is possible that Ashwin had indeed warned Thirimanne beforehand, but that was not spotted by those watching.

However, this only makes it more curious as to why India withdrew the appeal. "Everybody was discussing it, but the umpires called me and I said, 'We can give him one more warning but if he does it again we will [run him out] because that's the ICC rule'," Sehwag said. "If somebody is taking an early start, then the bowlers have the full right to run him out."

The ICC had become more strict in this ruling last year - allowing bowlers to "Mankad" somebody any time before releasing the ball as opposed to the earlier rule where you had to do it before entering your delivery stride - to keep the batsmen from gaining unfair advantage. It even falls under Law 42, which deals with fair and unfair play. Sehwag, though, had no problem with the umpires consulting between themselves and asking the captain to reconsider the appeal, despite the law being clear on it.

"I think he [Paul Reiffel, the umpire] went to Billy Bowden. Billy Bowden is the senior umpire, and he asked him, and they discussed, and they called me, and they said, 'It's your call now. If you appeal, we can give him out'. So I took the decision that okay, we can give him one more warning."

There were suggestions that it was Sachin Tendulkar who persuaded Sehwag to withdraw the appeal, but Sehwag said it was his own decision. Either way, Jayawardene said he wouldn't have even appealed. "I don't play like that," he said.

However, Jayawardene admitted that Thirimanne was at fault. "The rules have changed, I know, to try to make sure there is no advantage given to the batsman," Jayawardene said. "I probably felt there was a little bit of fault in our guy as well in trying to do that, to be honest. But I mean, end of the day, spirit of the game was the winner."

Sticking with the popular opinion, Jayawardene said that it was "nice and clean" to not run a batsman out who is technically indulging in unfair play. "I wouldn't have got the bails off in the first place, to be honest," he said. "Try and keep it nice and clean, and tell the umpires to try and keep an eye on the guy. But if he still keeps doing it regularly, and if he is taking advantage, yes then, but I think they did the right thing in the middle. The seniors got together. Like I said, let's move on."

Thirimanne, though, kept backing up too far even after the let-off. He was careful with Ashwin, but with Vinay Kumar and Irfan Pathan, he kept taking the liberty. Why didn't those bowlers try something similar? "Because they were not aware," Sehwag said. "You have to be aware. Ashwin was aware, and I was aware when I was bowling. You have to be aware when the non-striker is taking a start."

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 23, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    If Indian bowlers are not capable of getting opposition's batsmen out without Mankading then Indian bowlers should have more concentrated on getting non strikers out without withdrawing appeals. Probably they can place a fielder close to the non strikers wicket & this way they may have a chance to get into finals

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | February 23, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @Valavan, for the record, India has a record of 8-2 head to head with Srilanka outside subcontinent. There is no need to explain further on who is superior outside the subcontinent. India has been termed as bad tourist only because they don't replicate their superiority that much well. But, it is still far superior to SriLanka and Pakisthan. A 5-ball over was unfair to India and India would have won that match if there was an extra ball. Maybe you guys are over the moon, because you guys are finding a win very hard to comeby these days. It is unfortunate that the news of a rift in the Indian team is coming out. Otherwise, I was awaiting a big thrashing at the hands of the Indians for you guys. Just be happy that you are in contention to make the final this time and with the politics in the Indian team, you guys might just make it. But, India did play well when it really mattered in the World cup final.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    no one should use this Mankading method... it's really a CHEAP way of getting someone out...

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    dsig3 said it correctly. India may have let things go in spirit of the game but other teams will not be so kind. This was never an excuse to their loss so its funny to see some SL fans jump to conclusions as usual. How are people so sure that if Thirimanne had been given out, they would've scored above 225, 250, 275 or another wicket would NOT have fallen? Two NEW UNSET batsmen would've entered at that point, & anything is possible in cricket so its silly to make assumptions from both set of fans. Thirimanne was out of his crease at least 4 times after this Ashwin incident but Thirimanne isn't playing school cricket so Aus don't have to let it go. SL played well & they won but SL lost by 5 runs to Oz before so 15 runs or 51 runs, all runs matter at the end of the day!!

  • POSTED BY GSP17 on | February 23, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @sarathiRatnayake, You should feel shame for your batsman not Ashwin... After even giving life to Thirimane still he continued the mistake (fraud).. You people expecting spirit of the game only from bowlers not ur batsman???? Shame on you Guys..

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | February 22, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    No doubt Thirimanne is a talented young batsman but he could have lost his place in SL squad if he didn't perform well in this match. So why these mighty(according to them) Indians are crying so much about a runout of a player who is yet to play 10 ODIs? I think it shows how good Indian cricket is.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | February 22, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    SEHWAG WITHDREW THE APPEAL TO HAVE AN EXCUSE IF THE MATCH IS LOST. NOW YOU SEE ALL INDIAN FANS GIVING THAT AS A REASON WHY SL WON IT, ITS REALLY HILARIOUS, INDIA TIED THE GAME DUE TO FIVE BALL OVER, INDIA LOST THIS GAME DUE TO THIS WITHDRAWN APPEAL, WAKE UP GUYS, DONT YOU SEE THE TRUTH, YOUR TEAM'S WEAKNESSES ARE EXPLOITED BY OTHER TEAMS WHEN YOU BOARD THE PLANE OUT OF SUBCONTINENT.WHAT ELSE YOU NEED 100% ERROR FREE DRS, 100% ACCURATE UMPIRES, EXCUSE AFTER EXCUSE, ITS A GENTLEMEN'S GAME, BE GENTLE AND ACCEPT YOUR DEFEAT GRACEFULLY. CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH.

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 22, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    How sensational....It seems Mr. Monga is an "expert" in SELECTIVE-BLOATING (out of proportionally) INSIGNIFICANT miss-happenings in matches involving India, which really has no effect in the end-result.! As anyone can see, this is a FUTILE effort to DIFFUSE the visible failures of "glossy" Indians and to distract attention from the much more serious RESULT-ALTERING issues, as happened in previous ODI against SL at Adelaide.! "Matter of fact about five-ball over" is another typical example for this...everyone knows, if the DRS was in place, what would have happened to Gambhir and the 'enforced' TIE..! "India let Thirimanne off the hook" so what..? Even if Thirimanne was given out at that stage (at 43) that could have only reduced the 19runs added to his score from then ...and the winning margin from 51 to 39 runs (assuming all other batsmen to follow scored nothing during the remaining overs)...so what significance it has to the end-result.? How could India find those 39 runs to win?

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | February 22, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    In cricket all types of controversy happends when INDIA is playing: 5 ball over, third umpire give out (prssd wrong button) and then calling back batsmen as not out, in Eng tour again ran out batsman and calling back, and here Ashwin bails off non striker on backing up...who really having problem with spirit of the game ? surely it is INDIA.. everytime they lost .. they make something else to point out ... and say because of this and that we lost.. otherwise we would/could have won the match!!.. damn... INDIANs will find billions of reason for one match lost instead of admitting their mistakes/bad play.. you people never gets straight like waging dogs tail. Who saw Thiimanne was given the warning!! NO body seen and non of the TV pictures show it. That is why Shewag did not appeal. It is dirt Ashwin did a bad act to create problem.Shewag and Sachin did the good thing though it is unfoirtunate that Indian fans are not able to appreciate thier own players when such good thing is done.

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 22, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    In addition to the previous post just sent...Mr. Monga why don't you waste the valuable resources on "good-for-nothing" hilarious headlines and columns.??? I think it would be better to focus on more productive things for India and interesting for general Cricinfo subscribers, who are not fools ! There are so many constructive things and productive ways that you may suggest India to rectify their current problems, rather than trying to find a self-soothing scapegoat to vent emotions.!

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 23, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    If Indian bowlers are not capable of getting opposition's batsmen out without Mankading then Indian bowlers should have more concentrated on getting non strikers out without withdrawing appeals. Probably they can place a fielder close to the non strikers wicket & this way they may have a chance to get into finals

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | February 23, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @Valavan, for the record, India has a record of 8-2 head to head with Srilanka outside subcontinent. There is no need to explain further on who is superior outside the subcontinent. India has been termed as bad tourist only because they don't replicate their superiority that much well. But, it is still far superior to SriLanka and Pakisthan. A 5-ball over was unfair to India and India would have won that match if there was an extra ball. Maybe you guys are over the moon, because you guys are finding a win very hard to comeby these days. It is unfortunate that the news of a rift in the Indian team is coming out. Otherwise, I was awaiting a big thrashing at the hands of the Indians for you guys. Just be happy that you are in contention to make the final this time and with the politics in the Indian team, you guys might just make it. But, India did play well when it really mattered in the World cup final.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    no one should use this Mankading method... it's really a CHEAP way of getting someone out...

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    dsig3 said it correctly. India may have let things go in spirit of the game but other teams will not be so kind. This was never an excuse to their loss so its funny to see some SL fans jump to conclusions as usual. How are people so sure that if Thirimanne had been given out, they would've scored above 225, 250, 275 or another wicket would NOT have fallen? Two NEW UNSET batsmen would've entered at that point, & anything is possible in cricket so its silly to make assumptions from both set of fans. Thirimanne was out of his crease at least 4 times after this Ashwin incident but Thirimanne isn't playing school cricket so Aus don't have to let it go. SL played well & they won but SL lost by 5 runs to Oz before so 15 runs or 51 runs, all runs matter at the end of the day!!

  • POSTED BY GSP17 on | February 23, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @sarathiRatnayake, You should feel shame for your batsman not Ashwin... After even giving life to Thirimane still he continued the mistake (fraud).. You people expecting spirit of the game only from bowlers not ur batsman???? Shame on you Guys..

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | February 22, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    No doubt Thirimanne is a talented young batsman but he could have lost his place in SL squad if he didn't perform well in this match. So why these mighty(according to them) Indians are crying so much about a runout of a player who is yet to play 10 ODIs? I think it shows how good Indian cricket is.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | February 22, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    SEHWAG WITHDREW THE APPEAL TO HAVE AN EXCUSE IF THE MATCH IS LOST. NOW YOU SEE ALL INDIAN FANS GIVING THAT AS A REASON WHY SL WON IT, ITS REALLY HILARIOUS, INDIA TIED THE GAME DUE TO FIVE BALL OVER, INDIA LOST THIS GAME DUE TO THIS WITHDRAWN APPEAL, WAKE UP GUYS, DONT YOU SEE THE TRUTH, YOUR TEAM'S WEAKNESSES ARE EXPLOITED BY OTHER TEAMS WHEN YOU BOARD THE PLANE OUT OF SUBCONTINENT.WHAT ELSE YOU NEED 100% ERROR FREE DRS, 100% ACCURATE UMPIRES, EXCUSE AFTER EXCUSE, ITS A GENTLEMEN'S GAME, BE GENTLE AND ACCEPT YOUR DEFEAT GRACEFULLY. CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH.

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 22, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    How sensational....It seems Mr. Monga is an "expert" in SELECTIVE-BLOATING (out of proportionally) INSIGNIFICANT miss-happenings in matches involving India, which really has no effect in the end-result.! As anyone can see, this is a FUTILE effort to DIFFUSE the visible failures of "glossy" Indians and to distract attention from the much more serious RESULT-ALTERING issues, as happened in previous ODI against SL at Adelaide.! "Matter of fact about five-ball over" is another typical example for this...everyone knows, if the DRS was in place, what would have happened to Gambhir and the 'enforced' TIE..! "India let Thirimanne off the hook" so what..? Even if Thirimanne was given out at that stage (at 43) that could have only reduced the 19runs added to his score from then ...and the winning margin from 51 to 39 runs (assuming all other batsmen to follow scored nothing during the remaining overs)...so what significance it has to the end-result.? How could India find those 39 runs to win?

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | February 22, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    In cricket all types of controversy happends when INDIA is playing: 5 ball over, third umpire give out (prssd wrong button) and then calling back batsmen as not out, in Eng tour again ran out batsman and calling back, and here Ashwin bails off non striker on backing up...who really having problem with spirit of the game ? surely it is INDIA.. everytime they lost .. they make something else to point out ... and say because of this and that we lost.. otherwise we would/could have won the match!!.. damn... INDIANs will find billions of reason for one match lost instead of admitting their mistakes/bad play.. you people never gets straight like waging dogs tail. Who saw Thiimanne was given the warning!! NO body seen and non of the TV pictures show it. That is why Shewag did not appeal. It is dirt Ashwin did a bad act to create problem.Shewag and Sachin did the good thing though it is unfoirtunate that Indian fans are not able to appreciate thier own players when such good thing is done.

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 22, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    In addition to the previous post just sent...Mr. Monga why don't you waste the valuable resources on "good-for-nothing" hilarious headlines and columns.??? I think it would be better to focus on more productive things for India and interesting for general Cricinfo subscribers, who are not fools ! There are so many constructive things and productive ways that you may suggest India to rectify their current problems, rather than trying to find a self-soothing scapegoat to vent emotions.!

  • POSTED BY Silver_Angels on | February 22, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    In a 100m SPRINT you are penalised for a early start.... where is the question of fair play? Players should use their energy to get over 22 Yard and not smart acts of crossing 20 Yards. There is a big difference between the advantage of 2 Yards, u can see in the Third Umpire decisions. Someday some player will take unfair advantage and even try to start very early and cross 3-4 Yards during the final overs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    shame on you Ashwin.this is not the game that people want to see.if this gave out we could have seen more like this.because every batsmen tend to do that.that's game.bowler should have asked umpire to tell him not to take off before delivering.Umpires are there for that.Ashwin is just an ordinary person who cant warn someone else.he showed all that he can go beyond cricket when he cant take wickets in conventional way. great win by SL though.all round performance except those 3 catches ..

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    i think ashiwin when he bowl action ,,,its not a big mistake for thiririmane

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Indian Fans and the Media always use to come up with excuses when ever they loose matches. Now they are blaming Tirimanne. Be a gentlemen guys dont be so imotional.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 22, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @satish619chandar:If you could check here commentary of SL inning (WC final) at the end of 10th over it clearly indicates that television producers confirmed that Sangakkara called heads the first time as well. Please check here. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/engine/match/433606.html?innings=1;view=commentary

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 22, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @satish619chandar: Friend, as you say "no one knows what happened to the toss in WC finals apart from Sanga" it shows your knowledge.Please check commentary of SL inning right after 10 overs. It clearly say this " This is just in: Replays of the toss indicate decisively that Sangakkara called heads the first time as well, and the call is audible to the television producers. In the noise, Dhoni mis-heard it as a 'tails' call. It was why he turned towards Shastri saying, "we'll bat " See I can't copy & paste the whole thing here so please check commentary after 10 overs in SL inning.

  • POSTED BY cricketfanJ on | February 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    If Ashwin had warned Lahiru and then on the 2nd time he ran him out that is resonable.Even otherwise, all cricketers who play international cricker shoukld know the rules and regulations of the game.I hav been watching the match right through out.Even after that incident, Lahiru Thirimanne was still backing up yards away.Even the commentators were casting adverse remarks on the chap.It was quite reasonable.When you play the gentlemens' game you must play in the best spirits of the game.Should strictly comply with the rules and regualations of the game.May I suggest to the ICC that umpires shoulod be entrusted to deduct a run if any player scores and if the non striker breaks this law.If a single is scored, then that should be made a zero. This area should be entrusted to the umpires because when a paceman bowls he will see to this aspect.It is unfair by the fielding side.When a spinner bowls he of course has timne to watch the non stricker.This chap should be educated on the rules .

  • POSTED BY JamesSmithee on | February 22, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Why Indians not put the bat to ball to get over throws or appealing for touching the ball by batmen in any occasion if they can run out a walking non striker ? Mahela is correct. Bowler has to be common sense whether the batmen is running out or walking out If they give a warning why they reconsider that ? When Paul Reiffel asked do you want to give a warning , Shewag could say we have already warned him. Now Indian lying

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Tendulkar& Sehwag show they are Gentlemen

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | February 22, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    It's high time to give it a rest. Though I'm a Sri Lankan, I too believe that Thirimanna should have given out. But no one can claim that India could have won the match due to that as the next batsmen, probably Mathews, would have had more time for his fire works. As few had correctly said, Shewag wanted the run out but withdrew it because of Sachin. Now he is pointing out this just to escape his horrible performance in the series and the reckless shot he played in just the second delivery. True, India kept the spirit of the game but at the end of the day, Sri Lanka was the better team. Admit it and get on with it. Better luck next time.

  • POSTED BY varun171 on | February 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I am surprised to see Sehwag forgetting the fact that the Sri Lankans are not the team which plays fairly or so to say "Spirit Of the Game". Suraj Randiv once bowled a BIG NO BALL on one occassion when India needed just One run to win the match and Sehwag needed one to complete the Century. Heaing to stump mike it was clear that Dilshan fielding at MidWicket told Randiv to bowl NO BALL so that Sehwag does not get to century. In fact in one of the earlier interviews of Sangakara, he mentioned that it is Umpires responsibility to give batmen out if the batsmen nicks the ball and that he would never leave the crease till the time umpire raises the finger. Notion of fair play is a myth, as none of the team follow the spirit of cricket. Every team has sometime or the other done acts which raises question on the notion of spirit of cricket. If all the teams play by spirit of cricket why do we require the on fields umpire, third umpire is sufficient to give decisions on runouts, stumpings etc

  • POSTED BY kishkapil on | February 22, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    what the people here are saying is beyond my understanding.result of the game not effected by this decision.well it could have been.when a team chases a target, there is a lot of difference in their mindset when you chase 250 or 290.that appeal if not taken back could have resulted in a lesser target.and our batters would have gone in with a different mindset to chase a taret.agreed we played very badly, but the umpires should have given thirimanne out without consulting with the captain.as for jaywaredenes comments, well the less said about it the better.when was the last time we heard sri lanka let off somebody in these circumstances.also regarding the team comp let the following team play in the next matches n lets see who wins: SACHIN SEHWAG GAMBHIR KOHLI RAINA DHONI IRFAN ASHWIN VINAY YADAV ZAHEER including JADEJA and ROHIT has not served the purpose for us.also would like to remind dhoni that young legs who saves 20 but cant make 20 are of no use.let da seniors play continously.

  • POSTED BY maheshmac on | February 22, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    When a bowler over-steps its a 'no-ball' - hence if a batsmen over-steps it should be a 'no-bat' : Cricket should not always fancy Batsmen alone !

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Ashwin did the right thng (Sehwag should have asked Thirimmane to go). If Sri Lanka cries about it, too bad. They should teach Thirimanne how to play the game instead of whinning. As someone said "if you abide by the laws, you abide by the spirit". For Jayawardene to whine even after his team were repreived shows his class.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    rule is make him out , umpires don't have to discuss once bowler make the bails off umpires need to rase there finger. rule is rule just follow it.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 22, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @Sports4Youth: What Kapil did was off the rule book.. There was no rule that time for this and he was annoyed by P.Kirstens' consistent backing up.. So,he need to warn the batsman officially with the captain and the umpire.. But it is not the case with this dismissal.. We clearly have a rule which allows the bowler to do it and the rule was specifically framed specifically for awhat Thirimannedid(To ban the batsmen from having unfair advantage of running without the bowler delivering the ball) and NO WARNING needed..

  • POSTED BY nikhil1 on | February 22, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    how the hell can what ashwin did be called against the spirit of cricket, if it is in the rules of the game!!! the umpires should have followed the word of the rulebook, instead of putting the onus on the captain; and the sad fact is Thirimanne repeatedly commited the same offence after the incident.

    Just scrap the rule if the umpires are not going to give it a straight OUT!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Will any other team extend such liberties to our greats? I do not understand what is wrong in running out a guy who is not abiding by the rules. Even after being warned he was making a mockery of rules and Indian team's sporting gesture by taking starts again. I am sorry you play to win in a sport. And Ashwin did not adopt any unfair or illegal means to Mankad the batsman. SRT and company have to realize the realities of today's competitive cricketing scenario. Sorry to say but SRT is not above the game and its rules. Should have learnt something from the Ian Bell incident. Sehwag was scared of criticism so he withdrew the appeal???? Comon if you are so scared dont play at international level

  • POSTED BY spidey007 on | February 22, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Can someone explain the difference between "spirit of the game" and following the "rules of the game"? They should be the same, what say?

    Also, I would like everyone to go back to a certain game where Dilshan advised Randiv to bowl a no-ball to deny Sehwag a hundred. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/456663.html

    And here Mahela is being naive when he says umpires need to know of the warning. Also, what would he say about the repeated offence made by Thirimanne even after getting the reprieve? Shameless.

    Also, Sehwag needs to be blamed for being soft. They are playing international cricket and not some exhibition match. Grow up guys!

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | February 22, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Forget the 'spirit', there is still a hole in this rule. Bowler can notice this only if the non-striker regularly does this. Still non-striker can get the advantage at a vital moment, like scoring winning runs, without being notified, specially against a fast bowler. So, the rule should be changed to make it a short run (i.e deduct one run from the total runs got for that ball) if non-striker advanced before bowler releases the ball.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 22, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    If once Ashwin had warned him then on the second instance they should have claimed his wicket. Kapil had warned Kirsten three times (3) , finally when he ran him out on the 4th occassion he claimed it. Everytime you need not give 3 warnings, i think at the highest level one warning is more than sufficient.

  • POSTED BY rathm65 on | February 22, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Talking of spirit of game does anyone remember the incident when Sri Lanka bowled a no ball on purpose to prevent Sehwag from scoring a century?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 22, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    @Mahaanama : There were too many things that happened in the WC finals actually.. What happened in the toss and no one knows it apart from Sanga.. BTW,India was late by 15 mins that innings and the second innings started on time too.. 6.50PM IST start is not late by any means mate.. First semi when India bowled second started at 6.45PM IST.. I don't understand what unfair took place there.. I stated that incident for the fans who say that the extra 15 runs scored by Thirimanne is lesser than the win margin and didn't have any impact on this particular game..

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 22, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Even if India didn't withdraw the appeal they would definitely lose & they would have nothing to say about the defeat but now at least they have an excuse so instead of blaming Sehwag what Indian fans should do is appreciating him.

  • POSTED BY venbas on | February 22, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    When even the cricinfo commentator watching stuff on TV is able to take notice, how come a young tyro like sehwag fail to notice it or even warn his fellow members when Timmirane is repeating his offence against them....Sehwag and sachin need not have chickened out of the appeal.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    If the game is played within rules, then spirit of the game can never be spoilt. I wonder why people differentiate law & spirit in games.

  • POSTED BY Jube on | February 22, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @ariyothariya: while I agree with your view that we look at the bigger picture, I believe this subject is quite relevant too - the quicker we start playing hard and within the rules the better... Not running a batsman out after warning him is not 'in the spirit' and just soft and stupid. In competitive sport it is absolutely damn well fine as long as it is within the rules.... nobody's going to come covering your rear when you lose in the name of spirit. To my Sri Lankan friends: nice of you to applaud Sachin and Sehwag for their 'sporting' gesture - put the shoe on the other foot and then lets see you say the same. Thirumanne was warned - that was enough of spirit - he should have then been run out ... why, he kept running out of the crease even after that.... if that didn't make the Indians look stupid, do not know what would have - we deserve what we get, I guess...

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    sachin must retire r8 now

  • POSTED BY being on | February 22, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    really worried to see many words of hatred in this cricket forum... yes mates we indians are not playing well, better u guys go home with this tri series cup... atleast dont use this forum to show ur haterd coz it will hurt someone like me and many others... we r humans too... really worried to these kinds of words in this public forum, calling indians as a cheap cricketers, telling tht indians r cunning, commenting the yesterdays runout act as a dog's act...

    finally to our indian team - hey mates, don worry, no probs if u lose any match... we are always with u guys...we wont let u down in any way... play well... god bless u all - human being

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Mankading is as fair a method of removing a batsman as stumping.A batsman is runout seeing replays if he fails to make ground by half a frame.Then why should a batsman taking advantage of a feet not be run out? Sehwag or Sachin were too eager to score some gentlemanly points at the costs of team.In England Bell was run out but Dhoni brought self before team and India was nowhere in Match(series) after that.GR Vishwanath did this mistake as a Captain in 1977, India Lost the match because Tailor who benefitted went on to make century,Vishwanath never led India again. Indians are expected to be nice so that White men could keep winning.Nobody white man tolerates Imran ,Kumble or Ganguly as Captain.

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | February 22, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @Srikanth Velugula what about the 2011 final you were the winners and you just won the game how about the 1996 semifinals?you remamber vinod kambli crying ya and you threw an apple at dharmasena who was fielding at the boundry lol....

  • POSTED BY buddhikapm on | February 22, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Gents Its all about fair play. I do think that when the batsman take a lead before the delivery he him shelf expose for a run out as well .. Imagine if the other batsman hit straight to ballers hand what will happen.. Therefore taking a lead having both sides..but its not fare to make run out in this fashion…this is good if there is no option to defeat the opposition..Now its finish SL defeated india from all aspects that's it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Well here Shewag is trying to hide the fact, that he is not suitable for captaincy! shame on him!

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | February 22, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    The whole affair is hilarious and shows lack of professionalism by both teams. Ashwin is a smart cookie and after warning the batsmen he ran him out as Thirimanne ignored the warning. Its a shame that Sehwag on his part removed the appeal on the ground that he will be called for unsportsmanlike behavior. If you warn the batsmen and he doesnt pay any heed then you can run him out and ask the batsmen to take a hike. Mahela is true gentlemen but without a doubt a shrewd and smart cricketer. His justification that Indians should have warned Thirimanne through umpires sounds hallow and farcical. And in the end after all the drama the joke is on Sehwag, his bowlers and fielders fielding in the circle for not noticing that Thirimanne was repeating the offence. I would love to see Thirimanne do the same against OZ. He will be on his way with some nice advice on how to backup in international cricket.

  • POSTED BY burner1985 on | February 22, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, yes I am glad that India did not go ahead with the appeal, hats of for that. But don't see the point in Sehwag making the comments he did after everything was done and dusted. Dhoni made no such comments after re-calling Ian Bell. And I feel that the warning should come from the upmire. If not there is no proof is there? How can ashwin proove that he gave a warning? Go over the match footage and stump mike reccordings? If it was given by an umpire it would be official.

  • POSTED BY WaldermaltCricketer on | February 22, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    That incident showed the entire world the gentlemen qualities of great Sachin. He involved the discussion between umpires & Shewag. Otherwise Shewag would have asked umpires to send Thirimanna back to the pavilion. But after that also Thirimanna did the same thing. At that time Indians should have run him out. But they didn't do that.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanLions on | February 22, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @ jasonpete, We are not criticizing Sehwag for what he did. The Sri Lakan team is grateful to him. But don't you think that as Mahela said, it's natural for any team to first let the batsman and umpires know that there's an issue with batsman backing up. Sehwag also thought that way and that's why he withdrew the appeal. But the media is making a big deal out of this as India lost the game. As I can see, what Sehwag trying to do is supporting the media to make an issue here. But what he should do is just stand by his decision and make it clear that it was the right thing to do. But now it seems that he's in two minds about what he did. I don't know why you're thinking Mahela is talking silly. He said he would warn the batsman first, then make an attempt of a run out if the batsman keeps doing that. But India did the other way around. And he accepted that Thrimanne was wrong to do that. What's silly about it?

  • POSTED BY Captain_Crick on | February 22, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    It's allowed in the baseball where you could run out non-strikers at will. When batsmen have undue advantage over the fielding side by backing up too much allowing them those extra few inches to complete a run, then this would be against the spirit of any game. The batting and fielding sides should be given equal advantages. If the term 'spirit' is to be applied to all facets of this game, then one can find existing faults in various layers of this game. Had this similar incident happened in a world cup finals match, with 1 ball remaining and 2 runs to get scenario - not sure how the outcome would have turned out to be.

  • POSTED BY katsunn on | February 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    if u abide by the laws you abide by the spirit. ashwin was justified

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | February 22, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan and I was always proud of how we play the game. but if the batsman takes a few steps forward before the bowler releases the ball, I think it can be sometimes unfair for the fielding side apart from it's against the law of cricket. We are not talking about amateur cricket here.This is international/professional cricket.Even under13 players know it's not good to do this. I cannot believe Thirimanne was naive or stubborn to continue. But no-one can say anything the way he played the shots. He does have good talent.But he has to learn a lot.I'm sure he is already advised by the seniors and coaches to be more aware of it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    if i get bowled and nobody appeals . can i be not out ? should i be waiting for someone to appeal ?

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | February 22, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Oh really Mahela? You wouldn't have claimed it? Great! Then from now on, all opposition non strikers can stand at half pitch distance. No problem right? What kind of nonsense is this about the spirit of the game? The rules exists and India threw crumbs at SL by letting the batsman bat on. IF you want to argue that Lahiru was not taking undue advantage, how can you explain what he did after this incident - going out when other bowlers were bowling but staying in when Ashwin was bowling? This is hilarious, and really cheap. Don't want to get Mankaded? Stay in. Don't whine like a pussy if someone gets you out.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    if Sachin declared his last game and if he is on 99* and Srilanka got a chance to make him runout , what will they do , where will be the spirit of the game :)

  • POSTED BY Lankanforever on | February 22, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    I really appreciate what veeru did but I think lahiru should have been given for two reasons. 1. There would have been no excuses for indian fans. 2. Lahiru should have learnt his lesson.

    But to be fair I think the young international cricketers will have to undergo some special coaching on backing up while running because they are used to this ridiculous backing up for years. However the real reason for this rule to come back was some real irritating running from all cricketers including Sri Lankans and Indians in the death overs where the non striker was literally half way down the pitch when the bowler released the ball. Still What Lahiru did was wrong and authorities must coach have some way to coach these guys. Not only Lahiru but their would be several youngsters all around the world who would need this.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    It is very obvious that Thirimanne did not respect the laws of the game... The non-striker is not supposed to walk out of the crease until the ball is getting released from the bowler's hand... What Ashwin did was 100 % correct... The biggest thing is that, even after Ashwin knocked the bails and even after the umpire instructed Thirimanne not to walk out of the crease, he continued to do it... Ashwin behaved like a perfect gentleman and withdrew his appeal since he didn't warn Thirimanne before... But after the incident, Thirimanne continued to do it... If Ashwin had knocked the bails second time, Thirimanne would have been given out... The Sri lankans should learn two things, First, to respect the laws and second, to play in the right spirit... Everyone remembers what Suraj Randiv did to Sehwag 2 years back to deny his century... Hence, they should understand that the spirit of the game is very important...

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Srilankan captain should be aware of the laws before commenting, to mankad someone no official warning is required. Its not right for the umpires to discuss and ask captain to consider, when the law says its out, it should be given out, hereafter hope umpires will not make that mistake.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | February 22, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Wow.. Spirit of Cricket??? If the batsman is taking unfair advantage why you have to warn? It is completely blows my mind. Why did ICC change the rules and still umpires ask the bowling team to reconsider the appeal? They should have enforced the decision without giving an option to the bowling team. On top of that Thirimanne kept on doing this.

  • POSTED BY LeoE on | February 22, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Whatever the law states, every cricketer knows that you never run a batsman out for simply backing up too early. You warn the batsman once and then if he perists, certainly take the bails off. Then, whether you appeal or not, is left to each individual bowler. Umpires should not consult the captain. In this case the bowler had removed the bails and the batsman had already been run out . All that the umpire has to do is to rule, out or not out.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    I can't see how the spirit of the games comes into it. A batsman is encroaching, he is getting an unfair advantage. Unless there is some other way to punish the batsman i.e. by not counting the run then there is no point to the rule. The batsman might as well walk half way down the pitch as be a stride or two out. Draw a line and stick with it, make it a rule and then throw away this absurd "spirit of cricket" nonsense. The lawmakers should clarify this even further, make it absolutely clear. If you're not in your crease then you can be run out. It can be that simple. Why not?

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | February 22, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    all those who's talking about 'spirit of the game' and dishing at indian players sud know that Lahiru was still leaving the crease inspite of early warnings,even after he's run out by ashwin and then appeal was withdrawn he still did that in the next few overs,was that in the spirit of the game??obviously not,batsman r not allowed to take unfair advantage by stepping outside the crease before ball is delivered bcoz many times there's a difference of only few inches which decides the run out so y batsman be allowed to take 2-3meters head start??infact its Lahiru who was acting against spirit of cricket by not following the rules..that run out wud'nt have changed the match result(SL still wud have won) but dont hide behind so called 'spirit of cricket' and make mockery of rules..its bcoz of such unfair practices that ICC made the rule strict and allowed batsman to run out

  • POSTED BY vertical on | February 22, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    India lost because they missed the two best finishers Dhoni and Yuvi. Did you see the shot Patel played to get out.I guess that's the difference between Australia and other teams after gilchrist they have had Haddin,Wade and Paine while India has Patel and Karthik both averaging in the 20s. India's bowling has always been pathetic but with Gambhir,Kohli ,Yuvi and Dhoni all averaging above 40s in chases they have been able to chase down big scores.Missing Yuvi....(Jadeja and yusuf pathan are just filler players not good enough both averaging in the 20s )

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | February 22, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    @satish619chandar: good explanation then let me ask you a question as well? India took a long time to finish their bowling in world cup finals (Indian captain had to pay some percentage from his match fee because of that ) & so match had to be continued after its scheduled finishing time & it was a big disadvantage for SL bowlers in the end as they couldn't spin & york due to dew. According to your explanation don't you think it didnt influence the result of game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I think Ashwin's stumping is enough to make the lawful appeal and umpairs would have given their decision without consulting each other of captains. Rule does not say such consultation of umpairs or captains. However, according to me, running before ball is delivered and mankading are both unprofessional if not they are deliberate and repeated unnecessariliy. Trust the matter gets clrearer...

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Can the wicket keeper also withdraw an appeal, just because the batsman charged at he bowler and was stumped .. keeping in line with the 'spirit of the game'?

    Utter nonsense.

    Those who don't play by the rules, die by the rules - as simple as that.

    Jayawardene's words are blaming the Indians for doing what they did. Ridiculous .. play by the rule, which is why it's there for. Thirimanne didn't learn from that either, as he still kept doing it again and again.

    If i was the captain he was a goner.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | February 22, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    How would it matter? India lost by zillion runs ( again). Spirit of cricket? Flat track bulley Sehwag did not withdraw his appeal when India ran Inzemam Ul HAQ Out when poor Inzemam did not even obstruct the field in an ODI. Harbhajan Singh has been chuking for 23 years and thats not spirit of cricket. Real spirit of cricket is shown by BCCI that has become a laughing stock after india's 92 consecutive losses!

  • POSTED BY BalkrishnaSapre on | February 22, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    why can't ICC simplify things instead of leaving it to players/ captains?? If non striker takes undue advantage and is caught out of crease by bowler, simply reduce 1 run from next scoring shot. something like 1 run short. Bowler has to be alert for this, that means i's not overhead for umpires... undue advantage that batsman gets is only 1 extra run, that is compensated by reducing 1 run.. why so much of fuss!!!

  • POSTED BY GDarshana on | February 22, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    I THINK ASHWIN HAS WARNED HIM IN PREVIOUS OVER. ha ha haa. still he is not knowing it. what a shame

  • POSTED BY SUNILSUB123 on | February 22, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    okay guys what about the batman runout when the striker hit the ball straight and luckily it touches the bowler and hit wicket and asking for the runout is it fair or the spirit of cricket................

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Sehwag's Sportsmanship! Have seen many of his! The Same man who played with Numberless jersey had once deliberately kicked ball to boundary not to allow strike to Hashim Amla, and he is the first INDIAN PLAYER to get penalized! #Shamefull

    And Sehwag can make this respect of "withdraw of appeal" to his own as he had an option to take up the mike and speak! Those who have watched the game knows better than anyone!

  • POSTED BY ground-boy on | February 22, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Missed catches compensated for that and Dhoni's absence. Anyway it is nice and clean to stick to the basic rules always. No formal or informal warnings required.Can one expect this kind of spirit in a big final? Childish behavior followed by funny remarks.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | February 22, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Beware !!!! an eye opener for non stickers !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Thirimanne did not break any rules. Thirimanne opened a chance India to get him out. But India need to do it according to the rules in cricket. Hitting the ball high by a batsman is simply not out unless it is caught before touching the ground within the boundary.

  • POSTED BY MeeraKrishna on | February 22, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    if 'mankading' was against the spirit of the game then Thirimanne trying to take adv was also against the spirit of the game..actually this shouldnt be left to the captain..it should be ruled by the umpires like they do when a bowler runs in the danger area..

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 22, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    So, as per spirit of cricket, stump a batsman ONLY when he is going down the track and not when he is misbalanced or batsman just takes off his boots after keeper collects and waits for batsmen to move.. Give the batsman a warning he is not balancing properly and then stump if it happens next time.. Scrap the "Flicking of hands of bowler on follow through" Run out.. The bowler never intended to run out the batsman on the occasion and don't deserve the wicket.. All these things are still alive and considered legitimate in cricket when they are clearly out of spirit of cricket as per definition of some of the guys over here..

  • POSTED BY ariyothariya on | February 22, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Let's not get carried away, AUstralia looms as a formidable opponent, Don't get caught up in these petty discussions at this stage. Go Lanka Go.

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | February 22, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Thirimanne after that incident (withdrawal of runout appeal by the Indian captain),again and again did the same thing of coming out of his crease before the bowler had delivered the ball.he should have been runout .i fail to understand why indians didnt ran him out after withdrawal of appeal?,the batsman is silly,Australians will not give him any chance for that ,not even the first one.so the Indians should be given credit for that especially Sehwag and Tendulkar.The other teams must be watching that stupidity done by the batsmen and they will have a easy way to get Thirimanne out when they face him, so SL captain should tell the batsmen about it.yes in the end true spirit of the game was the winner,at the expense of the Indian loss,overcoming the stupidity shown by the batsman.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 22, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    @sawifan : No need to warn any batsman for the rules.. Why should Sehwag go to umpire and warn? Ashwin warned him but he still did it.. Ok he got a reprieve.. but still he did it on purpose to other bowlers..

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 22, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Dear SL fans..Thirimanne's 15 runs might not be that much considering the difference at the end of the game but still, it allowed the partnership to flourish for nearly 7 overs.. Surely i wont say India would have benefited for sure but that really changed the complexion on the match.. One great example for the changing course of match.. Eng-Aus Super 8 match in 2007 WC on Apr 8, 2007 .. End of over 29: England 163/2. 29.2 : McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, too short and it's hammered through midwicket. No! It smacks into Rudi, the square-leg umpire who does a rather impressive star jump but the ball thuds into his left knee. Rudi doesn't flinch.. (A easy two becomes a single) 29.3 : McGrath to Bell, OUT, oh there we go, Bell departs - McGrath perhaps held it back a touch, Bell trying to drive it over cover but his head fell back and the ball spooned to Hussey at extra cover.. England all out for 246.. One accident changed the game.. Please don't say it didnt influence the result of game.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 22, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Thirumanne shoud be given out.As per the law,it changed few months back and the team have every right to make batsman out in this manner.For srilankan fans,sehwag is not complaining ,but I guess as a cricket lover ,you all should thanks to sehwag instead of criticizing him for changing that decision as not long ago randiv bowled a no ball to avoid him century.i cant believe srilanka fans criticizing sehwag for this who inspite of turning the appeal not make him run out. For all Indian fans,game is lost not because of this run out but over all poor performances of your team. I guess some srilankan an Indian fans are going over the top and taking dig at each other.Appreciate when some one give reprieve to your team and mahela not doing anything good but by talking silly.He should warn thirumaane instead of saying something else as he was doing it repeatedly after the let off.I am happy as any subcontinent team be it India or srilanka play against us in the final.

  • POSTED BY WaldermaltCricketer on | February 22, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Ashwin & Shewag totally ignored the spirit of Cricket. Sachin was the one who informed Shewag to withdraw the appeal.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    The law is clear. And India (Ashwin) appealed. Where was the need for the umpires to consult - between themselves or with India skipper? By doing so they shifted the responsibility to India and had not Sehwag, with or w/o Sachin's advice, withdrawn the appeal it wd have been made to look like bad sport. Actually it was Thirimanne who broke the rule, not just the spirit of the game. It is ridiculous that MJ tries to give it a moral spin! Get the process and facts right, folks.

  • POSTED BY Raj1965 on | February 22, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Sehwag deserves immense respect, especially from the Sri Lankan team. This is the same team that purposely bowled a no ball when Sehwag was on 94 and the Indian team only needed one run to win. The same sporting/professional team had bowled a wide for 5 runs on another occasion to prevent Sachin from scoring a hundred. These two gentlemen deserve kudos for the class shown by them.

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | February 22, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    @ plod: Spot on. If you check the article above you will find that even Mahela acknowledge that our guy is at fault. But as you pointed out there were many opportunities after the incident for India to get him, but they didn't. So it's their issue & they should get over it. Shewag saying that he gave a warning doesn't make sense since he retracted appeal. He was well within him self to appeal, if a warning was give! Which proves there weren't a warning. He is quite good at giving excuses & reasoning after the fact! But I am delighted to see some honest Indian fans like 3liteindia who seemed to have actually watched the game acknowledge that it didn't make a difference in the out come, & IND needs to move on. Wish more Indian fans were like him, after all we the real SL fans do want India to do well, minus all the melodrama!

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    I have seen Ashwin was trying to do the same in one of those earlier matches, may be during a test match. These are what we called unwritten laws or proffessional courtesy. Well Mahela, Sachin and Clarke do not play this type of cricket. Cricket is a gentlemans game and do not get confused with baseball.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Under Law 42.15 of the Laws of Cricket it remains possible for a bowler to run out a non-striker who has strayed outside his crease after he has started his run up, but before he has entered his delivery stride. In this case Thirimanne should have been out. He made 21 extra runs and also built a partnership. I dont understand why Sachin had to be involved. He should concentrate on his batting instead.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | February 22, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    I think India have got a bit giddy with the "spirit of cricket" after the Ian Bell incident. That was completely different. Bell was not trying to make a run or gain any advantage. He believed that the ball was dead and he just wanted to get back to the pavilion for the break. It would not have happened had that not been the last ball before the break. Still it was his mistake and he was out. I'm glad that India changed their mind but I wouldn't have held it against them if they hadn't. It was very poor of English spectators to boo and call them cheats. In this case, the batsman was clearly trying to gain an advantage. Jayawardene's comments are completely bogus. He tries to take the moral high ground by saying "I don't play like that" when Thirimanne continued to do the same thing even after being given a life? If he was careful against Ashwin then he obviously knew it was wrong. Why would the umpire need to warn the batsman? Do they warn a batsman against hitting in the air?

  • POSTED BY Brambletonian on | February 22, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    @ sanjeeva E silva....Cheap cricketers..seriously ?????? If he is then he would not have let him go with an another warning..

  • POSTED BY surepush on | February 22, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    The game has a rule & it need to be played according to that. I think Ashwin has every right to run out the batsman who was taking undue advantage. There is no spirit of the game comes to play here. It is legal as per the rules of the game.

    Every one wants to win the game the batsman was taking stride to steal a single. So the bowler is at his right to run him out.

    Why we need to be on the good side or for that matter why any team should be on the good side if the game is played fair. Ravi Ashwin did not do anything unfair. There was no reason to call the batsman back.

    The same opposition did not do any favour to Indian team in many times. Including no balling when sewag was reaching a century.

    People saying it as a dog act should see the game rules before commenting.

    I am not in favour of mankad a batsman, but time & again the same batsman trying the same act even after warning. After the mankad incident again Vinay pulled back with out bowling a ball.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    I think India is trying to give an impression as a fair team, but no one still likes them bcoz of their inconsistency

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    He was out there is no doubt about, whether India would have won or lost because of that doesnt matter. If spirit of Cricket needs to be preserved batsman shouldnt try to steal unfair single. When sledging is considered part of strategy, this is silly.

    And to top it Jayawardena's statement he wouldn't have claimed is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 22, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    To all the Indian fans going crazy commenting, the rest of the world's fans are not saying you shouldn't do that. We are just saying give that one warning and then if he does it, run him out. India had that opportunity for every single ball of that over. Thirimanne did not learn from his lesson and kept walking out. At first, I was shocked to see India appealing then happy when they withdrew it. After Thirimanne kept walking out, I was hoping somebody would actually run him out. I really think that Thirimanne has a bad habit of doing this and simply does not realize he is doing it. If he knew he was out of the crease, that is pure insult and disregard to the spirit of the game

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    thirimanne should have been on his way. tbh i dont think bowlers should even warn the batsmen. the rule is in place! its almost like warning a batsman without running him out on a bad run!

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | February 22, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Well I dont like India but Thirimanne should of been out if Ashwin had warned him. If Thirimanne tries that rubbish against Australia he will find our hospitality only goes so far.

  • POSTED BY plod on | February 22, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    As an impartial observer, the umpires handled the situation brilliantly. Shame on India for not running him out countless times after this incident. Is Thirimanne as thick as a brick? I lost count of how many times he continued this practice after being given the benefit of the doubt. Jayawardene, its all very well taking the moral high ground, but, the blame lays squarely at the feet of Thirimanne, he is a goose and should be dropped until he understands that one you don't back up that far, and two, if given a chance, pull your head in and stay in your crease until the bowler has completed the delivery. Enough said, move on. And memo to Virat Kohli, you will not endear yourself to the Australian Public by being a bad sport and a whinger, that's all you are at the moment mate. Get over yourself, really!

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Lets get the fact straight guys-Thirimanne took a chance to break the cricketing law and he should have paid the price for it. If the law exists then it means penalty should be given for breaking the law, i.e. give him out instead of consulting the rival team captain about whether they wish to withdraw their appeal. Spirit of the game is about displaying honesty and sportsmanship. Teams cannot invoke Spirit of the game every time they realize their teammates made a silly mistake. If you mistakenly break the law then pay for it, I'll bet that player will not make the same mistake twice. Letting someone off the hook in the name of Spirit of Cricket is in itself sullying the Spirit of Cricket. Having a competitive attitude and playing within the laws of the game does not in anyway sully the Spirit of the game. Thirimanne did not learn from his mistake because if he does not believe he made a mistake of course he is gonna do it again. The next time he might do this consciously.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    hilarious excuses by pathetic indian team

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    I don't get why it's considered unfair? In baseball, they do it all they time as runners try to "steal" a base. Clearly if a runner leaves the crease to get an unfair advantage and they're stumped.. they are out, black an white.

    If not where do you draw the line? What about when a ball is played back by the striker comes off the bowlers hand and hits the stumps. If the runner is out of their crease they are out.

    Seriously I do not understand how this is different. If someone could explain to me I'd appreciate it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    You are professional cricketers - you should know the rules... its your life, your job! Hmmm so what if the media harass you? Is that what they always do? In my rules, the rules of the game, are the rules I play by.. Ohwell

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    i dont know why everyone is sayin shit about india when indias are the few teams that plays far games always..we are letting shit goo..and ppl saying sewhag is crying well his ONE OF TWO players that has 200 IN ODI and everyone is scared to bowl vs him..his always quite and mindin his own buss...one thing is for sure indian fans loves everyone i am india my fav player is a gilchirst..but ppl needs to grow up and if ur talking about run out..that sucker still didnt learn he kept going out every ball..he should be lucky they were playing india bc if it was auss. or pakistan he would been out..

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    @rivernile why should he acknowledge sehwag's generousity? he's even said if it was him and the sri lankan team the bails would have never been taken off, there would have never been an appeal. anyone that plays cricket knows that mankad is the biggest dog act one could do on a cricket field, it's just not on. just another indian fan who knows nothing about the game and blinded by passion.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | February 21, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    I don't think that appeal cost India the match, so just get over it. It cost maybe 25 runs and India lost by 51 runs so it's better to move on and forget about such a small incident.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Actually i think its sachin who asked to withdrew the appeal. It simply shows sachin is a legend. Its well bellow his class to appeal for that kind of outs. like mahela, sachin dont play his cricket like that. respect for sachin from lankan fan. About thirumani still not staying in the line before blower bowled even after warning, i think its simply coz he just got used to that way n not on purpose. he better correct his technique before the next game

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Folks, this is professional competition. Any mercy shown to the other team is committing suicide. Sri Lanka taught the Indian team and captain that lesson again. After being the 'nice guy', all Sehwag received no thanks even from the person who was pardoned, Lahiru Thirimanne or from SL captain M. Jayawardane! And only criticism or abuse from public, as is shown in string of comments from bloggers of whatever country of origin/affiliation. Brief lesson, when in competition, you play to win.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    "Jayawardene said the warning should have been official." -- what joke...Jayawardene get a life, there is no need of someone warning you on something that's a part of rulebook already. Thirimanne was lucky almost a dozen times being part of INDIAN generosity.

  • POSTED BY Radha4krishnan on | February 21, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    @Sifath- Common dude we all know Sanga-Suraj Randiv-Shewag no ball fiasco. Dont generalize things. Every team has good and bad people. One thing Aswin and Thrimanne only know whether a early warning was given or not. SRT came and withdrew the appeal. Shewag was keen on sending Thrimanne out of the ground. Any how India have to do some hard work for the rest of the games if they have plans to reach final. Good luck Team India.

  • POSTED BY Kays789 on | February 21, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    last time it was the 5 ball over, this time its the run out that was not to be. when will you indians ever stop whining? that run out made absolutely no difference in the larger scheme of things. if anything the margin of defeat wouldve been even greater. the writers of these columns seem to be bent on riling the indian fans up by creating mountains out of ant hills. i would not be surprised if these writers are indian too.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Two things: (a)Thirimanne was wrong, just like Ian Bell was and he should've been out. No recalls. (b) India lost because SriLanka played better cricket, just like ENG did in that test. Period. Maybe Sehwag shouldn't have recalled Thirimanne and let his team cop it from the crowd and SL fielders. At least that would've fired them up for a better display.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | February 21, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    its a conspiracy against India.All these other teams keep hitting the ball and running.Its just not fair.Do you think Sehwag raised this as a point to get away from that truely horrific shot to third man.I mean the fielder could not be more obvious if he sat there with a flashing light on his head.Go home lads you are just embarrasing the hell out of yourselves now

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | February 21, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    @Sifath SL also taught Indians how to stop someone scoring a century - by bowling a deliberate no-ball. Remember Randiv in Dambullah in 2010. When SL find a wicket taking bowler with a legal action then the rest of the cricketing world might take notice.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Sehwag makes it worse. He should have acted according to belief and conviction instead of fearing someone who will criticize. So it wasn't spirit of cricket but fear of criticism.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Shewag is clever !! If Thrimanne goes early still Mathews,Thissera,Maharoof and Kula are there to bat !! and the score would be simply over 320 and no way they can chase that!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Why do we have rules? Are in all the games, do we talk about about fair play or the spirit of the game? In that sense, we should not have those kind of rules and laws which would result in making the players, play against the rules. Is it not every one suppose to go by the rules? If a player makes a mistake, he has to pay it. Otherwise scrap the rules...What Ashwin did was right, even after the warning the batsman was doing the same thing. At least i saw when the umpires warned him twice. Why do umpires have to warn? If he does not obey the rule, let him pay the penalty. Whatever, India played badly, they deserved to lose! I hope they rectify the mistakes and solve petty problems and come strong.

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | February 21, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    @Harish Kumar lmao did that runout cost you the game?we wouldhave won it anyway comfortably.the only thing it wouldhave done is give yet anather half century to Anjelo mathews nothing else shame on you..

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_Wicket on | February 21, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    This is 2nd time in this month Sehwag cry like a baby... We also win in India by ??? , Lols , Go to School Sehwag , You are a joker..

  • POSTED BY D.V.C. on | February 21, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Running a player out at the non-striker's end like this is not an area where the umpires are to judge fair and unfair play. It is a legitimate dismissal, as evidenced by the last paragraph of the article. The batsman will try to creep an advantage, and only if the bowler is aware and skilful enough will he be able to affect a run out.

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | February 21, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    In my eye, Tirimanne is out. Perhaps he was given a warning prior to that ball, or not. Still he should be aware of the consequences. Having said that, no one can claim that India could have won the match if they hadn't withdrawn the appeal. It could've been few more runs to SL total. Same way Indians claimed about that 5 ball over in previous match. It could've been Gambir's wicket to Malinga. Tirimanne should have been given out, but that's not the excuse for the defeat. As it appeared on TV, it wasn't Shewag who withdrew the appeal but Sachin.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | February 21, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @Azaris Hazaris; laws are there are to uphold the 'Spirit of the Game', so if something happens over and above the rules for the same porpose, then it is served the meaning of having the law. so what's wrong with it.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | February 21, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Sehwag is too cowardly to be captain. He is more worried about avoiding controversy than winning matches. He's even admitted he's soft. If Thirumanne was warned then why withdraw the appeal. It's up to him to stay in his crease. India and SL have proved they don't really understand what spirit of cricket means.

  • POSTED BY lankavigi on | February 21, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Well, after I read this article I just laughed. sehwag's explanations, i felt were childish. Who cares if they cricticise you. If he's out, he's supposed to be sent back to the pavilion. Anyways India never looked like winning today. SL played the better cricket and thoroughly deseved this hard fought win.

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | February 21, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Maybe Ashwin used a Vulcan mind meld to communicate his "warning" since no one else saw or heard it. To be fair, if Thirimanne was in fact warned before, Sehwag should have had no qualms about the dismissal. So why didn't he confirm the appeal? If he was aware of a prior "warning" no one would blame him, ever. Neither would a later Mankading have drawn any criticism. As the Lankans were unsportsmanlike on an earlier occasion (and they certainly were with Viru's almost 100), they should be humbled and chastened by the senior Indian duo's gentlemanly conduct. Two wrongs do not make a right and Sachin and Viru showed they were the bigger and better men on this occasion. At least until this article and mealy-mouthed quote, if accurate.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    how Stupid is it to run non striking batsman out..Shame..IND is out of thier mind now they r trying to kill the spirit of the game..Luckily tendulkar was there...Such a shame!

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    @Sifath If there was any one who learned a lesson, that was Thirimanne. And to "do not forget 96 semi final" comment, did u already forgot 2011 THE FINAL??? and about 952 test, you might have satisfied your ego, but the match is a DRAWWWW.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 21, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    I find it funny that Indians think they always have to deal with spirit of the game... Why is it that only the Indian team tries these antics in the field like running Bell out and trying to "mankad" a player when nothing is going their way (started with Kapil)? Comparing this to something like a no ball to not let Sehwag have his century is ridiculous. One run for some batsman's leisure or one wicket for the entire game to change? Indians always try these cheap antics. I remember in 2000 when nobody could get Jayasuriya out, Ganguly intentionally bowled a very very wide ball to get Jayasuriya stumped on 189 (wicketkeeper was far down the leg side unknown to the poor batsman). The Indian team needs to learn to play the game cleanly and get people out with their talent instead of trying to find the smallest loopholes to get people out with.

  • POSTED BY TheTrueSport on | February 21, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    '"That's the way we are"'. Wow. Speechless.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 21, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Mahela and Sehwag are right. Mahela said that it is out of the spirit of the game to run out someone like that and it is. However Sehwag said a warning must be given first, and if the guy is still doing it, then run him out. That is also right, because after warning, if the guy is still doing it, he deserves to be run out. The funny thing is, after the warning, Thirimanne KEPT DOING THE SAME THING. The commentators (Tom Moody and Ian Chapelle) were going crazy in the commenting box after that. But it is not in the spirit of the game to run out someone in that fashion. It wasn't like he was halfway down the pitch when the ball was bowled, he was only a 2-3 steps in which is nothing really. I love how Indian fans keep bringing up the Randiv no ball. There is a reason why Randiv is not playing international cricket now even though he had an amazing start to his career

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | February 21, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    This shows a lack of bottle by the Indians. They let Bell off in the summer now Thirimanne. No wonder they struggle to win matches - they have no fight left. They just get bent over all the time.

  • POSTED BY Sifath on | February 21, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    we srilankans are always teach something to someone, ie- like you indians.. do not forget 96 semi final and 952 in test. We respect people like sachin, when it comes to countryman then, Nothing..

  • POSTED BY OutCast on | February 21, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Take my money & deposit into your bank account: India will not win anymore games in this CB series. They are done and they are playing for their individual purposes. I see Shastri in Kohli who has become just an annoying thing to see. How come acting captain always play irresponsibly? Sehwag thinks he is an auto entry into the team and scores baseball runs. BCCI must hire foreign selectors in order to give every Indian cricketer an equal opportunity. 1.3 billion Indians, and the national team has only 2 spots available for the talented youngsters waiting impatiently on benches and they keep snubbed game after game. It doesn't happen with Aus, SA or Eng. BTW, why do SL and Indian who live in Aus cheer for India or SL? Shame on them- they migrated to Aus to have a "life" and dissing Aus while living in AUs.

  • POSTED BY sam_the_man on | February 21, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    India lost the match, why is the focus shifted to one run out. Let's get this straight, problem was weak play by India, not some would have been should have been run out. Deal with India's problems straight, not getting distracted by noise.

  • POSTED BY SLCric-DHFan on | February 21, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Even If I am a huge Sri Lankan supporter, I have to admit with the fact that Thirimanne was the main culprit there. It was really disappointing to see his behavior after the incident. He was simply trying to misused the given opportunity. And the same time I would like to thank Mr.Sachin. As I shown in the Live telecast it was his decision to withdrew the appeal. Not Shewag's.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 21, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    whats happening to this Indian team ? first the ridiculous rotation policy , then statements from sehwag and dhoni indicating clear lack of communication within team , is zak injured again or is he rested ? why is gambhir not opening ? why is suresh raina still playing instead of someone like tiwary ? and of course there is our 'GOD' who for some reason everyone considers is beyond all criticism.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 21, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    I am shocked to hear Sehwag withdrawing the run out appeal, after Sri Lankan went to the extent of bowling a no ball to deprive Sehwag his century! How low did the SL team got to. This was time for revenge, Sehwag. It is good be like Mahatma Gandhi but in this case it cost India its victory! Even Gandhi did his peaceful non co-operation movement to win India its independence or its victory. Sehwag my Mate, You have to be RUTHLESS, like Jayawardane preaches to his team, to win. You let a thief escape with a large bounty! Winning within the rules is not winning at any cost! Now India has a huge mountain to climb + pray SL to lose to the Aussies minus Clarke & Ponting. This virtually eliminaes India from the Final.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 21, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    get sehwag out of this team.. we have heard this 'thats the way he plays' for too long , rivalled only by 'unlucky ishant'... he is not good on away pitches, might click once in 20 innings and then he will continue for 2 more years.. and wat was he thinking when he gave raina and kohli the 48th and 49th overs ? ? nd that 'spirit of crikt' gesture... i hope our think tanks dont 'rest' irfan pathan next game...

  • POSTED BY WishIndiaImprove on | February 21, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Hmm.. SRT is the real sportman in these kind of situations. Sehwag is like a crying school kid.. He did not appeal because of the teacher(media criticise ). Come on Sehwag... behave like a man....With my knowledge WI is the best team on the field..... Think abt the great Walsh during the world cup semi-final.. Learn from him Sehwag....

  • POSTED BY kazim11 on | February 21, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Subbaraj Jayaprakash : ur comment cracked me up. India and England are the worst when it comes to spirit. I am glad finallly i saw some spirit from the top team. GO AFRICA!

  • POSTED BY SriLankanLions on | February 21, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Now some of you Indian friends please stop claiming yourself the best team as to the spirit of the game. It's just making a mockery out of yourself. Everyone knows where India stands on that matter. I think it's time for you to sit down and think who's the flat track bullies now. LOL

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | February 21, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    I see a lot of Indians still mention the Randiv Incident which prevented "Viru's Century" . Seriously guys, you as a nation give too much priority to individual scores. To you cricket is not a team sport, thats why an individual 100 means so much to you, and it's that mentality that's hurting you. If an Aussie was denied a 100 they wouldn't even remember it, simply cos the team is first and foremost. Of course what Randiv did was stinky, but the fact that you still remember it after more than an year shows your mentality.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    What "spirit Of Game?" When did getting an opponent out within rules is against the spirit. "Soft Dismissal?" How many so called soft dismissals that regularly happen are considered against the spirit and reconsidered? NONE! NEVER! Sehwag made a mistake. Jayawerdene is wrong in his suggestion of not getting an out this way. Records are there of his "Spirit" or despirit. India needs agression.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanLions on | February 21, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    The truth is no one actually noticed the way Thirimanne was backing up from the beginning until that appeal. And I don't think he was doing it intentionally. He was in a world of his own just walking down the pitch with gloves in his hands. But the rule is a rule. He should have known that. He couldn't help himself from doing that even after the run out appeal, which shows that it's just a habit of him rather than intentionally gaining the advantage. If you watch closely you will see that many players do that more or less but unintentionally.

    What India did was totally right. They made the appeal according to the rules and then withdrew it for the sake of the spirit of the game. But what they shouldn't do is making a mess of the decision they took. No one forced them to take any decision. Just let go of it now rather than complaining. I don't understand why Indian fans are having a go at Sri Lankans regarding this issue. Is it because you ended up losing big time?

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | February 21, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Didn't take long for Indias Excuse Brigade like Debasis Sahu - to come up with excuses. They lost the match because they didn't take that Dismissal against thirimanne? LOL. did you even watch the game? Even if Thirimanne had got out that ball, SL would still easily romped home. You guys really are hilarious.

  • POSTED BY GreenTeam-Elite on | February 21, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Dreams!!! Why Indians Dream the Things and make them the way they want far from Realities??? I always use to Say Indians Wake up See & Face the Realities!!! Good Luck

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | February 21, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    What is the big deal "spirit of the game" here?? eh? A batsman is out of the crease when the ball is live and he is out. Period. Why cant you show the "spirit of the game" in stumpings, other runouts, even lbws, ....May be the "spirit if the game" can be shown even when the batsman is clean bowled. Let us let the batsman continue to play if only the bails fall down, ok, it is after all just the bails and not the stumps. "spirit of the game" will be ensured. Nice guys have to finish last.

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | February 21, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    hey @ sumanc1979 and @Subbaraj Jayaprakash u dont remember run out of misbah and two time inzimamulhaq.i just go crazy when india enjoying these outs.even on misbah out anil kumble joy was craziest i ever seen.dont say any thing about spirit of the game.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 21, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    this is what i dont like about indians.. if ashwin had warned him earlier there was no reasons to withdraw that appeal.... so much for the spirit of game.. we are here to win matches not friends.... ridiculous decision from india's part, given that he was earlier warned

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | February 21, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    @sumanc1979: Huh? Hear you saying it again mate.. The act of running out a batsman in this rather unthical way is named after an Indian International.. Says it all really! But kudos to Sehwag, he avoided the spotlight and correctly so

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    @rahul cricket007.. i dont know why u are so against jadeja... he is the most economical bowler in the team... even then u want to drop him?

  • POSTED BY alvinmanoj on | February 21, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    @Subbaraj Jayaprakash, u guys are taking up the topic of spirit of cricket coz india lost the math. It was Sachin who asked Sehwag to withdraw the appeal, he did so coz he and Sehwag wanted to make up their bad performance with some good comments from the commentator and blind Indian fans...LOL

  • POSTED BY RohithMedisetty on | February 21, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I don't understand what you guys are whining about . The bowler do not have to warn the batsman before getting him out Thirimanne is soo stupid that he continued backing up even after the incident, it's like he left his brains in the dressing room. If he doesn't respect the rules he don't deserve to bat. I wonder what'd jayawardene do if he were in the situation.

  • POSTED BY Zigor on | February 21, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Shocking responses. I am not able to understand the hatred directed towards Sehwag. His gesture was very nice. Please guys, just because you don't like a cricketer, don't criticize without any reason.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    It's always a big issue when India play against Sri Lanka... I don;t know why they really hate us. We really appreciate what Sehwag did. But my personal idea is that is an Out. It's the law. So, Sehwag withdrew a legal Out and he deserves appreciation. Mahela says that he will never even removes bails off, so, common guys he is telling that and if he balls will not do that. Don't argue on that. (Allso recalling Bell is also i'm against Dhony. Coz Bell was trying for a run) Because you all lost the game don't pass your anger or what ever here. Be cool and wise please.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Come on Viru if your other bowlers are not aware then you as a Captain should have told them to watch out. And Mahela, in this case they do not have to give warning through umpires, just good enough to let the runner know that you are taking unfaire advantage. If everyone is talking about the spirit of game then batsman should walk when they nicked. Just be a sportsman all the time and not only when you have the advantage.

  • POSTED BY maksuperb on | February 21, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    @-Sakthiivel We are not like them, thats why we have shown grace to them.... They should be thankful to us inspite of giving the silly comments on So called " Spirit of Cricket"..... for them.. Shame on you Sri Lankans....

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    very pethatic... indians must accept that they were convingsly defeated by sri lankans. If sl players didnt drop few dollies, indian team could have gone to worse situation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    If a batsman slips and falls on the pitch before reaching the crease how many captains would request the umpire to cancel the ball and bowl it again?

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    A good gesture form Indian team. Hope India do well in next matches

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 21, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Good job India and bad comments by Srilankan Captain. It's not about the warning, it's about the batsman to know that he is not allowed to come out of crease before the ball is delivered.

    Srilankan first showed that they are not playing professionally in that matter and now they are not talking professionally in that mater again.

    BCCI policy is to rule cricket world and that's the way to win peoples heart. Simple.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    ICC needs to draw a clear line between laws of the game and spirit. ICC should do away with laws of the game that question spirit of the game. Billy and Paul made an absolute mockery of the law by suggesting sehwag to withdraw the appeal.Just like judges in courtroom uphold the law, the umpires should be there to uphold the laws of the game and not suggest the players to go back on anything permissible under the law on the basis of good spirit. The responsibility for playing the game in good spirit rests solely with the players and it is no business of an umpire to advise captains on these kind of issues.

  • POSTED BY yasask on | February 21, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    even if thirimanna had been out, it only would have cost the total 20 runs and 20 balls. but that also would have meant that mahroof and angelo mathews would have faced the 20 balls and got about 35-40 runs in that, so that appeal being taken back actually helped india. even if for some miraculous reason, the SL batsmen did not get any runs in those 20, lanka still would have won because we won by 50 runs. so it basically was a complete inhilation of the "worlds best team"

  • POSTED BY amilag on | February 21, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Now India can target only one award with this pathetic performances. Award for Spirit of the Game! LOL.....Without making unnecessary issues please ask your seniors to retire with the good spirit of giving chances to youngsters!

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | February 21, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    by the way this was not why you lost the match today, you were just outplayed by the better team on the day and lets be fair, during the whole competition you have only been rescused by Dhoni's exploits...

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @ Harish Kumar - That decision didn't cost the game. Thirimanne scored only 15 after the incident but India lost by 51 runs. Except the defeat without making excuses. The last you were talking about 5 ball over. What is next time?

  • POSTED BY Mr.Khb on | February 21, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    When it comes to Rules vs Spirit, spirit comes 1st in cricket.Thats why its called gentlemans game. Good work there from Sachin n Shewag.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | February 21, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Sadly, 'spirit of cricket' only applies to India by their opponents. Like Shewag said 'its soft'. India should learn to be hard, learn where to show the softness and where not to. SL now, Eng in the past, don't deserve this.

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | February 21, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    if the rules says you can do that then why hesitating. I am a Sri Lankan fan and i believe that India should not have withdrawn the appeal. BUT that's not an excuse for the loss. may be Sri Lanka could have won this with a bonus point if that appeal was not withdrawn. who knows....CRICKET is a wonderful game

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | February 21, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    It seems like no Indian fan is concerned about the result of the match or they do not want to talk about it suddenly...but before yesterday they were talking a lot about the result of the matches...funny

  • POSTED BY ThatsJustCricket on | February 21, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Honestly, @Sanjeeva E Silva, Srilankans bold a no ball to stop a batman (Sehwag) getting to his century, now that one of your guys is let off by the kindness of our skipper, at least have the grace to accept it. Seeing comments from the likes of you (and Jayawardene for that matter), I have to agree with @yash9215, you certainly do NOT deserve it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    No other team than India thinks about the spirit of the game. Thats why they are the world cup winner.

  • POSTED BY Don_Simon on | February 21, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    @Sivasenthilram Ponnusamy:FYI, SLC has banned both Dilshan and Randiv after the incident !!

  • POSTED BY akpy on | February 21, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    mahela was very much part of their leadership team when first sachin and then viru were denied centuries by SL bowlers deliberately bowling wide/no ball....so, i think he should shut up w.r.t. 'him not playing in that manner' et al...cricket fans know and remember these things...

  • POSTED BY vaidyar on | February 21, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Ermm...what spirit of cricket here? A batsman was being extra smart and he deserved to be run out. First time, probably warn him as the batsman might not be aware he's doing it. Second time, just run him out. He's obviously being too smart or is too stupid. Deserves to be back in the stadium for either reason! Not surprised with Jayawardene's response. Him and Sanga(as much as I love his batting) have always acted a tad too self-righteous when it comes to most things.

  • POSTED BY Mann123 on | February 21, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    It does sound good the 'spirit of the game' and 'the right thing to do' but well winning and being aggressive even if at times that does not look pretty on the face of it should be top most priority. Aussies of late 90s and early 2000s were ruthless and aggressive. When we look at this Indian team, it just makes you feel that they don't mind loosing 'that' much.

  • POSTED BY lankan_style on | February 21, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @ Sivasenthilram Ponnusamy , Are you serious? What about when sewag kicked the ball to the boundary when he wanted to get Amla off the strike? Before you say something, make sure you can back it up! Well, I really admire, how Sachin Tendulkar sorted out the whole situation.

  • POSTED BY AujZ on | February 21, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Good ethics shown, though I think there should be a formal warning given by the on-filed umpires before giving somebody run-out for backing up too early.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | February 21, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Just my thoughts about Thirimanne- this is his first year in international cricket, not sure before he seen "himself in TV" in SL you don't get domestic matches in TV, other thing he is not running he just walks with the bowler, what happens some time he walks before the bowler …. I think he has a bad habit not watching the bowler, no one notice highlighted that before. ( sprite of cricket is you get some out faire way)

    Good luck to this youngster - he deserve the Man of the match, because of this controversy, I think they did not pick him.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 21, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    SL bowled a no to avoid Sehwag century, We should not show grace to these SL team.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | February 21, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    @Harish Kumar, even if Thirimanne was dismissed as he should have been at 52, still Angelo Mathews would have added 30 more to get 290 plus for Sri Lanka! Sri Lanka were clearly the better side!

  • POSTED BY nskaile on | February 21, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Whts next? Indians stop runnin players out who r over 30 year old cuz they can't run as fast as a 20 year old? Calling players bak if they get bowled in 1st over of the game? Cuz batsman dint get time to sattle in. Askin whole team to bat again if they get out cheaply? Lol

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Should've been a run-out, the rules are clear and the Umpires should know the rules. I hate this "Spirit" of Cricket talk, it's a competition and there are rules, Ashwin didn't need to warn anyone either.

    In which sport does someone go to the other team's guy with a warning?

    "hey hey buddy, your feet aren't actually on First Base right now, so uh here's a warning, don't take a run up or next time ill tag you out."

    Then after the next pitch, he actually tags him out and the Umps ask the Manager if they wanna reconsider the Out and he says "yes yes we withdraw our appeal"

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Why is the spirit of the game always about batsman? Why is the benefit of doubt always about batsman? Why does a batsman need to be warned for making a mistake? You are naive enough to play like a high school kid at the top level and you expect to get a warning for making a mistake? This is ridiculous. Sehwag withdrew under pressure else there was absolutely no need to do it. He was out.

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | February 21, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    It is an ICC made rule that a runner can be made out if he takes start early . It is a rule enforced recently.What are we talking about "FaIr PLAY?". Numerous replays are taken to decide on run out looking for for millimeter gap .Here was a player taking a nice 'stroll' as a runner when Ashwin was bowling.You call it legitimate and fair play?. Come on Jayawardena- come out of your high morale.We all saw what you all did to prevent Shewag getting a century in the last ball of a match by bowling a no ball?It was foolish for the umpire Paul Reiffel to have consulted Billey Bowden about the appeal.If it is a rule then follow it. Where is "fair play" coming in here?Is it fair for a fast bowler to bowl at the tail ender's rib cage? If that is allowed then, "Mankaded" should be allowed.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    skip jadeja permanently ..include iqbal abdullah (kkr)

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    india have a try on ashwin at no.4 batsman

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Oh!give me a break!!!did anyone see that thirimanne was given a warning???if india is so passionate about their game,why does virat kohli always refuse to comply with the umpires' decisions on the field?? In addition would any of indian batmen walk away if they get out??

  • POSTED BY aruna.b.herath on | February 21, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    You people don't know what the spirit of the game is. Ashwin was alert and he did the right thing taking the bails off. The umpires being the nuts they tend to be these days asked to reconsider. if theirs a rule what does the spirit has to do.HOW ABOUT NOT APPEALING FOR LBW IN THE NAME OF SPIRIT OF THE GAME. what is the difference. i say well played Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY Ranjit_Alexander on | February 21, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    My personal opinion is, If a rule is in ICC rules book, then it should be followed... If getting him (anyone for that matter. i don't care if its Sachin too) out the first time is not in the spirit of the game, then there is no point in having such a rule...

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    wow luk wht jayawardene says !! biggest joke !! when sehwag was on 99 against srilanka sanga asked randiv to bowl an wide and he did it to keep sehwag without getting an century tht was fair then ?? it was soo bad on sehwag to let thirimanne go had we had an aggressive captain we could have sent thirimanne back and a huge difference could have been seen.

    sehwag is an useless captain there is nothing called mercy go according to the rules had it been ponting in his place he would never done tht .sehwag a pathetic captain !! gambhir is the only best bet to captain the team to victory.had dhoni been the captain he would never give last 3 overs to raina and kohli poor captaincy skills.

    come on selectors make gambhir the captain and india missed dhoni and yuvi badly kick out jadeja and replace him with manoj tiwary who is soo better batsman and fielder thn jadeja !!

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | February 21, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Tiwary should bat at No.4.. period.... WP Saha should be considered as a back up wicket keeper both in Test & ODI... Parthiv...is waste why he get picked up everytime....

  • POSTED BY newporttiger on | February 21, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Why is it that every time there is 'Mankading', the Indian team is neck deep in it. I haven't seen many other teams doing it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    bcoz of india's kindness,2day dey lost da match...

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    There's no reason to extend such illogical sportsmanship! Indians have been quite over-gracious and our cricketers are overdoing this. SL does not show the same back (look at their fans here + the past no ball incident etc...) and they will pound on indians if we had appealed for it. Thirimane kept backing up and we kept forgiving it. Ridiculous. In Australia, atleast let's try to be hard like Aussies. If it doesnt come out, fine, atleast try! Because of BCCI's greed Indian cricketer and the regular fan are not respected for these things, so why do it?

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @ Sanjeeva E Silva - Oh yes....Not allowing a batsman from scoring century by bowling a no ball is great and withdrawing an appeal when the batsman is legitimately out is cheap...

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 21, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Hi Sidartha,I did write to your previous article that in the eyes of cricket experts here,Ashwin cannot legally make Thrimanne out according to the new law and both umpires as well as the indian players are sadly unaware of the correct interpretation. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    What Thirimanne has done was wrong in my opinion but, in case that was given out then all the lankan bowlers could have followed the same method and that could have been horrible for the Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    sehwag is ther most reckless player. he doesnt understand the importance of his wicket.

  • POSTED BY yash9215 on | February 21, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Authorities making rules of Cricket are nonsense and only want to earn large bucks thats why they are making striking incidences like today's happen??If its not true the appeal should have been made as soon as Ashwin asked for it.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | February 21, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Law 42.15 is quite clear.. the bowler is entitled to attempt to run out the non-striker, provided the attempt is made before he enters the delivery stride... The Notes accompanying that Law explicitly state that no warning need be given although it is customary for the bowler to warn the batsman. The only time the umpire is involved is if there is an appeal. So if the ICC playing conditions in respect of this differ from the Laws, it's becoming something of a trend.. following on from the way they have introduced regulations that have in effect made the Official Law regarding "throwing" obsolete...

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | February 21, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @ Sanjeeva E Silva: Cheap cricketers are those who deliberately bowl no-balls when the opposition batsman is 99 not-out or make blunders when oppsition captain wins the toss in the WC final....

  • POSTED BY Dam_Nava on | February 21, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Mr. Harish Kumar ... Please don't blame Sehwag. As Captain he made that decision. Match was lost because of the bad performance of today by the Indian Team. Accept the fact.

  • POSTED BY crikbuff on | February 21, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Just goes to show that India have lost the killer instinct. They should want to win at all costs. And again it was Sachin Tendulkar who came up to Sehwag and told him to withdraw the appeal.

  • POSTED BY yash9215 on | February 21, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Sanjeeva E Silva:People like you who don't respect the game and know little about can only find fault with others.First of all understand the meaning of Spirit of game.It means playing fair and just.

  • POSTED BY anindya_mozumdar on | February 21, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    At least now there is an excuse for losing the match.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    frustrated india loosing the Spirit of Game !!" thats all, well played Thirimanne, no one play cricket like india plays, India was frustrated in the field,

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    When there is rule in cricket law book that batsmen can be made runout before he finish the bowling the ball. Then why withdraw the appeal, what happened that guy Thirimanne scored heavily and he never stopped backing up before bowler deliver the balls. It is tough for the pace bowlers to see to non striker. Ok spinners can see but not fast bowlers. In this article Jayawardene words state that what Sehwag done is not a big thing. He is simple saying his players will not appeal to such type of runouts. what a joke, this rule is cricket law book and Indian players did not invent that rule. See that is the gesture of the opposition captain. So, Indian team has done blunder and they should have continued with the appeal.

  • POSTED BY dr.jha on | February 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @sanjeeva e silva... remember that no ball bowled to sehwag by that lankan offie.. suraj... eh??? cheap ????

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | February 21, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    @Harish kumar .i think u didnt watch the Match,this incident did nothing to change the out come of the game as srilanka had plenty of Batsmen s left to bat and Mathews the one who was blasting the bowlers from the other end .

  • POSTED BY unregisteredalien on | February 21, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    It makes no sense to me that "Mankading" has ever been considered outside the spirit of the game. The batsman who's backing up too far is taking a calculated risk in an attempt to steal an advantage. If he gets caught out by an alert bowler then he should pay the price. Warnings are unnecessary and irrelevant. A batter can be run out while stealing bases in baseball and this is no different. It's fair play and part of the game. Poor judgment here by the umpires and India, lucky break for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    It is good to know that a warning was given even when the new ICC rule states it is not needed.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Spirit of da game..... though v lost it..., v do da things differentlyy...!! one of da great character of team INDIA(ns)..

  • POSTED BY Advanced_Donkeys on | February 21, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    I can recall a funny academy match I played in 2005.A combined-gender match(Both girls and boys were playing for one team).I was the striker,when 2 runs needed off 5 balls with 9 wickets down.But the bowler mankaded the non-striker(a girl),and we lost the match.Neither me,or the girl complained for not being warned.but we should have...ohhooo....!!!

  • POSTED BY x-squire-x on | February 21, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    i can see all sides in this, maybe the best thing in this case would've been to clearly warn the batsman for all to see, then if he is run out backing up to far again, well hard luck.

    but i agree with homer2007, get these gray areas out of the game, and allow for clear and final decisions to be made immediately by the umpire.

  • POSTED BY area1985 on | February 21, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Sewag has gone mad after scoring another duck in front of malinga

  • POSTED BY sawifan on | February 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @yash9215.. very gracious?!? yeah right! Sehwag never went to the umpires to officially warn the batsman, yet now comes forward to claim 'he was warned'. India are so very great at playing the 'i'm so innocent' game, yet their disciplinary record speaks for itself. It seems that these issues only arise with India; complaints about sledging, bad pitches etc, yet every other team just plays cricket and gets on with it, even the other sub-continental teams. Indian fans, please take a step back and take an objective view of what your watching.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    An innovative way to get a wicket but this begging did not suiit the world cup holders who are not ICC #1. Ashwin had almost completed his action but being an spinner stopped and used momentum to try his luck but umpires decided otherwise. Dhoni's jesture about seniors pulled that catch by Viru in the field. Dhoni is on the right track and one day will get rid of these seniors but the kohlis and rainas today looked like part of longish tail that extended into the future.SL have shown a lot of character and have played India out of the top spot. A great compensation for their world cup final loss. Aussies and Lankans have it in their hands to deny Indians a final berth.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | February 21, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    It is the unspoken norm that you don't run out a guy like that without an official warning. Ashwin got carried away and did it anyway, and the seniors in the team decided to withdraw the appeal. So, let's please move on.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | February 21, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Even if Thirimanne was dismissed as he should have been, still Sri Lanka would have won as Angelo Mathews would have hit the Indian bowlers and boosted his total to 70 or so.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    dont say this reason for your lose against srilanka and shewag wants to escape from blaming by telling this reason

  • POSTED BY rivernile on | February 21, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    I salute you Sehwag for your courage and spirit. Jayawardene, you should at the very least acknowledge Sehwag's generousity. Your batsmas was clearly at fault and given a lifeline purely by the grace of the Indian side.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @ sanjeeva.........What u mean to say is that the rules should be thrown into the dustbin........ And the so called "spirit of cricket" should be held at a higher level

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    correction to my previous post . it's tiwari who need to be given chances in odis rather than jaddeja .

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    please drop jadeja from team & include shewag

  • POSTED BY Homer2007 on | February 21, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    What business do the umpires have asking the Indians to reconsider a legitimate appeal? Umpires are there to make judgements, not indulge in moral debates. Happened in England, has happened here. Either ICC cracks the whip on its umpiring panel and upholds rules or explicitly states that every appeal by the Indians will be a philosophical debate on the merits or lack thereof of said appeal. Either way, this absurdity has to end.

  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | February 21, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    New match new topic.Bad there is no 5 ball over or rain to whine about!

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    srilankan stopped shewag from getting century by bowling no ball. Where is their sprint of game.?. Srilankan doestnt deserve these

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Sehwag did a big blunder. Withdrawing the appeal in that situation is not wise .Its a part of the game. Finally it cost a game for India.

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | February 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I can't believe that Mankad is allowed by the ICC rules. Whatever happened to preserving the spirit of the game? I can understand it if the team batting second needs one or two runs of the last ball but in the first innings, it shouldn't be allowed.

  • POSTED BY seantells on | February 21, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Shewag doesnt know what he's talking, that guy didnt warn but added disgrace to gentlemans game

  • POSTED BY yash9215 on | February 21, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    That was very gracious of India and they have once again showed they have a lot of character in them.But India and Sehwag need to realize that other teams are not so good and humble as they think they are.We must play smart and you would have done nothing wrong if you had appealed.Its in the rule of the game.You guys are'nt realizing that you are only making it more difficult for yourselves to reach the finals now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    if its spirit of the game why r u now crying ''ohhhhhh my apeal? mr.sewag.cheap cricketers......

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  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    if its spirit of the game why r u now crying ''ohhhhhh my apeal? mr.sewag.cheap cricketers......

  • POSTED BY yash9215 on | February 21, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    That was very gracious of India and they have once again showed they have a lot of character in them.But India and Sehwag need to realize that other teams are not so good and humble as they think they are.We must play smart and you would have done nothing wrong if you had appealed.Its in the rule of the game.You guys are'nt realizing that you are only making it more difficult for yourselves to reach the finals now.

  • POSTED BY seantells on | February 21, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Shewag doesnt know what he's talking, that guy didnt warn but added disgrace to gentlemans game

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | February 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I can't believe that Mankad is allowed by the ICC rules. Whatever happened to preserving the spirit of the game? I can understand it if the team batting second needs one or two runs of the last ball but in the first innings, it shouldn't be allowed.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Sehwag did a big blunder. Withdrawing the appeal in that situation is not wise .Its a part of the game. Finally it cost a game for India.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    srilankan stopped shewag from getting century by bowling no ball. Where is their sprint of game.?. Srilankan doestnt deserve these

  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | February 21, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    New match new topic.Bad there is no 5 ball over or rain to whine about!

  • POSTED BY Homer2007 on | February 21, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    What business do the umpires have asking the Indians to reconsider a legitimate appeal? Umpires are there to make judgements, not indulge in moral debates. Happened in England, has happened here. Either ICC cracks the whip on its umpiring panel and upholds rules or explicitly states that every appeal by the Indians will be a philosophical debate on the merits or lack thereof of said appeal. Either way, this absurdity has to end.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    please drop jadeja from team & include shewag

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    correction to my previous post . it's tiwari who need to be given chances in odis rather than jaddeja .