Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Dambulla August 16, 2010

Randiv no-ball was deliberate - Sehwag

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India's comfortable victory over Sri Lanka has been soured by a controversy over Suraj Randiv's massive no-ball, which proved to be the winning run and left Virender Sehwag stranded on 99, though the batsman slammed it over long-off for a six. Sehwag celebrated what would have been century No. 13, only to be told later the six didn't count. After the match, he said Randiv had bowled the no-ball deliberately, and that the move "has no place in good cricket".

"Yes, it was done deliberately," Sehwag said, shedding the blase attitude with which he had reacted to the incident immediately after the match. "Because [of the size of the no-ball] ... that much from the crease. Till now in Test matches he hasn't bowled a no-ball [Randiv bowled two at the P Sara Oval], he hasn't bowled no-balls in one-day cricket, on 99 only why did he bowl a no-ball? And not a small no-ball, not a small margin, from one foot ahead."

Sehwag had blasted 29 of India's 33 runs in four overs leading up to the 34th to move to 99, and the team was five short of the target. He has reached several of his famous hundreds with sixes, including the maiden triple-century by an Indian in Tests, and there was an air of anticipation in Dambulla as Randiv started the 34th over. The first ball slipped past the batsman outside off and beat Sangakkara as well for four byes to bring the scores level. The next two deliveries were carved straight to the point fielder, before Randiv overstepped by about a foot to end the match; Sehwag's six off the no ball was futile.

"They [Sri Lanka] have done it because no team wants anybody to score hundreds against them," Sehwag said, "but they did that, they are happy and we are happy, we won the game, we got the bonus point."

When asked whether he felt Randiv had instructions from senior team members to bowl the no-ball, Sehwag said this was the second time Sri Lanka had ended a match by giving away extras to deny an Indian batsman a century. Sachin Tendulkar had finished unbeaten on 96 in a one-dayer against Sri Lanka in Cuttack last year after the match ended with Lasith Malinga bowling a wide down the leg side which went to the fine-leg boundary.

"I'm not the captain of the opposing team, so I can't say, but something must have been said by either the captain or the senior team members," Sehwag said. "It has happened before, when Sachin Tendulkar was left on 99 not out [actually 96] in Cuttack, they bowled four wides down the leg side This is not the first time Sri Lanka has done this, they may have done it with other teams but with India it is the second time."

Kumar Sangakkara denied playing any role in the incident. "I hope it was not deliberate," he said. "That's not the way I would like to play cricket. If that was intentional, and I have to find out about that, it has got no place on the field of cricket. I will also have to see if there was any talk about it on the field prior to that delivery."

Sangakkara also defended Randiv, saying the offspinner was not the sort of person to bowl a deliberate no-ball. "Knowing Suraj, he is a really nice guy. I have no doubt that it was not intentional. Maybe he was trying to bowl the doosra, and maybe get some bounce off it. But if there has been some talk about it on the field before the start of that delivery by other players, or maybe a bit of coaxing, I will have to address that very, very strongly in the dressing room."

Sehwag said he was not aware of the rule that stipulated the match was over once the no-ball was bowled, though it counts as a delivery faced. Sangakkara also appeared bemused by the rule, saying it had robbed Sehwag of a century. "I think if a batsman scores the runs, he scores the runs, whether it is a no-ball or not. I think if he scores runs off it, it should count for the batsman. The way Viru batted, he deserved to get a hundred."

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • sirasa99 on August 17, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    indians are talking abt the spirit of the game.but every time they celebrate a wicket is not a pleseant...i mean lokking badly to thebatsman and saying some bad words.....this is not a way to cricket and which bad reaction shuld stop indians...then we accepat your spirit of the game.

  • FAB_ALI on August 17, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Sri lanka has axed their own feet, Bcoz if sehwag missed a century it becomes due. thats what happened in tests. He got out on 99 in one match & scored a ton in next match.maybe the next one is coming against Lanka on 22nd or in the final. Randiv will realise his mistake then only losing another game to hands of Viru. He should have rather tried to get sehwag out as he did in tests.

  • ChenduPhali on August 17, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    All those who are saying Randiv didnt know about no-ball rule, well, just tell me, when a bowler bowls a no-ball, how far his foot usually goes beyond the line. I think hardly more than 5-10 cms. Even Randiv's 2 no-balls in test showcasts that. Forget the front foot which is way beyond the line(more than 1 feet), here Randiv's back foot was nearly touching the line. What would u say on that. How much a bowler will make mistake in his run-up. At least we will expect it from a faster on one odd day, but from a spinner? And dont blame Dhoni. Every Batsman in the world helps his partner to get his century thoroughly deserved. Finally to Sri Lankan players, please grow up. Its not about personal records as Sehwag himself will never care about his hundreds. He has shown it in the 2nd test recently. but where in sportsmanship, will u rate this incident that too from a team which has won 2 fair play awards?

  • INDIAN_TIIGER on August 17, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Srilanakan's are always poor sportmen. They never play with true sportsmen spirit. This is only one of the example. the other one is , when they smashed 952 runs in Tests. Well, there is no need to make this kind of score and make the Test dead. But they were playing to make record only. and what if India has played same game and kept murali away from 800 wickets... any one from India can throw his wicket because india was anyway loosing that game. But no one did that. because some of these milestons person can achieve only once in life time. Shame on Srilanka. and perticularly on RANDIV.

  • TikoloFan on August 17, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    I always appreciate smart thinking in sports- whether Suarez of Uruguay's handball in fifa 2010, or 1981 underarm bowling, or sehwag kicking the ball to boundary or Randiv's noball. These incidents have just exposed the flaws in rules. Correct them and move on. Though little thing that bothers me is- SRL player's action was very personal against Sehwag and didn't do it to for winning cause.

    And justification by some people that Randiv bowled 2 legal balls is just lame.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Wasn't Sehwag acting all modest earlier (which I appreciated) saying he doesn't make a big deal out it and stuff? And now he seems to be on and on with his whining. Come on, as much as I'm against the possibly deliberate not-so-sportsman-like act, its just a game, move on and quit complaining.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    @PaddyMohan - sure ... only indians will play. SL board would get bankrrupt if BCCI denies to play in SL. and SL players would be banned from playing IPL.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    ShankarPalaniyandi, very well said.. but can you explain why the ball was counted in the number of balls played by Sehwag... May be Convinience at its best.. isn't it??

  • Lion_of_Lanka on August 17, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    1st of all to the person who said Malinga & Murali chucks because of their bowling action - You clearly don't know cricket rules so better learn what chucking is before commenting. Was it sportsman like of Sehwag to criticize Bangladesh before a tournament,A country that knocked them out of the last WC along with SL? Is it sportsman like to dance in front of the batsman and taunt him like Sreesanth does? Is it sportsman like to sledge the batsman after a bouncer like Ishan does. As for murali's case, Please, you didnt gift his 800th wicket. Sure the Indians didnt get out to other bowlers because they wanted to hang in there and hope for rain to save the match. Sehwag is a big baby who whines just because he couldnt get his 100. If Randhiv wanted to deny his 100 why did he bowl 2 legal deliveries before the no ball. Think... Oh yeah cricinfo dont publish this comment as well because it points out the truth. So much for being biased.

  • Samaprab on August 17, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    All are talking about sportmemship & spirit of indian players. I think all of them have missed the IPL match between KXIP & MI in year 2008..... Nothing more to say on this...

  • sirasa99 on August 17, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    indians are talking abt the spirit of the game.but every time they celebrate a wicket is not a pleseant...i mean lokking badly to thebatsman and saying some bad words.....this is not a way to cricket and which bad reaction shuld stop indians...then we accepat your spirit of the game.

  • FAB_ALI on August 17, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Sri lanka has axed their own feet, Bcoz if sehwag missed a century it becomes due. thats what happened in tests. He got out on 99 in one match & scored a ton in next match.maybe the next one is coming against Lanka on 22nd or in the final. Randiv will realise his mistake then only losing another game to hands of Viru. He should have rather tried to get sehwag out as he did in tests.

  • ChenduPhali on August 17, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    All those who are saying Randiv didnt know about no-ball rule, well, just tell me, when a bowler bowls a no-ball, how far his foot usually goes beyond the line. I think hardly more than 5-10 cms. Even Randiv's 2 no-balls in test showcasts that. Forget the front foot which is way beyond the line(more than 1 feet), here Randiv's back foot was nearly touching the line. What would u say on that. How much a bowler will make mistake in his run-up. At least we will expect it from a faster on one odd day, but from a spinner? And dont blame Dhoni. Every Batsman in the world helps his partner to get his century thoroughly deserved. Finally to Sri Lankan players, please grow up. Its not about personal records as Sehwag himself will never care about his hundreds. He has shown it in the 2nd test recently. but where in sportsmanship, will u rate this incident that too from a team which has won 2 fair play awards?

  • INDIAN_TIIGER on August 17, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Srilanakan's are always poor sportmen. They never play with true sportsmen spirit. This is only one of the example. the other one is , when they smashed 952 runs in Tests. Well, there is no need to make this kind of score and make the Test dead. But they were playing to make record only. and what if India has played same game and kept murali away from 800 wickets... any one from India can throw his wicket because india was anyway loosing that game. But no one did that. because some of these milestons person can achieve only once in life time. Shame on Srilanka. and perticularly on RANDIV.

  • TikoloFan on August 17, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    I always appreciate smart thinking in sports- whether Suarez of Uruguay's handball in fifa 2010, or 1981 underarm bowling, or sehwag kicking the ball to boundary or Randiv's noball. These incidents have just exposed the flaws in rules. Correct them and move on. Though little thing that bothers me is- SRL player's action was very personal against Sehwag and didn't do it to for winning cause.

    And justification by some people that Randiv bowled 2 legal balls is just lame.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Wasn't Sehwag acting all modest earlier (which I appreciated) saying he doesn't make a big deal out it and stuff? And now he seems to be on and on with his whining. Come on, as much as I'm against the possibly deliberate not-so-sportsman-like act, its just a game, move on and quit complaining.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    @PaddyMohan - sure ... only indians will play. SL board would get bankrrupt if BCCI denies to play in SL. and SL players would be banned from playing IPL.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    ShankarPalaniyandi, very well said.. but can you explain why the ball was counted in the number of balls played by Sehwag... May be Convinience at its best.. isn't it??

  • Lion_of_Lanka on August 17, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    1st of all to the person who said Malinga & Murali chucks because of their bowling action - You clearly don't know cricket rules so better learn what chucking is before commenting. Was it sportsman like of Sehwag to criticize Bangladesh before a tournament,A country that knocked them out of the last WC along with SL? Is it sportsman like to dance in front of the batsman and taunt him like Sreesanth does? Is it sportsman like to sledge the batsman after a bouncer like Ishan does. As for murali's case, Please, you didnt gift his 800th wicket. Sure the Indians didnt get out to other bowlers because they wanted to hang in there and hope for rain to save the match. Sehwag is a big baby who whines just because he couldnt get his 100. If Randhiv wanted to deny his 100 why did he bowl 2 legal deliveries before the no ball. Think... Oh yeah cricinfo dont publish this comment as well because it points out the truth. So much for being biased.

  • Samaprab on August 17, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    All are talking about sportmemship & spirit of indian players. I think all of them have missed the IPL match between KXIP & MI in year 2008..... Nothing more to say on this...

  • Samaprab on August 17, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    @ roshini vass dont you remember Randiv has bawled 3 legal diliveries to sehwag before his no ball? You said that 4byes were also intentional.it was low & not only sanga even sehwag(on 99 with that kind of form) has missed it.it was not a wide & missed by both batsmen & wicket keeper.randiv bawled 2 legal diliveries after that & because of sanga's field settings he couldn't get it away.according to you sanga should spread the feild & give sehwag a easy single to register his ton & their victory. Is that what you mean by 'spirit'?

  • dissapointed on August 17, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Too ANY country who wants to discuss sportsmanship in cricket, it's dead and has been for a very long time. The brutish histrionics came from first of all ENgland with Fred Trueman and later the Australians headed by Dennis Lillee.

    Poor sportsmanship simply was bread from the bodyline series by the English to combat a team that they couldn't compete with fairly. Later on, Gavaskar started a new low of walking off and nearly forfeiting a match for not liking a plumb LBW.

    Since then, it's all got political, and yes India, you're mainly responsible this time around and the game is suffering for it. Personal reward, statistics is more important than a fair game. More important to deny that a racial remark was made to save face than be men about it and admit the wrong.

    SO a guy bowled a no ball to deny a guy 100, who cares?

  • maxacrick on August 17, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    @Mariakutty : No offence dude… it's true that randiv might have done sumthing bad and both SLC n him apologized for that. But the point is that u all are committing like your cricketers play for the spirit of the game… how many times sachin got the benefit from the umpires decisions? Even though he knows he is out he has never walked off but look at sanga, how many times he walked off before umpire gives the decision? Can't you guys remember Harbhajan slapped one of your own players???? Trust me guys that won't happen in Sri Lanka..

    p.s. Sanga shouted saying "EKA DENNA EPA" that means STOP GIVING THE SINGLE, that DOESN'T mean STOP GIVING THE HUNDRED. Guys pls don't post such comments. It seems Roshini or whatever can't understand Sinhala very well… :-)

  • va_jatt on August 17, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    i only c spirit of the game in pakistanis... eating ball by afridi ,, shoaib akhter ,, umar tufeeq ,,kamran akmal.. sohail tanveer,, javed miandad,, are the examples of spirits of the games.. lol jokers

  • the_blue_android on August 17, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    To Everyone who is asking " What if Sehwag got out to a No ball, should he be given out?". The answer is NO. That's because its not out under normal circumstances which is a batsman being out of a no ball where as the runs of a no ball are given under normal circumstances.

  • a133936 on August 17, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    To all the Indian fans harping about sportsman spirit ..... you must have forgetten that Sehwag himself was not far above when he deliberately kicked the ball over the ropes against South Africa and declared it a boundary to the umpires.... just keep Hashim Amla away from the strike? Anybody whined then?

  • CiMP on August 17, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Nothing else matters. Revert to the old rule from this half baked 'sudden-death' rule. Also stop making rules for a single scenario. No rule is fool proof. So make it work in the course of the natural course of the game.

  • Peter_Walters on August 17, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    I think we should not read too much into their actions. However, it proves that Randiv did not have the confidence to get Sehwag out... Whereas Sehawag had the confidence to hit him for a six to get his century. Asking Sehwag why he did not hit him for a six of the previous two deliveries tantamounts to asking Randiv why he did not bowl a dot ball after those two deliveries. If I were Randiv, I would have flighted the ball and got him out as Sehwag is known to aim a six to get his 100, 150, 200, 250, or 300.

  • sam_the_man on August 17, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Geez.. Sehwag has a big ego. Wants to be center of attraction. A great player like Tendulkar would never have complained like this.

  • Jim1207 on August 17, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    @People balming Sehwag against SA match: Sehwag kicked the ball to the boundary to make no.11 batsman face bowlers. It is equal to the batman scoring single last ball of every over to keep no.11 out of focus. Both are dull plays but not against the spirit of cricket. Because both teams play to win the game and it is one of the tactics used. But bowling a no-ball deliberately to deny a personal record of an opposition player cannot be termed as a sweet cricket. And, sehwag cannot be blamed for his act against SA, SA did not make a point of that because its not against spirit of cricket. If you people use that as a point against sehwag, it only means that people do not regret and bad things might still happen in circket. But Randiv told sorry and thats a good sportsmanship, who would get guts to say so? Only fans are raging against each other, even Sehwag told everything in right spirit, he wasn't a cry baby or BCCI tried to make this an issue. However, SLC must have not have apoligized.

  • SnowSnake on August 17, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    @Paddy Mohan. The difference between Indian fans and most SL fans is that, barring few exceptions, Indian fans stick to the truth and criticize players no mattar what team they belong. Just see what happend to Jadeja when India lost against NZ. The criticism against Randiv is fair. I think you are engaging in "group think" where no matter what SL does you want to claim that it is right. If India screws up, Indian fans will be criticizing Indian team as well. Indian fans don't engage in "group think" and support their team unconditionally. Indian fans were geneunily happy about Murli's 800 wickets. A fair game is necessary to improve quality and encourage players into playing well. Bad behavior, if rewarded, encourages only more bad behavior. So, penalizing bad behavior is necessary regardless of nationality of a cricket player.

  • gillbart on August 17, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    1. When a fielder DELIBERATELY pushes the ball beyond the boundary, the bowling team is penalised by awarding the batting team with 5 runs whether the batting team wins or not by then. One solid example for this is the second test match against South Africa in Calcutta, 2010. 2. Randiv has DELIBERATELY over-stepped the crease inorderto increase the batting team's score by one run so that the match would get over. Considering the act of DELIBERACY, in my opinion, the bowling team should get penalised by awarding the batting team with as many runs that are scored by the batsman. 3. After all, when a bowler no-balls, it is included in the number of balls faced by the batsman. When a no-ball is included in the tally of number of balls, the number of runs scored is also supposed to be included. 4. True, the match has been won before the six, but the ball is still NOT yet dead. I therefore request the ICC to look into it and do justice by adding those SIX runs to Sehwag's score.

  • IlMagnifico on August 17, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    "Knowing Suraj, he is a really nice guy. I have no doubt that it was not intentional.." Yeah, and you, sir, are a first cousin of Mickey Mouse. The above sentences have as much value in the argument as a pound of horse-manure in your living room. Stop with the platitudes, own up to your jealousy and sour-loser attitude. Sehwag beat the crepe out of you and you just can not stand it.

  • on August 17, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    srilankan fans! play cricket in right spirit thats all every one wanted, delibarately doing things is comitting a sin and that is what exactly done by sangakkara, sehwag is right in blaming randiv and sanga whats wrong in this, what do u expect, if the same thing would have done by indian player whole srillanka would have cried, coman srilankan fans grow up! stop making mistakes instead of crying on indian fans. anyways srilankans can only knows to bat n bowl in srilanka! just think when ur tea, has won a test seris in india. ridiculous. grow grow grow srilanks u have long way to go before complaining on indian fans. cheers

  • gillbart on August 17, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    1. When a fielder DELIBERATELY pushes the ball beyond the boundary, the bowling team is penalised by awarding the batting team with 5 runs whether the batting team wins or not by then. One solid example for this is the second test match against South Africa in Calcutta, 2010. 2. Randiv has DELIBERATELY over-stepped the crease inorderto increase the batting team's score by one run so that the match would get over. Considering the act of DELIBERACY, in my opinion, the bowling team should get penalised by awarding the batting team with as many runs that are scored by the batsman. 3. After all, when a bowler no-balls, it is included in the number of balls faced by the batsman. When a no-ball is included in the tally of number of balls, the number of runs scored is also supposed to be included. 4. True, the match has been won before the six, but the ball is still NOT yet dead. I therefore request the ICC to look into it and do justice by adding those SIX runs to Sehwag's score.

  • Singhe on August 17, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    I love Viru. However, he is the real culprit of his demise here, and, he is creating an uproar. He was determined to get a century off a six and SL was determined not to give him a six. They gave gave him the opportunity for his single: he refused. He did NOT know his six will NOT count once the single from the deliberate no-ball ended the game: he got embarrased when he found out. He at first said the right things, then he got bitter and SL management started over-reacting and the rhetoric snow-balled after that. Viru, time to be quiet. Regardless, SL need to stop denying batsmen centuries by giving away extras: they have done this consistently over the years under all thier captains. Instead, continue to play hard and use the deliveries to try and get him out. Oh..Sanga...stop lying after the games: you are above that!!

  • cricketcrazee on August 17, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    @ShankarPalaniyandi...what wouldl be ur comment if on the same ball sehwag had got out stumped.......

  • Kushh on August 17, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    @ShankarPalaniyan ok then randiv shouldv just over setpped the line without bowing n say game over sucker to sehwag.. rule is stupid...

  • rko_rules on August 17, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I am sure, the bowl before this incident, that went for 4 byes, even that was on purpose by Sangakara. Because, you see guys, you can not plan for this when opposition has only 5 runs to win, but seeing the opportunity, sanga missed it deliberately and it went for 4 byes and after that Randiv knew what he should do (obviously,to bowl a no ball). I think, here is a lesson for team India that the bhaayichara(brotherly hood behavior) they were showing to Lankans in test matches,especially in the first test where they gifted 8 wickets to Murali, any team could have saved Murali from getting 8 wickets in his last test, but not India, they gifted him that feat and now look what they have got from lankans. I hope Indians will keep this incident in mind and whenever they get opportunity against lankans, they will settle the scores with them and Sehwag score century against them..

  • SaudAlvi on August 17, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Sehwag deserves this 100, the rule it self makes little sense to me. As for Sri Lanka , poor poor poor ... that is no way a good team like them should act very sorry for the way they ended it.

  • Swaroopkeyan on August 17, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    SL proved to be sore losers.... Shame on Sangakarra.. He made Randiv the Scapegoat & was like a kid caught steeling chocolates when he was asked abt the incident in presentation... & he blamed it on the other kid... I'm sure that Randiv wouldn't be brave enough to do that if they hadn't planned it b4 the start of the over... 4 byes & sanga acting as if he missed it.. Then Randiv aborting his run up b4 the second ball was bowled... he was confused whether to do it.. But the inspiration from one of his mates b4 the 4th ball which was caught on the stump mic finally made him commit this unforgivable sin.. This SL team under Sanga is a disgrace to world cricket

  • cskfangg on August 17, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Oh god...I didnt except this from lankans.. Most of lankans said that they won spirit of cricket award.. but after this, Srilankan cricket team has to be banned forever...that is the award they deserved... They never even have sportsmanship to play at Guily cricket level...

  • pargat89 on August 17, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    To all sri lankans who question indian sportsman spirit, i want to remind them, in india-sri lanka test series this year. India could have denied murli's 800th wicket by being out by some other bowler. But Indians have better sportsman spirit than sri lankans. They gave murli chance to achieve the world record. This is what we call spirit of game. What sri lankans did yesterday, was really shamful.

  • AX863 on August 17, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    This Section Is Destroying The Unity Of The Game! I Kindly Request CricInfo To Stop This Before It Becomes Worse!

  • ShankarPalaniyandi on August 17, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    I see a lot of comments on the rule to be changed; there is absolutely nothing wrong in the rule. Whatever happens first should be considered and nothing more; in this scenario "no-ball" happened and so the game ends right there; end of story. This is similar to a ball which the batsman goes out of crease to drive and edges it to the keeper who stumps him. Is he caught or stumped? Of course "caught"; same way if he edges it to the slips and caught by the slipper who throws the ball on the stumps to run him out; is he caught or run-out; of course "caught". No change needed other than Randiv apoligising which he did; end of story and life is good. "Cricket is the winner always"! Enjoy it!!

  • Sach_is_Life on August 17, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    For those of u guys who r pointing out Sehwag's deliberate kick in SA's match ...that shows ur frustration more..That's for teams cause and thats what everybody will do..n that tells his desperation 2 win at any cost ....But this is Nonsense..It tells how frustrated ur SL Captain n ur players bcaz of losing 2 India all the time..that too in SL ..If any Indian player did this kind of thing just 2 stop some one 2 achieve what he deserved ..I would've never ever support him...n I'm sure most Indian fans agree with me..(n hey..there r always more Indians than anyone else 2 criticize Team India all the time) I can understand if they did something like this 2 WIN A MATCH..but just 2 stop a player 2 get his well deserved milestone..SHAME..Enough said..!!

  • brut on August 17, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    No matter of blaming Sehwag,what randiv did was not fair. Anybody who was watched the match knows that he bowled the no ball deliberately.Well played Sehwag.

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 17, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    At least Randiv had the dignity to apologize. Sehwag never apologized for his act against SA. Figure out who is worse!

  • on August 17, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Indian team and sportsmanship? What a joke... we always see the sportsmanship words that gautam ghambir brings out of mouth every time he gets out... teach him some spirit of cricket first.

  • euphony69 on August 17, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Whats the big deal.No need for SL to apologize to Sehwag. Is there a rule that says you are not allowed to do a noball when the batsman is at 99 ? Based on Shewags performance there is a probability he could have been out. He defended several balls when he is on 99. I guess ICC has to come up with a new rule if a player is at 99 you cannot do a noball. Get a grip people

    Sehwags comments are silly and this proves he is playing for a century than for the team

  • ShankarV on August 17, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Here's the ridiculous part of the whole thing. Sehwag admits that he did not know of the rule that he would be denied the runs; but he assumed that Suraj, who is a rookie, knew the rule, and used it to perversely deny Sehwag his century - yeah - right. If Sehwag is playing for the win rather than for personal records, his childish outburst comes across as whining - his outburst is a matter of fact (not opinion) - Suraj's lack of sportsmanship is a matter of opinion (not fact) - you decide which of the two is worth condemning (or condoning). Sehwag comes across as the bully in this case - getting the boards involved etc. what a joke. Shame on Sehwag. Sehwag certainly lacks Sunny's technique, but he has apparently picked up a few things from the other little master !!

  • on August 17, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    hahaha so all Cricket teams are cheaters except Indians rite? Australians are bad sport n racist, Pakistanis do ball tampering, now even SL is not spared. So why dont Indians play against themselves... how about say Ishant n Zaheer bowl and Sachin n Sehwag bat? This way there wont be any controversies and Indian fans can get unlimited happiness seeing their own folk bat and bowl 50 overs!!

  • Vishprav on August 17, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Say of the same no ball - Sehwag like he did steps forward... however...hypothetically if he had missed the ball and the keeper had the bails off in time...SeHwag is to be deemed out (u get Out of a stumping on a no-ball) - what happens is India wins by a 5 wicket margin thus affecting the net run-rate of the team in the tournament and making the competition stiffer.... Here the controversy is that the Match got over before the ball was bowled.. Will Sehwag be given out in that case???? I am dazzled...

  • Samaprab on August 17, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @ roshini how do you say that sanga's intention was not to give sehwag's 100? When there is only few runs to score if many overs are left most thems taking the field up to prevent singles.that can be the reoson why sanga said 'eka denna epa'( dont give the single).that's fair enough. feild is up.we are not give you easy singles.take a risk to get a boundry. How do u assume Randiv was aware about the no ball rule? Even after playing 11 years of ODI cricket sehwag said that he wasn't aware of that rule. randiv hasn't completed 11 months in ODI's yet.

  • msstrend on August 17, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    @randikaayya: If you want to deny a century to a batsman, get him out. Take his wicket like Wasim Akram did to Ganguly. That is called true sportsmanship. Fight till the last moment. Bowling a no-ball is childish. We don't do this even in the street cricket. Investigate the act of Randiv in the first place before you try to move off topic to investigate about Sehwag. What he said in my opinion is not wrong at all, Srilanka even asked to declare the match when Sachin is on 90's on day 5 when they toured India last time.

  • PrashantK93 on August 17, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    @ Rajiv Perera The thing that Sehwag did was to deny Amla strike not to deny him a century so that the match can be won but in this case there wasnt any question of winning and losing. if it was a normal no-ball everyone could have understood it but it was quite a big no-ball that also by a spinner.but Randiv apologised for it so no need to make an issue out of it. @ Sanjeewa Janaka Wijetunge Dont talk about celebrating a wicket you guys are no better than us. @ Srikanth Pan we can say that the no-ball was delibrate but about the byes i dont think so. the ball simply kept low.both the batsman and the keeper missed it.so the bye was not at all delibrate.

  • Sidath346 on August 17, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    @ Krunal Shah: dude, you are saying Sangakkara said he didn't know that rule. What about Sehwag, he's been playing cricket formore than a decade and he went on celebrating his 100 knowing that it was a no-ball which shows he never knew about it either. Also, we should not forget that Randiv had 3 deliveries to bowl and he could have easily bowled this no-ball in the 4th or 5th deliveries to deny Sehwag a 100. he never did that and how could he know that Sehwag would try and blast the last delivery for six. Also, as most players don't know about this rule, how could you expect Randiv ( who's played for about an year ) to know about it and instead of no-ball he could have just bowled a wide to deny a century. Sehwag really deserved that 100 but it was just unfortunate that this incident happened.

  • Venky_Virgo on August 17, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    It was a deliberate attempt to sabotage a player s century.. and by apologising , Randiv has acknowledged that.. so thats it.. just have to move on.. and just leave it to 24/7 news channels to harp on it endlessly.. infact it might be shown as as a bigger conspiracy theory than JFK assassination.!!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Indian, Take UDRS then we will beileve ur ''sprit of cricket''

  • nandydesikan on August 17, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Well, sharp tongues sledger Sanga and team....SL known for its team spirit degrading day by day eh.. you question India's world beating prowess and you get humiliated in your home soil like this and adding insult to injury....this rookie Randiv clashes with Sehwag in a different manner....

    Pull up socks mate...Sanga, Jayawardena....more focus on cricket....

  • EightBall on August 17, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    What's all this fuss? SL did nothing wrong. Of course they didn't want a 100 against them. What's more, Randiv had two dot balls prior to the no-ball. He probably said to himself, "Enough already, I need to get home."

    I assume that India tried denying Murali his 800. I hope they did. If they simply gave it to him, then that would be a very bad thing.

    This, on the other hand, doesn't seem wrong to me at all.

  • dharam.kapadia on August 17, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    It was all deliberate and a sick act from sri lankans i kinda liked the team and their performance till yesterdays incident

  • Samaprab on August 17, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Randiv hasn't completed 11 months in his Intl. Career. And he knew the no ball rule but shewag didn't know it & he has completed 11 years in his Intl. Career. Actually sanga also came in to Intl. Scene after shewag. Any way this rule is dreadful. If batsmen score runs it should be given to him any way.if that ball counted as a ball he faced why don't we give him the runs which he scored of it?

  • KTiwari on August 17, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    With this incident, Indian team and Shewag will be more hungry to beat SriLanka handsomly. So this can only be good for India and Sehwag already has 12 centries and one less will not make him any less of player though this incident adds some spice to this whole mundane series..... :))

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Well the villian in this case is ICC making this pathetic rule froget no balls if even 1 run is needed and batsman hits it for a six then all six runs should be awarded to the batsman plain and simple ad as far as spirit of cricket is concerned srilanka got that award out of the blue that was a fluke.I can remeber countless occasions of mr sangakkara fighting it out with others(with younus and afridi in july 09).Infact westindies deserve it more than lankans.

  • a133936 on August 17, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Now my question is ..... that if Randiv wanted to bowl a deliberate no-ball why did he not bowl it when he was bowling 2nd and 3rd ball of the over? Sehwag had a perfect chance to score a single on those two balls? Did Randiv knew in advance that sehwag will score on 3rd ball ... therefore he bowled an intentional no-ball??? I think, Indian fans are complaining for the sake of complaining!

  • Deepak.S on August 17, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Cant believe Sanga said he wasnt aware of it while he was d one who wanted it to happen..... check out Roshini's comment all u lankans.... and those who say indians dont deserve to speak about spirit of cricket etc etc... let me tel u one thing.. first of all i dont believe its true.. and secondly two wrongs dont make one right.... u were bad losers in this game and it was there for the people to see... not only did u lose the game but also the respect of ur own people n the rest of the world.. even arnold in the commentary box thot it was deliberate... I stil can remember that test match where lankans scored 900 odd runs just for the sake of record..goodness gracious me... i wonder how they got spirit of cricket award that many times...

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    that was the most disgusting thing i witnessed in recent days!! sri lankans themselves should ashamed of the unsportsman like behavior from randhir..also there is no action taken by the team captain,management or board officials...the act was cowardly and uncalled for...Suraj Randhir will always be a loser first before being anything else!

  • AjayB on August 17, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    I think a lot of comments are too polarized, either India bashers or jingoistic supporters. The point that is being missed here is the sportsmanship aspect of it. This kind of behaviour does not belong in international cricket. Whether it happens to an Indian via Sri Lanka or otherwise. If it were to save the match, it is understandable. In here it was a lost cause already and the behaviour cannot be condoned. It ranks on par with the declaration Atherton made when Hick was on 98. Cricket, inspite of all the crap that has crept in, is still a gentleman's game. It is not a good learning experience for a young player like Randiv to do such things. Remember two Indian players, Prabhakar and I do not remember who else, were banned for a match, for not playing the final over in a lost cause seriously. It is important to maintain the spirit of the game and that is where the angst comes from. Last world cup, Sri Lanka were voted the team with best spirit. Do not let that award go this time..

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Bloody Sangakara. He said in the presentation ceremony that he did not know the rules. BULL SHIT....

    He is the captain of a team which is number 3 in ICC test rankings. How can he not be aware of the rules? And if he seriously does not, than he has no rights to be the captain.

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Can't believe these Indians are talking like they play for sprit of the game. Shame on you guys. Tell us one good reason y u ppl don't like UDRS??? Indian team is the worst team when it comes to celebrating a wicket and all. really unpleasant to watch how they celebrate. For the record, Sri Lanka twice won the Spirit Of Cricket award and Indian team didn't win even once. So please don't talk about Sprit of the game, you ppl don't deserve to talk about that. Randiv has apologised and for goodness sake, put an end to this controversy now. And i'm rest assured we will kick the indian asses in the next couple of matches and will lift the Micromax Cup.... Don't tell i didn't warn you Indians!!!!! You will see what will happen...

  • Mariakutty on August 17, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Mr.maxacrick, have you gone mad. How can you criticize the Indians during the fall of a wicket when you have the Lankans making all sots of screechy noises the way Hyena`s do. Please be sporty and accept your defeat my dear friend.

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Everybody blaming Suraj Randiv & other lankan players for denying Sehwag the century, but Sehwag is no different.. why are we forgetting that he too deliberately pushed the ball for four runs todeny Amla from retaining the strike during the South Africa series.. forgot that??

    Sehwag earns dubious distinction as fielder

    Virender Sehwag earned the dubious distinction during the last day's play at the Eden Gardens on Thursday for deliberately kicking the ball away over the ropes, with the intention of keeping Hashim Amla him on strike.

    It was the fifth ball of Sachin Tendulkar's over, the South African innings' 130th , when Amla smacked a square off a short-pitched delivery. The ball raced away towards the fence but stopped just short of the boundary line. Sehwag intentionally kicked it over to deny opportunity to Amla to change ends. South Africa were on 284 for 9 at that time with Amla and No 11 Morne Morkel at the crease.

    The umpires decided to award South Africa four penalty runs

  • Chapel on August 17, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    I hope sehwag scores a double houndred in the next match against srilanka to take a sweet revenge. He really deserves that hundrered.

  • bGopinathanB.E on August 17, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    What an idiotic cricket law is this, when you say the no ball is counted with number of deliveries faced by batsman, then the score that he made of that ball must also be counted even though the match is over. Since the score of the bowler is increased by the way the batsman score must also be counted fully. Come ICC time to revist several things, such has bad light stadium and also poor pitches in srilanka.

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    @To all srilankan fans who are crtiscizing India,SLC and Randiv have aplozisied and Roshini one of srilankan fan has written that she heard that Sangakarra did shout to randiv,so it is proved that both the byes and the no ball were delibrate.Frankly speaking if he had been honest about it,it would hav been bettr and understood as a tactic.On othe other hand it reminds me whn Kumble took 10wckts,waquar suggested to wasim that they shud deny Kumble the glory by getting out to sum1 else,but waseem said that its a great landmark and we shuld be proud that a Asian would acheive it,This is the kind of spirt which is needed.

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    @Rohan Patel: Wow! Now that's a neat suggestion.

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    This is real expericence Virender Sehwag.................

    Virender Sehwag earned the dubious distinction during the last day's play at the Eden Gardens on Thursday for deliberately kicking the ball away over the ropes, with the intention of keeping Hashim Amla him on strike.

    It was the fifth ball of Sachin Tendulkar's over, the South African innings' 130th , when Amla smacked a square off a short-pitched delivery. The ball raced away towards the fence but stopped just short of the boundary line. Sehwag intentionally kicked it over to deny opportunity to Amla to change ends. South Africa were on 284 for 9 at that time with Amla and No 11 Morne Morkel at the crease.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 17, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Sanga is trying to be Aussie. Afater the second test, Sanga criticized India saying India has a bad/negative attitude. Now look at what sort of attitude he and his bowler has. I am sure Sanga adviced Randiv to ball a no ball puposeley. This is exactly the incident that Greg Chappel advised Trevor to bowl underarm to deny NZ to win with a six in the last ball of the last over in 1981. SLC should drop Sandiv for at least 3 matches and drop Sanga from the captaincy. I hate herafter watching SL cricket like Aussies.

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    To Andy2142, it's funny to say that last badsmen would have got themselves runout than giving Murali that wicket, I remember well, Myrali tried too hard to get that wicket and if I am not mistaken, India last pair batted more than 15 overs...then like u are trying to say, why India waited 15 overs to give it? During that time I remember Malinga had very closed chances...what happen, if a different bowler would have got that wicket and then Murali blamed India badsmen, then that would have been really funny....pls use ur cricket brain before trying to argue for nothing...India were then leading by nearly 100, so they never wanted to give that wicket to anyone, not Murali or runout...don't be silly to think that India gave that wicket to Murali...

    Whatever said here, if Randiv has done it deliberately (now seems he has), that's bad sprit of cricket.

  • Gnanapala on August 17, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Why the hell SL apologize to Shewag? What Dhoni did was, played defensive instead scoring a run just to give Shewag chance to make 100. Dhoni ridiculed SL by that action. Well done Suraj.

  • gandabhai on August 17, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    @ maxacrick or was that' maxathick '? Didn't you watch the last time they used the URDS system for Lanka v Ind . Lanka ended up with 90% of the decisions going in their favour , why , Because ultimately its the third umpire who makes the final decision . That umpire was , you guessed it from the same country as the 'HONEST' & sportsmanlike sanga,mahela & co .

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    what a nasty cricket played by the SRILANKAN's......mainly SURAJ RANDHIV ...he should not be given a single chance play the cricket at this level as he doesn't have gamemanship.....he is the hatest one in cricket for me....and his no ball to Sehwag...god even back foot was about to cross the line....damn to RANDIV..

  • MrCrane on August 17, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Already dwindling reputation of Srilankan team has dealt another blow. The 4 byes and the deliberate no ball(it was almost 1 feet away from popping crease)shows the character of team or rather lack of it. Shame on Srilanka and its team. They should remember there is something known as Spirit of the Game.

  • kevivnajar on August 17, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    i dont agree with rjrams below.. Aus and pak are the worse teams to play with game spirit.. Dont you remember India's tour of Australia with Kumble as captain.?? where Kumble told in the post-match that only one team played to the spirit.. there is a seperate wiki page for that contraversial tour (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Test,_2007-08_Border-Gavaskar_Trophy) .. and Pakistan ?? people have forgot how they won the 1992 world cup.. Imran khan himself has admitted to most of their wrong doings.. including ball tampering (using soda during drinks break to turn the ball)

    For this issue, as a fan pointed out in cricinfo commentary, when the no-ball was added to sewag's balls-faced, why not the runs ? its a loop hole in the icc rules.

    And i do believe it is deliberate.. though i never saw what happened before that ball, as our TV guys play an ad before each delivery.. that footage shd show if anyone spoke to Randiv in the gap..!!

  • AX863 on August 17, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Soo Proud At My Point Of View! Specially Shewag! Ok! Randiv Has Done A Wrong Unacceptable Wrong,But You Should Not Speak Like That!

    Shewag! Learn From Sanath And Sachin!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 17, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    I do believe it was poor sportsmanship and should not be tolerated BUT where were all these comments when Sehwag KICKED THE BALL across the boundary vs SA in a test in order to keep Amla off strike? Sehwag is one of those players who live by the sword and thus should not be leading hunts against such incidents. I thought SA took his little stunt rather well.

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on August 17, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    One thing is certain that this chap Randiv & his kind in the lankan team can never be a great player like Muralitharan, Sachin, or Warne. So why comment on such cheap mentals. Let them dig their own grave. But now the Indian board & players have to show the lankans their true worth in the international cricket heiarchy. Look at Pakistan, ruined financially after 26/11.

  • orlurmsana on August 17, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    All indian fans must be upset that "Another Indian" is denied a century on a dead asian pitch. I am waiting for the day when these guys start scoring centuries on quick tracks.

  • PradhanS on August 17, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    If India would have been thought the same in the final test of Murali,then Murali would have stranded on 799 wickets and not 800,Lankans please be sportive ;-)

  • randikaayya on August 17, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    @Narendra Shah: You are kidding right??? Sri Lanka didn't allow this Indian and that to score a century :) So whats the point of playing international cricket, to have Indians scoring centuries?? The Indian press like cricinfo are earning their dough by feeding the deflated egos of the Indian masses! Its laughable to outsiders though

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on August 17, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    From the days of Ranatunga & Mendis the lankans have a hateful mentality towards Indians. Remember how Jayasurya & co. batted on for 900 odd runs in a test innings without declaring & how PM Rajiv Gandhi was attacked in lanka. Due to our excessive politeness & courtsey the lankans have taken us for granted & are not shying away from insulting us. The amount of money they are milking by playing India again & again is not a good gesture in their eyes & from which Indian players are not gaining anything by playing sub-standard competitors.Instead playing Australia will guarantee competitive cricket. Look at Pakistan, the moment India stopped playing with them, they are ruined financialy & their cricket is in disarray. Now is time to show the Lankan board & players their true place in the cricket heiarchy & let us show the weight of 1.25 billion people to them.

  • Praszzgsk on August 17, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Its really funny to see that Shewag is complainig about this 100. What I feel is he really values his 100 than india victory. Its dificult to blame after shewag couldn't score with two legal deliveries and blaming for the 3rd delivery. So grow up guys. If Randiv has done its intentional its bad. But he appologised due to humanity..... So why you want to talk about it alot.

  • JustIPL on August 17, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    It is as bad as bowling those negativelines that Kumble ofthen maintained. Randiv's deliberate no ball was a surprise.

  • harryspooner on August 17, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    1up for rohan patel :). how about a free hit for every 1st ball of his career :)

  • dmfc on August 17, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    What???... Apologize for what? I´m quite sure Suraj didn't apologize to the Indian wholeheartedly, I'm sure someone in the board forced him to do so. Suraj is a tougher cricketer than that, from what I've seen so far from him. most of our cricketers our tough but there are some elements in the board that hold the good/tough cricketers back from their true spirit of the game, spirit that wins games and not come in 2nd place. ha... Spirit of cricket award, We don't want spirit of cricket awards we want champions who triumph above all. We want tough cricketers. Our team is certainly not tough enough when it comes down to crunch time, that's exactly why we lost yesterday. we had a good score but was not tough enough to defend it. Sehwag, Boo… Hoo… go to your room & cry. So you missed out on a hundred so what. you are such a whimpy cry baby. Huge huge mistake by SL board(puppy dogs) to apologize for something like that. oh how ignorance is bliss... allround

  • harryspooner on August 17, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    ok maxaprick,maybe as you said "Indian team is the worst team when it comes to celebrating a wicket and al" may be we ll get to hire some of your prima-donna cricketers to learn from, ppl could clearly make out songakkara saying something bout 'sehwag' and '100' be4 randi-v bowled the ball. no brownie points for stopping the 100, we won..

  • on August 17, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    POOOR CRY BABY, see who is speaking out LOUD on the GENTLEMEN'S GAME, someone should play here ANil Kumble's 10 Wickets in Delhi test here plzz, see thir gentlemen and "gentle umpires" , and see their 'gentle fans' showing display of spirit of cricket by throwing stones at lankans and abusing Andrew Symond, or their Shiv Sina invading the pitch before a Pak India Match... what a pitty... And ppl criticizing Kumara Sangakara and his captaincy please review the gentle years of captaincy of the great gentleman captain Saurav Ganguly who very gently never accepted any of his oppositions in his after match gentleman speeches... whatever happened was shameful but at least India got the taste of their own medicine...

    Now I hope the GentleMen of Indian cricket administration will show their gentlemen tactic by isolation Srilankan team on international level using their strong economy and Ban their players in IPL.

    I must say what a Gentle Man Nation with best of spirit for Gentleness ;)

  • vikaswatane on August 17, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    I know we all are disappointed including Sehwag. If he had have scored 100 that would be have been perfect for us. However, these things are part of the game and I think, we as an "Indian" should not give so much focus to it. We should be more happy that we won the match. In my opinion Shri Lankan weren't totally wrong. Every team try to stop opponent players getting records(like Randiv did in this match :- a bad sportsmanship) and also every team try to help team mates to achieve these goals(like Dhoni did in this match & in past, Srinath did for Kumble to get 10 wickets :- also a bad sportsmanship). So it's a fair or unfair incident for both teams. Only thing is, in Yesterdays match Shri-Lankan were succeeded.

  • amin.bintory on August 17, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    If I was a bowler and a batsmen is trying to score a 100 off my bowling with 1 run to win, I would definitely bowl a wide or no ball. Who cares about the spirit of cricket and all that jazz when you're losing a match? But the rule definitely needs a looksey as the ball being counted and not the runs is absurd. What Suraj Randiv did, was done by our very own great Anil Kumble back in 1993 when he incidently (just like Randiv) was taking his first steps in cricket! I'm trying to rememeber the batsman and the exact match.. But the point is, Randiv can't be blamed. The rule has to be changed. Bowlers will always be bowlers and they hate it if someone tries to score winning runs or make a century.

  • firdausahmed on August 17, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Hats off to sehwag,he showed great maturity & mental strength in difficult conditions to overcome srilankans.Let me give you one scenario.If 8 runs were needed of the last ball & randiv bowls a no-ball,shewag hits the ball for a six as was the situation yesterday.It wolud have been counted as 7 runs & a free hit for over stepping.Then the scores would have been levelled & India would have required 1 run of the last ball,which is a free hit to seal the match.If my statement is correct then sehwag should be awarded the century & ICC should look into the book of laws & amend it with immediate effect,there should be no time wasting on this issue. What randiv did was against the spirit of the game,but he did his best to stop sehwag from reaching his century.It shows the "Never say die" attitude of the srilankan player,which we indian players sometimes lack.

  • WhiteRaven on August 17, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    @cricfan100 .. the same Dhoni was bashed by media when sachin was heading to 200 and Dhoni was hitting boundaries and two's... now i'd say this is dual standards.

  • dmfc on August 17, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    What???... Apologize for what? I´m quite sure Suraj didn't apologize to the Indian wholeheartedly, I'm sure someone in the board forced him to do so. Suraj is a tougher cricketer than that, from what I've seen so far from him. most of our cricketers our tough but there are some elements in the board that hold the good/tough cricketers back from their true spirit of the game, spirit that wins games and not come in 2nd place. ha... Spirit of cricket award, We don't want spirit of cricket awards we want champions who triumph above all. We want tough cricketers. Our team is certainly not tough enough when it comes down to crunch time, that's exactly why we lost yesterday. we had a good score but was not tough enough to defend it. Sehwag, Boo… Hoo… go to your room & cry. So you missed out on a hundred so what. Huge huge mistake by SL board(puppy dogs) to apologize for something like that. oh how ignorance is bliss... allround

  • andy2142 on August 17, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Janaka Kumara, read this. You were very quick in judging that Sehwag was silly and stupid for celebrating his century and not knowing the no ball rule despite playing the game for ten years and 'innocent baby boy' Randiv should not be blamed because he is a newcomer. There can be a very simple explanation as Sehwag could not have known that it was a no ball and 'innocent' Randiv could have been coached by his 'not so innocent' team mates (more than 10 years experience) to bowl it. If you follow this more likely explanation, who looks silly and stupid now!!!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    I totally agree with maxacric. indians talking about spirit of the game??? joke of the century. They are the most disgustingt and worst unsporty idiots when losing. remember the 1996 world cup game with Sri lanka? Vinod kambli cried not being able to take up defeat. and what did the fans do. They set fire to the pavilion and threw bottles at players. And some of the cricketers houses were set ablaze by angry fans.Look at the way players like harbhajan and that joker zaheer khan behaves when a wicket is taken. It is disgusting. on the otherhand we Sri lankans are sporty and whether win or lose we play music and enjoy the game. Murali after taking 800 wickets is so humble. Randiv may have done it purposely in an isolated occasion but that is not the general perception of Sri lankans

  • kasunnilanka on August 17, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    sri lanka cricket officials don't have backbones to defend suraj randiv.that's why they got so upset than indians.shame on u Mr. nishantha ranathunga .slc officials standing on their knees and worshipping to BCCI

  • neilbrag on August 17, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    1.As Rightly said to the above as the Indians did give Murli a chance to go on for 800 test wickets n it was cent % deliberately done for the no ball of the last over for sewagh to score a century. 2. A noball is not a dead ball scoring runs from his own bat should have been given to him. In a no ball stealing a run when the batsman hasnt reached back to the crease is given as runout!!! funny isint it when he is denied it for a six...? And Sangakara says that Indians dont deserve the 1st place in Test. He himself is a darpook by denying sewagh for a six instead he should have told the bowler to get is wicket if they feel that they are better than us..in test or whatever the format of the game in cricket...

  • FIPL on August 17, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    @ Mohammed Anes : are you joking??? "Sangakkara a gentleman", I am pretty sure he was the part of that "NO BALL". After he got captaincy he become "Buffoon". In Aisa Cup he denied Shahid Afridi a Runner which is not a great spirit of the game if you wanted to know what is gentleman mean watch English Domestic T20 final where Trescothik offer runner to opposite team in the final needed only 1 run to WIN. On Shewag yes he played beautifully and really deserve 100 to his name. also couldn't understand the rule from ICC, if he score runs, he score runs no doubt about it

  • _daredevils on August 17, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    it is not at all fair in cricket....if the no ball was counted as a ball then even the runs should have been counted...the srilankans have done it also in the past. I hope they dont repeat that again

  • vijujack on August 17, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    I'm an ardent cricket fan who enjoys the game for its purity & spirit rather than be parochial; i definitely heard some instructions in Sinhalese picked up by the stump microphone (am sure every TV viewer would have heard it too). As mentioned by others in here this is not the first time SL has done it- whether it is right or wrong this is not cricket in its pure form. Sidath Wetuminy said in Cricinfo a few days ago that officials were not happy when he "walked" as umpiring was biased in those days before neutral umpiring. SL has earned the respect of every cricket fans all these years playing competitive & committed cricket and for them to risk that indulging in these measures is not healthy. Sanga should be remembered for his fantabulous innings in Australia a few years ago a,d not for these measure. Randiv's no-ball was deliberate and the ICC should address this issue. In addition, any runs scored of a no-ball should go to the batsman and India's score should be revised to 177.

  • malithk2001 on August 17, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Dear Back-Bencher plus all those who are supporting Shewag's statement - Here's what u guys need to know.......Randiv was probably forced to appologize...lol......because hosting India is considered by the cricketing authorities of many nations as very financially feasible coz the Indian Board/sponsors are filthy rich......as such the SL board wld have forced Randiv to do so....in my opinion Shewag is a selfish man......he's not a team player.....he should be happy that his team won!! not about his personal records! For Shewag's information cricket will go on after him...it doesn't revolve around him!!And he did have the 2nd ball & 3rd ball to get a run....for a guy who claims he can thrash world class bowlers it's pretty lame that he cldn't get a single run of 2 balls don't u think? Shewag pls learn to take life as it comes.....that way u will have more fans!

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Dear Sri lankans, who r talking against Sehwag, as andy said, India could have very easily left Murali stranded on 799 wickets if they wanted. And you all would have been left cribbing for next 100 years.

  • nandan1 on August 17, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    The crew is never bad, its the skipper & the management

  • friendfromusa on August 17, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Now Randeev, himself and the SLC have apologized. This proves, it was deliberate. Let us pull the curtains on this whole, dirty episode, not worth remembering. Let us move on, guys..

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on August 17, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    so randiv has apologised so all the fans who were supporting him are wrong, also it is india's "c" team not "a" team we are missing 5 key players we have won asia cup drew the test series even if we lose this tournament doesn's matters meanwhile sri lankan team should learn how to win a test match in india, aus and sa forget winning a series over there

  • robheinen on August 17, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    All kids bashing one another over the head with a beach spade. Get a life.

  • crazie on August 17, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    This whole controversy has over-blown. If Randiv did really want to deny Sehwag a century, why would he deliver two legitimate deliveries after the leg byes, and take a chance?

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    There were three balls in the over. One went for 4 byes. Second one Shewag missed and third one is the no ball. If Randive did it deliberately, he should have bowled the no ball in the second ball. If Randiv to apologize so should Sanga by giving 4 byes. It is all part of the game. To bad for the Indian supporters.

  • kapilesh23 on August 17, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    more bizzare is the conduct of the sl team .i dont understand why any team wants to deny a batsman his hundred which he deserves .this is just not done .i dont know whether it happened deliberately or not or the involvement of sanga or not .but one thing is sure all people will only feel that it was a deliberate move conducted by the team.

  • kv_aneesh on August 17, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Randiv bowled the no intentionally but there is no wrong in it. It's not the first time in cricket. When Kumble took 9 wickets in that famous test innings, his bowling partner Javagal Sreenath never bowled a single ball to the stumps. He bowled all his deliveries wide to the stumps hoping that the last wicket should go to Kumble's name. At the same time, the last Pakistan pair (Wasim and Waqar) were discussing to throw away one wicket as a run-out to deny kumble's 10. So, it is all there in cricket. Also it is common that the bowler will be more happy if he dismiss a batsman at 99 than 110.

  • himsez on August 17, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Reading the MCC rule, its does not look like they got it right. Sehwag should get the runs to him. I have seen a four being hit of the last ball still counted in the team total. sometimes the ball does not reach boundary but is assumed as spectators run of the field. Its random.

    13. Runs resulting from a No ball - how scored The one run penalty for a No ball shall be scored as a No ball extra. If other penalty runs have been awarded to either side, these shall be scored as in Law 42.17 (Penalty runs). Any runs completed by the batsmen or a boundary allowance shall be credited to the striker if the ball has been struck by the bat; otherwise they also shall be scored as No ball extras. Apart from any award of a 5 run penalty, all runs resulting from a No ball, whether as No ball extras or credited to the striker, shall be debited against the bowler.

  • MCSJCW on August 17, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Same thing happened to Herschelle Gibbs a few years ago against Bangladesh. He had already scored two successive hundreds and was on 90-something and needed to score to complete his 3rd successive hundred against Bangladesh and the bowler purposely bowled a wide down the leg side which ended the game. Surely not a gentlemans game anymore, what with no walking, appealing when they know it's not out etc.

  • ninaddesai82 on August 17, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I never liked Sanga's attitude. I remember, when sachin was on his 35 th century, sanga was shouting while ball was being delivered "thirty five - thirty five". Very useless if you dont have sporting spirit. On other hand, I remember other incident of Courtney walsh - he didnt make run out runner , even when runner had left his crease, he just gave him a warning, and WI lost that match. But that is what sportsman spirit.

    Slankans especially Randiv should be banned in IPL. no place in Indian cricket for such cowards.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Every one knows it was deliberatly done by the randev.SL win 3 times sprit of the cricket award. he didn't ball a single no ball in the recent test series and now when sehwag on 99 her bowled a no ball so that was deliberatly done by the randev.

  • anealjonathan on August 17, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    They do it deliberately and they all start apologizing! what a joke! India could have done that to Murali too, but we didn't.I have no respect whatsoever for the current SL team.Yuck!

  • Dr.murali on August 17, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    sehwag deserved century.. Whatever may be but what most matters is india's victory.. Cheer up guys..

  • soumyas on August 17, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    on 99.... sehwag will be talked,remembered with bradman for this incident. so sehwag has gained even though he missed 100.

  • Amit416 on August 17, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Definitely sanga is achieving new lows by every passing match.First he never acknowledge opposition efforts when they win ( tendency with most srilankan captain ) secondly he always does these kind of silly tricks.SHAME ON HIM..

  • Aussasinator on August 17, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    This no-ball has everything to do with the mindsets of certain people and their approach to deny others something. It happens in places which see turmoil and bitterness all around. Sri Lanka is a major example. I can also imagine a Pakistani bowler doing it just to deny the other guy. But I cannot imagine a team like Australia or South Africa doing such a thing, however ugly their behaviour otherwise is. The Australians would, on the other hand have tried a yorker or something to bowl Sehwag out since he was on 99 and put pressure on him. The Sri Lankan no ball is a sign of having given up and gaining solace from denying the opponent something extra. It is negative defeatism to say the least and shows an unhealthy mindset. I dont think Sangakkara would have instructed Randiv, he would have done it on his own, like a few others in his team would have.

  • T.Varghese on August 17, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Talk abt Sehwag's Begladesh comment is ridiculous at this moment. Agreed it was a mistake. But these types of comments are common. Even Jaya & Sagga made statements Like 'India is not aggressive Like No 1 team'. The answer is the +ve play on the field. But here Randiv and Sanga really did shameful act.

  • anealjonathan on August 17, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    That's it! Randiv has personally apologized to sehwag. Stop arguing..Shame on you Srilanka!

  • kojrukshan on August 17, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket being winners of the 'ICC Spirit of the game' award for two consecutive years is extremely proud of its Team and their achievements and conduct both on and off the field.

  • Manian.MBS on August 17, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Hello my dear friend amit1807kuwait,

    Pl do not write something as you wanted to condemn the Indian and Schewag. No one can be out of a no-ball by "stumping". Be logical and accept the disgrace done to Cricket by the Lankans and carry on

  • T.Varghese on August 17, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Hope this incident may force ICC to implement some type of 'NO Ball Rule'. 'Also may call as 'Randiv Rule'

  • sweetspot on August 17, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    What if this were to come to a Net Run Rate situation and India are denied a spot in the final because they have 4 runs less? Would it then be "smart" tactics by Sanga? (No, it would still be extremely CHEAP tactics in my opinion!). Stop saying the Aussies would do something like this. They can also do some very unsporting things like sledging, but they are good at acknowledging when the opposition has laid them bare on the mat. I cannot imagine any Aussie bowler overstepping to deny a deserving batsman his 100. They would applaud a special innings like Sehwag's yesterday, even if you can hear the whine in Ponting's voice when he talks at the presentation.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Prove it. Randiv just messed his run up and realized after he released the ball.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Whats more important than sehwag being stranded on 99 is India crushed Sri Lanka and also got the bonus point...

  • Vijayck on August 17, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I have no dought that it is intentional. The 4 byes before that are also intentionally left by Sangakara. This is the true nature of Srilankan cricketers. I am surprised how they got "spirit of the game" awards from ICC !!!!?!!!!!

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on August 17, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    @ Roshini thanks for your comments, can you please tell us what "EKA DENDA EPA" means

  • Apache_Indian on August 17, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    @ Indians...Guys, chill now ! Randiv and SL Cricket Board has apologized. Good ! Enough for us. :) I'm sure, the people who criticize India would be hiding their faces now. Looking forward to next match.

  • cricfan100 on August 17, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    I would like to make two points here. In the over before this last over shewag went for a single and he got his 99th run.Then there were 4 balls left in that over. Dhoni didn't even try to get a single in those 4 balls though he had the ability to end the match with a six.which shows that he wanted shewag to get his 100. That is why he didn't score in those 4 balls even though he had the opportunity. so they chased personal glory is that sportsmanship? some may say yes. As dhoni was his teammate. if that is the case should Randiv do the same thing to help shewag to go after his personal glory. No he shouldn't as he is in the opposition.so if Dhoni as the indian captain can do that then what Randiv did was right, to stop shewag getting his 100. The 2nd point is shewag had two balls to score the 100 and the winning run.But he wanted a six. May be to get the revenge of that test match 99run dismissal against the same baller.Randiv might have understood shewag's intentions.

  • derik on August 17, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    @Maxacrick, if we dont accept UDRS doesnt mean we r against the spirit of the game. Topic here is about the no ball incident, which is completely unacceptable. Some sort of a fine or match ban needs to be given, as Randiv has accepted he has deliberately bowled a no ball

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    if u sayin its not sportmen ship so say to the bowlers dont take oppenents wicket cuz its sportmanship if u will dnt trick in the match then ur foolish cricketer randiv hav done no mistakes if shewag need hundred he shuld hit in previous 2 balls just done blame the suraj randiv .........

  • mozzi_786 on August 17, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    ICC, are you watching??? You are the ones who awarded SL "Spirit of Cricket" Award. Kindly get your facts right this time before declaring the awards. The rule of not counting the runs seems ridiculous. The batsmen hits a six and it does not get counted. If it is applied to football, it is as if the win is awarded to the team without the goal being counted because the goal keeper was already across the goal line when the ball hit the nets. What a joke!!!

  • sweetspot on August 17, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    A big "Thank You!" to Roshini Vaas. Much appreciated. Great to know SL fans too are in grief about their image being tarnished by your captain. Not sure what "Eka Denda Apa" means, but if you heard it so clearly, now Sanga is going to look very silly. Thank you so much for pointing this out. And in the press interview, Sanga said he was "not aware" of what was going on! I thought that was hilarious! So, why is he captain? He's not even a good liar. I'd much appreciate the straight, bristling, even sledging rivalry that ends in appreciation for the opponent if the opponent is better on a given day! Please SL, this is Asia's pride at stake. Let's NEVER play ANY game in a cheap, dirty manner.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    To be on the funny side, how about a free hit, the next ball he bowls in the next match. That would have stopped him from bowling the noball.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on August 17, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    @ maxacrick , dont worry about the udrs because it was the blessing in disguise for your lankan team because in teh third test 3 decisions went against india also yesterday, rohit was not out coming back to appealing we all know how ur team appeals they appeal for just about anything eg sangakarra and well as we all know randiv has apologised to sehwag also sri lanka board have apologised and they are enquiring in this matter so the truth is randiv cheated

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Come on guys. This is not the End of a cricket or End of a shewag.. Remember , Sangakkara was playing on 192 In Australia. and he was about to make a World record. 3 double centuries In a Raw.... And Rudi Given a Worst Decision and stopped sangakkara making the record. and it was the best inning of the decade some1 played in Australia. so If it happend to shewag, he might have down on his knees and will cry on the ground like a kid... (impact shewag will never play a inning like that) come on shewag. whatever randiv is done. its bad.. but u should keep ur pride. not to be like randiv. now 1 thing is clear. shewag are so greedy for records. This is not the way to answer this... play well and make another 100 againts SL. hit some sixes to randiv... whatever happened in the ground you should answer it to in the ground.... poor indian fans never understand this.... Note, at now Sangakkara is not the 1 who were before. who knows he might have told to randiv to do so, may be dilshan

  • raju54321 on August 17, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    I went through the many comments posted here. Few supported randiv and few were against to him. One guy commented that sehwag wants to take the credit of hitting the winning run with a six. I challange, no man in the world of cricket would dare to come down the track and hit a six when he is on 294. sehwag is a daring batsman. He got out on 99 in few occasions, so he will not mind missing a 100. But the way randiv behaved is not acceptable. The only intension of the bowler is, if he bowles a no-ball india will win and sehwag remains on 99. He did not expect that sehwag will hit six because the previous two balls were defended. To add to this agony the dirty rule played vital role.

  • SLfan on August 17, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    If Randiv had done it deliberately, then I think we should avoid this kind of things in future. Feel sorry about that & definitely Viru deserves the 100 and India played really well y'day....But the funny thing here is, the people who throwed bottles at our cricketers in 96 world cup semi final, are acting here like real gentlemen... Even still they hesitatate to appreciate Sri Lankan talents. Always try to let our players down by making hatered comments towards our players. Go & see the comments of past Cricinfo articles....Therefore Indians really don't have the right to talk about this kind of ethical matters, because people themselves are not following the same rules.

  • Apache_Indian on August 17, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    @ Sehwag Bashers ...... Your so-called innocent Suraj Randiv has apologized to Sehwag. It means he had done mistake. A tight slap on the faces of some people. :)

  • drice on August 17, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    To ben44. Actually if a batsman completes a single before the ball goes to the boundary with 1 run needed to win it does only count as 1 run. I saw it happen already although I can't remember which match, think it involved England though. This ball howevr probably only reached the boundary because the fielder didn't chase it since obviously the match was already lost. That's probably why the rule is in place I guess. And I doubt the no ball was intentional for the same reason as Balaji,. Why bowl the two dot balls before and since I doubt Ranjiv was aware of this rule why did he not bowl a legside wide as well which seems a safer way to go if he didn't know this rule. I understand why Sehwag is upset but I doubt it was intentional.

  • AVSSUB on August 17, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    I am an Indian and an ardent Indian cricket fan. We - as fans, may crib, but I think neither the cricketers nor the cricketing administrations should crib/ apologise. Sehwag, if he valued that century, should have understood that the single run can come to India in any number of ways in which he has no control - thru a wide, a second bouncer, the ball hitting a helmet on the ground etc etc. He should have seized that century. As I said, we as fans are welcome to crib - but not the cricketers and the cricket admins.

  • rjrams on August 17, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    The guys who r trying to show sehwag as a child r more perversive than sangakara and randiv. Everybody knows sehwag, who never loves personal milestones. They must remember how he throw his wicket in test while he was on 99. Yesterday also he hit a six to reach finish things, not trying to get a single for his century. It may be fouth ball, but u must remember there was a deliberate miss by sangakara in the first ball too. to hide that stupid things by sangakara, he bowl 2 gud balls and a big deliberate no ball, followed by the comman from sangakara in sinhalese language. How perversive this lankans are. AUS or PAK never do such ugly things. Sanga is the most perversive man in the cricket world. No need to blame sehwag and his comments are absolutely right.

  • andy2142 on August 17, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Janaka Kumara, answer this. India had a greater chance of spoiling a greater achievement than this century. Just by getting run out, which is very common for no 10 & no 11 batsmen, India could have left Muralitharan stranded on 799 wickets and I cannot imagine the hue and cry that the Sri Lankan fans would have created after that. Sri Lankan team can follow their own past sportsman cricketers like Arvinda De Silva, Mahanama, Murali etc before making such controversial decisions like bowling deliberate wide and no balls.

  • maxacrick on August 17, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Can't believe these Indians are talking like they play for sprit of the game. Shame on you guys. Tell us one good reason y u ppl don't like UDRS??? Pls ask from Sachin he knows umpires make lot of mistakes, he doesn't want them to be corrected.

    Indian team is the worst team when it comes to celebrating a wicket and all. really unpleasant to watch how they celebrate. Please don't talk about Sprit of the game, you ppl don't deserve to talk about that.

  • gandabhai on August 17, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    The match was already lost, as was the bonus point .What could the lankans possibly gain by their cowardly actions to prevent an opposition player reaching a deserved landmark ?At least when Greg Chapell rolled the ball against NZ, rightly or wrongly he was trying to win the game for his country.

  • krshnan on August 17, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    This is not the first time this has happened with the Sri Lankans and it wont be the last time. Sri Lanka has been known to cheat on many occasions and in the Test series two catches taken by Mahila Jayawardhane were bump catches. Their appealing is so vociferous I am unable to understand how they get away without incurring any penalty from the Match Referees. Even a Long on or Third man appeals for LBW decisions! I think India should stop patronising the Sri Lankans and instead have more matches with Pakistan! We should ban the Sri lLankans from IPL!

    M V Krishnan

  • vikaswatane on August 17, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    I am Indian a fan but I agree with @cricfan100 comment.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    This is expected from a team which played for draws throughout the 1990s, untill chucking was allowed.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    If bowling a noball(by that large amount) was a mistake,then wat abt dat 4 byes in the same over...also bowling a noball might have seemed more intentional dats y he bowled a no ball..as for sehwag it doesnt matter for a man who can get hundreds at will and milk opponents single handedly....y should he be childish when he has himself ruined many more century opportrnities by himself and sayin"if a balls there to be hit ill hi!!!t"hail sehwag for your 'devil may care attitude'!!!

  • ushakiran on August 17, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    sehwag doesn't play for centuries.he wont mind if he got century r he missed century.he play for winning only.but that was deliberate no ball.

  • MasterClass on August 17, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Well, well, well. Read Cricinfo article "SLC, Randiv apologise to Sehwag for no-ball incident". Sangakkara needs to step down for displaying a complete lack of leadership qualities as has been obvious for a while, but particularly recently. Also the sub-continent viewers need to recognize him for what he is: A sell-out and spineless dweeb.

  • mssv_1988 on August 17, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    I don know why you all make a lot of fuss abt it.. SLC has apologised & Randiv himself has apologised in person to Viru. SLC says they will enquire about it and so obviously something has happened deliberately.. Sehwag never cares abt records, Let it be getting out at 99, refusing a single at 199( Galle, 2008). Even yday he dint tell he got disappointed on missing 100. He said Sir lanka is happy with No-Ball, We are happy with bonus point. He dint even ask for change of rule.. Only Sanga look.. He just stated the facts.. He dint worry abt it.. In watever way u look at it, He is never selfish.. A genius who has always been a team man never caring about personal records.. Thats why it happens naturally to this man. And abt 4th ball argument, Its well known tat a batsman wont go for shots in the first 3 balls, they will only look to nudge.. Anyway SLC have agreed so stop these childish comments.. He just stated the facts fro heart as usual.. HE HAS NEVER MOANED ABT MISSING 100 EVER!

  • cricket_ftw on August 17, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    randiv should have bowled a wide instead ... poor guy dint have the brain to think that ... he bowled a no ball and got accused ... Anyways both are against the spirit

  • truebleue_cricfan on August 17, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    The no ball was deliberate and it was in very poor taste. I don't understand what the debate is all about. I think its pretty evident that the SL players don't like India's clout in the game and their No.1 ranking. Sangakkara has always had a bone to pick with India. His ungracious outburst about the ranking system was directed at India. And as a few other commenters have mentioned, his cheap tactics to deliberately deny the Indians some landmark during his stint as captaincy is there for all to see. No doubts then that yesterday's incident was masterminded by the SL 'captain'. And no need to be taken in by his noble talk at the post match presentation where he remarked he will look into his own misdeed. Yeah, right.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    ifoverstepping by (that huge amount) was a mistake,wat about that 4 byes....also bowling a wide ball would have seemed more intentional to all dats y he might hv bowled a no-ball.........

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Message to Srikanth !!!

    Srikanth why are you again and again allow M vijay to play in the indian team as you also know that he is a useless player. Why Dinesh Karthik is doing the opening. Try Y Pathan as the opening player; he has the power and is a hard hitter.

    Give chance to I Pathan in bowling. What A Nehra, I sharma, P Kumar are upto you very well know that. I Pathan is an all rounder as well. Many times he has saved India. If you go by the public view give these guys another chance.

  • benedictfrancis on August 17, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Viru don't be upset, we all love you, there is always another chance.. this 99 is worth more than a century, and everyone will remember it 'cos of the unsportsmanship behavior (if deliberate.. must say it was more than any gully cricketers no ball, even malinga will be envious of randiv's overstretching , i don't think malinga can beat him ever in that) just imagine if it was the last ball of the innings and india needed a run to win.. lankans would have killed randiv instead of defending him.. and i don't know why sanga can't agree with india's no.1 ranking.. if they win their coming home series they can achieve no.1.. then he won't complain that.. but hopefully he had a reality check in the last test.. if they have the right to complain about india's no.1 rank we can complaint about this infield behaviour of lankan cricketers..

  • anikbrad on August 17, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    DEAR FRIENDS, EPS- mohsee, Balaji Venkataraman,ABP235, green_jelly, nadesankiru - THIS WAS ONE OF THE SAMEFUL DAYS IN CRICKECT. SEE THE REPLAYS OF LAST OVR, FIRSTLY 4 BYES, THEN SANGA SPEAKING IN SLINK LANG THEN NO BALL. ALL PLANNED AND REAL VILAIN IS SANGA AND NOT RANDIV WHO IS MADE THE SCAPEGOAT. I WOULD HAVE LIKED IF SRI TRIED TO BOWL A WIDE AND TRY FOR STUMPING OR SANKA WOULD HAVE BEEN HONEST BY SAYING YES THIS WAS A TACTICS DONE BY US TO IRRITATE SHEWAG FOR THE REST OF TOURNAMENT, THEN ITS GOOD CAPT BUT NOW HE IS SAYING HE WAS UNAWARE OF THE RULE IS A BLATANT LIE AS HE HAS DONE IT AS HE WAS KNOWING THE LAW. SOME SAYS SHEWAG HAS GOT IT BACK AS HE WAS UNSPORTING, WHY? HE SAID THE TRUTH OR HE SAID IT? BANG WITH ALL DUE REST IS AN ORDINARY SIDE . THEY EVEN WILL BE BITEN BY SCOTTLAND OR IRELAND QUITE A FEW TIMES OUTSIDE SUBCONTINET. AND HE TOLD THE TRUTH EVEN PONTING SAY WE WILL BEAT ENG 5-0 THIS IS NOT ONSPORTING OR IF SOMEONE SAYS I AND BANG IS POOR IT NOT UNSPORTING IT TRUE.

  • Roshini on August 17, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Sanga..I am a Sri Lankan and let me remind you that we were never known for such disgraceful conduct on the park. Sri Lankans had always played the game with pride and passion upholding the gentleman's spirit and this incident has brought upon me and many of my fellow countrymen nothing but shame. Wake up Sanga..You are losing credibility here..You can sure be competitive within the spirit of the game but do not rob milestones in broad day light where every action of yours are so open and seen in the worlds eye. At the start of that over I did hear you say " EKA DENDA EPA" when Sehwag was on strike and what transpired soon after was you letting 4 byes and that big big no-ball..Come on Sanga.. whom are you kidding here..Correct the commical mistakes we commit on the park and play the game for what we are known for. For many many Sri Lankans watching the game yesterday things just seemed not right that moment... "SORRY INDIANS" Roshini Vaas

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Sanghakara is not a good sportsmen for sure and he is the one prompted something to randiv behind the stumps before randiv bowled that final delivery. They simply don't deserve the icc spirit of the team awards for last 2 years. Shame on you srilanka ....India got there bonus point any way but srilaka lost everything.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Sehwag has been denied many times over recently.Randiv did it to him deliberately .Let him do it to Ponting and he will realise what was his action worth .Even inspite of Noball the six should count because the delivery is counted as "delivery faced by Sehwag".IN THE THIRD TEST LOT WAS MADE OF TENDULKAR HAVING BEEN MOST CAPPED.SEHWAG's BIGGER ACHIEVEMENT WENT UNNOTICED.HE BECAME FASTED PERSON TO SCORE 7000 RUNS IN TESTS. He TOOK 79 TESTS WHERAS WALLY HAMMOND AND GAVASKAR TOOK 80 and SACHIN 85.If achievements were other way round the euphoria would have been other way round too.If Sehwag is out on a poor shot it is blown out of proportions was media whereas Sachin has thrown his wicket to poorer shots and media is mum on it.Would someone show us that shot again after which Kapil was dropped from a Match.

  • prajeeshsap on August 17, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    hello tharu

    dont say like this.it was very much clear tht he intententionally bowled the noball before also they have done lik this.

    for your comment if tht randiv had bowled a wide ball sehwag wil come out and will hit tht wide even that is away from him.he knows tht.100 percent he wants to make sure tht sehwag will not gett a century.these al will take away the sportsmanship.anyways congrats for sehwag.if he is playing carefully like yesterday he will be a great runscorer in future

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Normally a no ball is punishment to the bowler, strangely for the first time in International cricket it turned out to be a punishment to the Batsman.

  • soumyas on August 17, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    change in law for No-BALL No-ball shud be an optional for batting team... even if no-ball is bowled by bowler,option shud be present for batsman to ACCEPT or not to ACCEPT it. there by deliberate No-Balls like this can be turned into to the favour of batsman.

  • ListenToMe on August 17, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    People are talking about the 2 dot balls before the no ball to prove that it was not deliberate. But I say it was deliberate, but not pre planned. He might not have thought about it till the last ball. But definitely he decided to overstep before the last ball. Since there was 5 runs to be scored, may be he thought that he can't prevent sehwag from scoring century. But surely he knew that he can stop sehwag from scoring century just a bit late. That should be the reason for 2 good balls before the no ball. Definitely he cannot ball sucn a big no ball unintentionally.

  • happy-go-lucky on August 17, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    To all the guys here saying the no-ball was not intentional and if it was intentional, he would have bowled it earlier, just check this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLYQ4lznTCo#t=10m1s

    And guys who know sinhalese can you please explain what Sanga says? I could only understand 100. I think that will clear things up.

    And to people criticising Veeru, remember, it was a match-winning knock under tough situation. He scored where most batsmen in both teams failed. He scored around 60% of the total himself. Had he got out earlier, India would have surely folded. Give credit where its due!

  • amit1807kuwait on August 17, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    To all those who say Sehwag should get the six and that the rule is ridiculous, tell me what if Sehwag had missed and got stumped on 99 of a no-ball? Would you have liked to see him given out on a no-ball when the run of the no-ball sealed the match for India? I might agree that it's a stupid rule, but it is also a fair rule.

  • friendfromusa on August 17, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Sangakara's intentional 4-byes, followed by Randeev's huge 'no ball' was deliberate. Even the Lankans arguing here know it well. I believe, everything is fair in love and war. Now we should add to it - in cricket, too! Let us do the same to them next time around. India should have denied 800th wicket to Murali Chuckeran by getting out to some other mediocre bowler in Sri Lankan side. The best revenge would be to win this Tri-series. Now Randeev and company should be prepared to face Sehwag in next match. If he gets blasted all over the park, he is only to blame. Remember injustice by the Australians in Sydney test? The next match was won comprehensively. So don't mess with the Indians, guys..

  • dineshhc on August 17, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Cheap cricket by Srilanka!!

  • DeepakBhakoo on August 17, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I totally agree with dilse_44's comment, "A ball is not dead till the completion of that particular sequence.we have been witness to situations where if a single is required off the last ball & in case it goes for boundary..its added to the batsman account even if he had completed a single before the ball reaches the boundary".

    What would have happened if it was not a no-ball & Sehwag had hit the ball high in the air, taken off for a single, duly completed it & then seen the ball sail over the rope? Of course, he would've been credited with 6 runs! The single would've been taken before the ball crossed the rope. So, following the same logic, he should've been credited with 6 runs even after the no-ball. ICC should act to REMOVE THIS CONTRADICTION FROM THE RULE by either crediting the runs after the no-ball or not crediting the boundary to a batsman when the batsman takes a winning single off a legitimate ball & then sees the ball cross the boundary. ICC, its never too late! Wake-up!

  • ListenToMe on August 17, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Most of the people are supporting Randiv or Srilanka. They say they are fair players. I still remember when Srilanka scored a record 950+ runs against India in 4 days in a test match just to make records. When you play cricket make it competitive and keep the sportsman spirit. I know most of the lankan supportes don't like Indian players because they are jealous of these players. I don't think that the no ball was pre-planned, but I think it is deliberate. He might not have thought of bowling no ball till the last moment. May be he didn't know that the scores are level or may be he was a gentleman till the last ball. But definitely he decided to ball the last one a no ball. I haven't seen such a big no ball bowled by any spinner in my life. That too from a bowler who was so consistent and disciplined!. Also it is safer and easier to bowl a no ball than a wide ball. Sehwag is not that kind of a person who aims for personal records. Also scoring 13 hundreds is not a world record too!!.

  • imrashant on August 17, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Shame on you Randiv...now u r the most hated man in India...

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I think Randiv wanted sehwag to make hundred thats the reason he bowled no-ball. Randiv could easily have bowled wide. Every one knows sehwag plays his natural attacking shot even he is at 99. May be randiv felt that sehwag could take chance that ball. May be he did nt want to make him out again on 99, on the game which has already sealed by Indians.

  • KaZsa on August 17, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Sehwag should be ashamed of himself for making such comments.I always liked him as a player and still think the talent he has is right up there with the greats of the game.But this kind of stupidity of blaming a fellow cricketer is not acceptable.If Randiv wanted to bowl a no ball and deny Sehwag the century, he could have done it in the previous two deliveries.It is simple as that.Why would he deny a deserving century by a fellow indian?Sri Lankans never play the game like that.Sehwag's bringing wrong facts about Sachin as well.May be Indians are thinking that Lankans are like them.I can still remember how they threw the ball at Inzi's body, and after he saved himself from getting hit, they appealed and got him out, when he was taking Pakistan to victory in a 300 odd chase.So Mr.Sehwag, don't bring history into this.See what happened before bringing your big mouth into it.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Shame on Randiv; you should have tried for the wicket instead of a deliberate no ball. Shame for Srilanakan cricket indeed.poor cricket by Sri lanka. very poor spirit icc must ban whole lanka team for next 10 match ..

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 17, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    All this is irrelevant and a comfortable way to ignore the fact that Lanka got thumped. It is interesting how when the ball seams and swings all the "55-averagers" in the Lankan batting order start connecting either with their edges or fresh air. And for so long being called a flat track bully Sehwag's judgement and ability under those same swinging conditions were a treat to watch.

  • Balumekka on August 17, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    ITS FUNNY THAT ALL THE INDIAN FANS NOW SPEAKING ABOUT "GENTLEMANS' GAME" AND "SPIRIT OF THE GAME". THOSE ARE THE SAME GENTLEMAN FANS WHO HAVE THROWN STONES AT SRI LANKAN PLAYERS WHEN THEIR TEAM WAS LOOSING IN EDEN GARDEN IN 1996 WORLD CUP SEMIS. THEY ARE THE SAME FANS WHO THROW STONES AT THEIR OWN PLAYERS WHEN THEY UNDER-PERFORM!!! THEY ARE THE SAME FANS WHO OFTEN DISTURB THE MATCHES WHEN THEIR SIDE IS LOOSING!!!!

    I THINK PAKISTANI PLAYERS WILL ALSO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THESE "GENTLEMAN".

  • Avaral on August 17, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Maverick_topgun , you are right . I didn't expect this from Sanga . It was not Randiv's fault . He was instructed by his captain to deny Sehwag his century . I too heard the word "hundred" and then something in Sinhalese . Not a gentleman as he potrays to be . I'm not against denying a hundred but making Randiv a scapegoat , lost respect for you Sanga(not that it would mater to you , well..) .

  • Satwikrossbones on August 17, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    What happened yesterday was shameful and not at all in the spirit of the game. But considering that that SriLanka is one of the best behaved and sporting teams in cricke now, it comes as even more of a shock. for indians like me who love srilanka for the gentlemanliness they bring to the game, its a rude wake up call!!!

  • nepalanka on August 17, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    well done randiv well done !!!! I'm so happy...good job man

  • PottedLambShanks on August 17, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Right, so if a player doesn't do exactly as the Indians demand, they should be called cheats and publicly humiliated? Deary me. When, pray tell, did India turn into the spoilt brats they have become?

  • Manian.MBS on August 17, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    It is a blind obvious that Randiv bowled it deleberately. Even a child will understand clearly. So no need for any debat on that issue. Randiv and the Lankans played with in the rule, ofcourse with out "The Sprit of the Game." So the game Govering body ICC to look into this matter and settle the issue and make the record straight for Schewag as 13th Century with ratification.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Before the last bow, sehwag figure was 99 of 99 balls but after last ball it became 99 of 100 balls..if that six has not been accounted to his account then why that ball has been accounted?

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Deliberate or otherwise, the incident is not a good ad for cricket or sri lanka. I would give the benefit of doubt to Randiv because there were 2 legitimate deliveries after the byes and he could easily have bowled a wide as that would have effectively ended the match. But if it was deliberate it is deplorable. Imagine the farce with the following scenario: Murali on 799 wickets, two indian batsment at one end of the wicket to create a run out and sri lankan fielder deliberately sends a wide overthrow to the boundary!!!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    It was deliberate.Ganguly was also deliberately left no on 98 by Ranatunga when India won a test in Lanka about 7-8 years ago.India shud also have left Murali stranded on 799.

  • Ajber on August 17, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    We are forgotting the relevant fact revealed in this match- that Veeru is unstoppable if he play sensible cricket. If he continue play in this manner, india will be number 1 in all format

  • randikaayya on August 17, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    If Sehwag is prepared to come out and talk RUBBISH at a press conference denouncing and degrading other players (infact countries, Bangladesh and now Sri Lanka) how is that within the spirit of cricket. Besides who knows this no-ball ruling, how can one be certain that Randiv even knew that the runs won't count by bowling a no-ball. What business does Sehwag has calling Malinga a cheat for some wide hitherto never spoken about. I think an inquiry must be held by the referee for Sehwag bringing the game into disrepute!

  • Zigor on August 17, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Come on guys ! How come every comment here sounds like a reflection of the country one supports. It's strange to say the least. Bottom line : Sehwag is right, Randiv did it deliberately and believe me guys Viru is not losing any sleep over this matter. Although I am sure he will score a hundred in next match. Srilankans woke the sleeping tiger.

  • T.Varghese on August 17, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    All Indians wanted MURALI to complete 800. Sanga and Jaya always talks much about their opposition. Proves they are r not having real sportsmanship.

  • chokkashokka on August 17, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Look at the end of the day India needs to play with teams their own level and on venues which are worthy of hosting premier teams. This series has an exhibition sort of feel to it - substandard locations, ill-prepared wickets, lack of appropriate lights - I mean why does BCCI have to play in such tournaments? Play South Africa, Australia and England - Sri Lanka and NZ are not going to give India problems at the World cup - these other teams will. So why waste time and energy on these teams? Bowlers like Randi and the others I don't even remember names of - are taking up valuable space on the already busy cricket calendar. This whole tournament and the other games with SL have been such a snooze. BCCI has been very charitable with SL - but please no more games with SL for a couple of years.

  • jana_ji on August 17, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    i would like to ask a question to randiv that if it is last wkt and india one run to win, for this situation he can bowl a no ball. shame on him. he is not deserved to play a cricket.

  • Ajayvs on August 17, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Anybody who has played a bit of cricket or seen cricket will agree that no spinner (or for that matter fast bowler) can be so much off the mark. His back leg was almost near the bowling crease. However Suraj Randiv is new to cricket and probably we should give him benefit of doubt that he took a bad decision in the spur of the moment. I also would like to think and no senior lankan players were involved in the incident. Hopefully the lessons are learnt and no such controversies arise in the rest of the series..

  • soumyas on August 17, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    dont cry indians... use the same tactic against lankans ... even if lankans needed 20-30 runs when it is sure that they win the match and some 1 like sangakkara on 80's... just bowl NO-BALL and a WIDE on LEGSIDE with no FINE LEG feilder

    let them learn how it feels

  • Afta on August 17, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Bottom line - India won. The game was played by the rules. Sehwag - brilliant player we all agree. But wonder whether he's matured enough as a MAN to take victory and defeat in the same vein. We play the game at the highest level in the toughest conditions, so why cry at the end of the day. He was hurt that he couldn't get his century? Come on Baby wake up. You are not playing cricket with 10 year olds. "Mummy... mummy I could not get my century.....!" Come on son your glass of milk is ready....!!!

  • srinathb on August 17, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Congratulations to Team India.it was a THUMPING win over " Full Strength SL ".and Randiv,with your unsporting behavior,you have grabbed more media attention which ultimately lead to your own downfall.

  • topspeed55 on August 17, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Spirit of Cricket Award 2007: Sri Lanka national cricket team, Randiv shoud have known this. Is he playing international Cricket? Poor Villager attitude.

  • muthujacks on August 17, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Viru!! Come on hero!! we know how big a hundrd is for u in a 1 day cricket..after so long..its unfair 2 c u like this..may b intentional or not..if its intentional..he can bowl tat afte the delivery which went for 4 byes..get ready for next thng..threw awy thes thngs...stupid rule..v have 2 blame ICC for this..not others..

  • on August 17, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    @maverick can u provide me a link to watch that clip? was it on ESPN?

  • RANAROYALS on August 17, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Srilanka always play these kind of shameful cricket.they have no spirit at all for playing good cricket.Especially sangakkara always cries if a player of opposite team plays well.even the srilankan selectors also bring disgrace to cricket by selecting bowlers with worst bowling actions which is torturous to watch.atleast now icc has to take necessary steps so that bowlers with crooked actions wont be selected into international teams which makes cricket a gentleman game

  • kiruthigai on August 17, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    I just remember couple of days back the srilankan curator instead of improving the pitchsaying "india bowled out for 88 in a batsman friendly pitch????"... wah what a sporting reply...Sehwag is a outspoken guy,he says what he feels..i dont thing he said anything wrong.. spinner bowling a two foot no ball!!! isn't it a deliberate stuff?.. even our grandma's wont bowl a no ball like that..

  • soumyas on August 17, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    this is not 1st time lankans did this... they have done the same thing for Tendulkar also is the past.. now to sehwag deliberate no-ball on 99.... so this is not in the spirit of sportive cricket...

  • on August 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    This message is for the sake of indian cricket bring back solid openers in the indian team why you are relying on Dinesh karthik and murali vijay they are not International players they are fit for local cricket like Ranji trophy this message is to you srikanth bring some hard hitters like you why are you relying on soft players

  • Ananth84 on August 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    The no ball was not deliberate? oh please guys...The fact that the no-ball was deliberate is only painfully obvious. Randiv never bowled one no ball in the entire test series and the one-day series so far and yet oversteps by a foot, yes ONE FOOT, and you want me to think that was not deliberate? Come on...gimme a break!

    Randiv was probably still contemplating bowling a no-ball when he bowled those two legal deliveries before it. But then on the fourth ball of the over he simply gavel in to the temptation, probably egged on by his team-mates, to do it....

    That said, I guess it was only a spur-of-the-moment decision and he is probably regretting having done it. There's no need to blow it up into a controversy.

    But suggesting it was not on purpose is just biased drivel.

  • mehul_shroff on August 17, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    People here are accusing Sehwag of going behind personal records... Well my question is whats the harm in that ??? When you score a hundred, doesnt that mean ur team scored a 100 runs too ??? And its not that India needed 10 runs in 1 over and Sehwag played cautiosly in order to reach a hundred. The win WITH THE BONUS POINT was already sealed so whats the harm in chasing a personal record ??? After all 2 years down the line, noone will remember the match but people will see the statistics, and the fact remains that courtesy what Sri Lankans did, Sehwag will have one century les against his name.

    For people who found this justified, Id like Sri Lankans to bowl 300 wides when India is chasing 300 to win in the next match so that they can claim tht no Indian batsman was able to score against them. Sounds illogical now aint it ?? Then why does the no-ball sound logical ?

    Puh-leaseee people, it was not accidental, the no ball ws intentional and was certainly not needed.

  • Ritesh_India on August 17, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Nadesan, you are talking abt easily bowling a fast wide ball... Sri Lanka has already done that against Tendulkar in Cuttack via Malinga bowling a wide wide outside legstump for bye 4 runs. and now Randiv bowling an abnormally big no ball. Sri Lanka would be the only country to have done it in both forms.

  • on August 17, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    I guess Sewag and my fellow Indians are over reacting. If you watch carefully, there were two dot balls before the no ball. I dont see why Srilankans would have bowled two legitimate delivery if their intention was to stop sewag from scoring the century. It is rather unfortunate and rather illogical to deny Sewag the runs he scored out of the noball. But I guess that how the rules are today. And this is really an edge case. But I guess this does not any way make or break Sewag's greatness. I am really proud of how he batted today.

  • Dilseben on August 17, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Rather than accusing Randhiv..the rule itself should be scrapped. If the ball is added to the account of the batsman how come the runs that he scored in not added to his account.A ball is not dead till the completion of that particular sequence.we have been witness to situations where if a single is required off the last ball & in case it goes for boundary..its added to the batsman account even if he had completed a single before the ball reaches the boundary.I do agree that Randhiv's behaviour was totally unsportsmanly but then who would like others scoring centuries against them!!! So in short..we should take this incident in its stride & focus on changing such absurd rules so that things like this dont happen in future

  • on August 17, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    that was really a shameful act......... Randiv shud understand spirit of sportsmanship..........

  • Magchennai on August 17, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Hi Curtambrose, Can you tell when India did this kind of thing? To be honest even Pakistan didn't deny Kumble getting 10 wickets in an Innings, they dint throw their wicket to other bowler. Don't blame India for something which they haven't done. This particular ball may be a genuine no-ball only Randiv knows. Mohsee What is wrong in some one telling that he was denied a century or playing down the strengths of other teams(Ordinary Bangladesh comment) Australia did it many times... Sehwag is not crying baby when he said Bangladesh is ordinary team or when he said Randiv did it.. All he did was Bat and Talk.. so its better WE shut up..

  • Maverick_topgun on August 17, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    All the Sri Lankans are acting very smart in this website. Its true that it was the 4th ball of the over but if you watched the match just before that ball Sangakara said something like 100... rest in Sinhalese language and then the no ball. Please watch the replay and hear the stump microphone you will know who is the real culprit its not Randiv but Sangakara himself that is why he fumbled when asked the question in Post match presentation. Bad losers......

  • on August 17, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    @nadesankiru: spot on dude...well said...!!!

  • mtambie on August 17, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    I am disgusted at the factor that Kumar Sangakkara would actually say " I have no doubt that it was not intentional", he should not have been so quick to defend Randiv especially knowing he is new to international cricket and because of that fact he has not built a reputation when spirit of game comes into play. As for Randiv if he has indeed bowled the no one ball deliberately it shows he lack an important quality of sportsmanship and if he continues with that attitude in his cricketing career he might take many wickets and makes more runs but he will never have class like players like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar etc.

  • on August 17, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    yeah wht da problem with da noball??? Randiv could hv easily bowled a wide ball 2 end da game,so thre is no point of scoleding him................

  • on August 17, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    What a futile thing to say once its over. Typical cry baby. and say's we're happy we won! If Randiv wanted, he could've no balled his 2nd ball of the over!

  • 504429641 on August 17, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    I don't understand this rule. if the runs scored by batsman are not counted, then that ball should not count to the batsman. but now it went as a dot ball to sehwag.

  • kamalkapoor on August 17, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Let's assume that this was a league match in a multi-team tournament. If India wins it gets on par with with SL in points table. If India wins by one run it remains below SL on net run rate. If India wins by 6 runs it surpasses SL on NRR as well. SL goes to next round by bowling (deliberatley?) a noball!! If runs scored off a no-ball (when scores are tied) are not counted, we may see the hypothetical situation described above in reality sooner than later.

    In my opinion a no-ball is not a dead ball. A person can get out on a noball. Whatever happens on the noball is duly recorded till it becomes dead. By this interpretation runs scored off a noball (even when scores are level) must be credited to batsman.

    It was in bad taste and nobody won because of it only the game lost some more of its sheen.

  • rko_rules on August 17, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    I am sure, the bowl before this incident, that went for 4 byes, even that was on purpose by Sangakara. Because, you see guys, you can not plan for this when opposition has only 5 runs to win, but seeing the opportunity, sanga missed it deliberately and it went for 4 byes and after that Randiv knew what he should do (obviously,to bowl a no ball). I think, here is a lesson for team India that the bhaayichara(brotherly hood behavior) they were showing to Lankans in test matches,especially in the first test where they gifted 8 wickets to Murali, any team could have saved Murali from getting 8 wickets in his last test, but not India, they gifted him that feat and now look what they have got from lankans. I hope Indians will keep this incident in mind and whenever they get opportunity against lankans, they will settle the scores with them....

  • SMGNS on August 17, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    @mohsee You may laugh your heart out but please "read" and understand before you comment. In a world of hypocrites disguised as 'gentlemen' Sehwag has the guts to call a spade a spade. It may not be politically correct, but fact is Bangladesh are an ordinary side!! Sri Lanka, even before they won the 1996 world cup were at least good in their own backyard and not everyone's favorite whipping boy. About the no-ball incident in question, even Sangakkara has not denied - he says he'll investigate! Does that ring a bell?! I don't know what's your concern about Harbhajan or how anything he has done comes close to this incident!! Sreesanth - I would've agreed.

  • on August 17, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    @Masud Tarek at the start of the over india needed 5, then sanga gave away 4 byes, n randiv bowled a huge ball. hope u understand too. PERIOD

  • East_West on August 17, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    deliberate OR not, India won! yeah! He must have watched SALMANKHAN movies where he does HIT and RUN, i.e. Driving under influence and run away from scene! For others who trash Viru's english, your country cricketers are the worst! they can't even form a single sentence!

  • dineshtwn on August 17, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    I am an Indian. I am a big fan of Sri Lankan Cricket team because they always play positiive cricket. They never do sledging. From their body language it seems they just enjoy their cricket. But this incident of deliberate noball has really disappointed me as a big fan of Sri Lankan cricket team.

  • Aakanksha on August 17, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    I think we should stop having these comments block itself.. its creating unnecessary rift between cricket lovers from different countries...rather than enjoying match, it seems people are so interested to see their comments in these blocks...

  • kaustubhss on August 17, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    One cannot really make out whether a no-ball has been bowled intentionally .......If he would have bowled a wide delivery, it would have appeared more obvius that he did it intentionally....

  • AMPriyanga on August 17, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Even very experienced KS was unaware of this rule. How can anybody say this is intentional by young Randiv ? If he had any intention why ball a no ball ? Couldn't he bowl a wide down the leg so that Viru couldn't even reach ? Be logical guys. Don't be emotional that your hero missed a century.

  • manns on August 17, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    this is an error of stupid law made my ICC these kind of things has to be fixed before it becomes great issue for debate. i also admit the issue that there was certain conversation was going on between lanken players before randiv bowled huge no-ball so there is certain doubt about that he did that deliberate or not. but it is certain shame on srilanken cricket if he did that and being a sportsman such act is not tolerated in any form of game.

  • trust_27 on August 17, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I think more than the No ball the rule is pathetic. Had Sehwag been awarded the Six along with the No ball the things might have been different. Not sure why this kind of rule. Not sure even if Randiv was aware of any kind of Rule of such short.

  • DINESHCC on August 17, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Shewag should see whether the game is won or not? Even if Randiv bowled that ball deliberately it cannot be treated as unfair. The ultimate aim of a bowler of a team is to take wickets and not to allow the batsman to score runs or centuries. This is a small issue. When a batsman is on 99 almost all the teams field 5 to 6 fielders very closely to deny single run to the batsman. On this pitch Sehwag's 99 is equal to 200, whereas the comment made by him is not fair.

  • cricfan100 on August 17, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    I would like to make two points here. In the over before this last over shewag went for a single and he got his 99th run.Then there were 4 balls left in that over. Dhoni didn't even try to get a single in those 4 balls though he had the ability to end the match with a six.which shows that he wanted shewag to get his 100. That is why he didn't score in those 4 balls even though he had the opportunity. so they chased personal glory is that sportsmanship? some may say yes. As dhoni was his teammate. if that is the case should Randiv do the same thing to help shewag to go after his personal glory. No he shouldn't as he is in the opposition.so if Dhoni as the indian captain can do that then what Randiv did was right, to stop shewag getting his 100.

    The 2nd point is shewag had two balls to score the 100 and the winning run.But he wanted a six. May be to get the revenge of that test match 99run dismissal against the same baller.Randiv might have understood shewag's intentions.

  • gauravsachan on August 17, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Hi All, Its not about who has played longer or who has played for an year. These kind of rules happen to come in action very infrequently and none of the players can be expected to know all of them at the point they are on the field. Its all an assumption who knew the rule and who did not. The question here is about ethics and sportsmanship. If at all it happened that Randiv did bowl this deliberately, its a shame. If it happened as any other occasion, then there is no need to make a hue and cry. I would like to quote from a Indian movie, SHAURYA, "In battle a soldier is ordered to shoot and kill. He shoots and kills, but no one knows his motive behind the killing. Was it because of the order or his own motive". I believe a revisit to the rules should be done if possible by ICC.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Sanga is a fraud.I clearly heard him say something to Randiv in Sinhalese.he is a rookie for pete's sake.Sanga is as ruthless as an aussie but not as honest.An Aussie would art least say"yeah Mate, told him to bowl the no ball.now get stuffed".Beneath that suave exterior is a cunning ,competive so and so.Also a great player but not much of a sport.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    that was areally coward act by randiv..... this shows they lack in sportsmanship.... and i m damn sure that randiv bowled that no ball intentionally.. coz only 1 run needed... and player like sehwag got 2 dot balls consecutively...... he deserves century..... cheers for sehwag.... great guy

  • rehan86 on August 17, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    This is so funny! What did Shehwag do in first three balls? LOL! Is the fourth ball some kind of auspicious time to Shehwag to hit a century? :P LOL.. If Randiv really need to do something against this 100, Why didn't he ball a wide? LOL.. anyways the fact is first Shehwag said "It's just normal in cricket..I dont care about 100..etc" and now he is crying like a baby saying "Mummy!! Randiv no-ball was deliberate..please do something" :P :P

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Just look how silly he is, he thought it's a century after hitting a six (seems he enjoyed it for a while) and now blaming Randiv that Randiv new it within 1 year international experince while this silly cricketer has played more than a decade...I think he is deliberately trying to spoil the sprit between two teams, someone from ICC should warn him for this kind of ordinary talks...I remember once he did a similar ordinary talks against Bangladesh team...please ICC actions.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    well i fell things like these happen in cricket, but saying that it was not right for randiv to deliberately bowl a no-ball and guess what his first of the match and comes in the over when india and sehwag need one run, so that just shocks you to find out how selfish a few cricketers can be.

  • Percy_Fender on August 17, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Sangakarra has always had a streak of the unsportsmanlike in him camouflaged of course by his love of poetry and his erudition. In the Ahmedabad Test against India in 2009, I remember him being visibly unhappy that India were playing on to enable Sachin Tendulkar get his hundered in the second innings. He tried his best to stop it and seemed noticeably irritated by the adulation that the great man was being given in anticipation of that century. This incident told me a lot about Kumar who I have the greatest regard as a player. I wish he would seek to emulate the likes of Aravinda D'silva and Muralidharan in his attitude. It seems highly unlikely that Suraj Randiv, a greenhorn in international cricket would do something as ungentlemanly as this without instructions from someone senior enough. I was quite baffled to see this unfold in an India Sri Lanka match because the teams seem to be on very amiable terms all the time.Just goes to show what wrong advice can do to youngsters.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    @mohsee-Your Comments are disgraceful,Sehwag is one of the most nicest and humble guys to be around.What he said about Bangladesh was a fact,a mere 4-5 victories of 90 matches.stats are dere to support him and he was proven right.He is a coll and easy going person and the everyone likes him.And ther is no doubt that Randiv did it delibriately,look at his foot for godsake,he might know the rule but his senior players know and its on their instructions it was done.So we shud not blame him but his senior team-mates are responsible.And yes the stupid rule needs to be changed.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    It's shame of you srilankans.I can't even think of you leaving indian fans so happy after just being all out for 88 a week before.you should let them remind the way they got eliminated quite disgracefully in the last 3 major ICC tournaments even without getting into the semis loosing all the second round matches except the match against the second string WI.After the success in last couple of ODI tournaments in SL they always think they are the best.They were kicked out from the 2007 WC and badly want see how they perform in 2011 WC and want to see how their fans who are known to be "gentlemants in relation to cricket" who have lot to say about suraj randiv behave when their team win & most importantly loose.

  • muthavarapu on August 17, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Enormously…"No Ball was Deliberate" Especially Mr VIRU never ever cares abt 100. Most of the times, he always tries to hit for a Six or four to reach his 100/200/300. When he pointed abt the same means "Got to be some thing"

  • maxacrick on August 17, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Come-on Indians stop talking the spirit of the cricket and all.. Specially not u guys…. Ur players are the biggest cheaters of the game (this is the exact reason why ur players don't want UDRS) they never walk off even if they are out. Look at the players like Sanga, Mahela, Gilchirst and all they won't even wait for the umpire's decision. SO STOP TALKING ABOUT THE SPIRT OF THE GAME!!!! PLS FOR GOD SAKE…

    p.s. Teach your players how to celebrate after talking wicket too. The way they are currently celebrating is really unpleasant to watch.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I think, Sehwag is greedy for centuries and showing here who really he is. He had 3 balls before the no-ball when he was on 99 and now blaming Randiv for his inability, he is an idiot I would say. Either he would have scored just a single or keep quite rather than blaming others for his inability. If Randiv would have wanted prevent him getting century, then he would have bowled a no-ball in his 2 ball not 4th ball after giving 2 balls to score just a single.

    Also, he is spoiling spirit between two teams deliberately, everyone knows Malinga bowls wides on legside when attempting to bowl yokers, now Sehwag even saying that's deliberately done, how poor cricketer, not known common sense.

    What will happen if next day, he says Sri lanka deliberately trying to knock India out of finals in multi-national tournemenrs....too bad cricketer....

  • TikoloFan on August 17, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    @mannix16: i bowled two right balls, hence the third bal illegal one whichl i bowled ought be honest mistake. yeah?

  • TheOnlyEmperor on August 17, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Just before Randiv bowls the noball, Sanga can be heard clearly telling the bowler ( heard on TV courtesy the stump mike) that Sehwag was on 99. A good hint to the bowler by the captain I would have thought! That said, even BEFORE incident when Sehwag had just crossed 90, I was talling folks at home that IF there were to be a situation where Sehwag is on 99 and the scores level, the Aussies and Brits would not think twice of bowling a wide ball, away from the reach of the batsman. The Indians are gracious and simple minded people when playing cricket . An English or and Aus side would have denied Murali is 800 by deliberately getting out to somebody else when the match was all but lost.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    I had always found the comments more interesting than the topic discussed. Keep it up guys. U all rock.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    The no-ball looked so deliberate since the step was way ahead of the crease for a spinner. This type of aggression spoils the spirit of cricket which boasts to be a gentleman's game - but then Sehwag could have proved himself a gentleman if he would have kept his mouth shut and leave this to people and media to discuss. All over a bad spirited incident and follow-up comment.

  • malithk2001 on August 17, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan & I'm a big fan of Shewag's batting but his sportsmanship is very much questionable. His comment is seriously damaging the friendships between SL and India. Also is he implying that Randiv was playing cat & mouse with him!! lol.....this is a joke......why couldn't this so called batting machine get a single of the 2nd ball or the 3rd ball? Mr.Shewag why couldn't you? If Randiv wanted to screw your hundred he would have done it in the 2nd ball of the over don't u think? I don't think Mark Waugh, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Sunil Gavaskar, Sir Don etc would cry if they got stuck on 99!!! Shewag pls learn to accept both highs and lows in life!! That way u'd have more fans!! But congrats on a well played 99!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Poor Sportsmanship, Never expected this from a Srilankan Team !

  • Ritesh_India on August 17, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    nadesan,

    fast wide ball....... That was done by Sri Lanka as well to Sachin in Cuttack bowling a wide wide outside leg stump which went for 4 byes. Sri Lanka would be the only country to done in both form, wide and no

  • TheOnlyEmperor on August 17, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    If the same shot had been played with India needing 2 to win, the six would have counted. Now it doesn't. How can the outcome/result of a single ball be different under different occasions? Imagine another situation when the scores are level and the batsman plays it and the ball travels to the boundary rope, but as it travels the batsman run one run. So will the batsman be credited 1 run or a 4? Going by ICC's stupid logic, the batsman would be credited only 1 run and not the 4. What if in this case, Sehwag had tried to steal a single and had got run out? Would he have been declared out even though the match was over as a result of the no ball? You bet he would have been given out! So, there's no way he should not have been denied the six that he scored off the noball. The score of India should be increased by 6 in this case! Obviously if somebody has to explain this logic to the ICC after 100 years of cricket, then it can be safely said that ICC doesn't understand cricket!

  • RKSING on August 17, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Yet after such a cowardly act sangakkara has enough guts to pose excuses that Randiv is too young to know such rules.....Yet can be believed but senior guys of the lankan team especially(MAHELA AND SANGAA) are too senior and shameless to advice him to throw a no ball......Pity on Randiv tat such talent is headed to blossom under bunch of cowards and disgusted seniors.........

  • Vivek.Bhandari on August 17, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Though I would have loved if Sehwag got the hundred, I would also defend Randiv even if he has done it deliberately. You don't want to give the opposition any inch of space...and any kind of moral victory is indeed a victory in itself...

  • pranay_bangalore on August 17, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    I just have one question to all those who say SL did fair. How would it have been had indian's deprived murali of 800th wicket by deliberatley getting hit-wicket to other bowler or inducing a run out . DO you think that was fair enough to do. Sangakarra would have probably gone on indefinite hunger fast saying that it was foul on india part. Now if sehwag , who was deprived of a well deserved century says the no ball is deliberate, does that sound ridiculous? No...not an ounce.

    Does any sane bowler bowl a delivery with his backfoot at the place where his front foot shoul've been? Forget abt whether sehwag knows the rule or randiv knows, no one , no one i repeat in their sane mind bowls a delivery like that. Its shame on Randiv and X,X who advised him to do so....

  • green_jelly on August 17, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Both sides must think about it for a second: Randiv couldn't have known that runs off a no-ball would not be counted (Sehwag didn't until the umpires told him). So he wouldn't have thought that bowling a no-ball would have denied Sehwag a hundred, cos he bowled it at Sehwag and Sehwag could play a shot at it. If he truly wanted to deny Sehwag a century, he would've bowled it fast and very wide (possibly got a stumping also). In all likelihood, he just wanted to finish the match, and so bowled a no-ball. He must've thought, if Sehwag could score his hundred of that ball then well and good. So there were no malicious intentions. It is the stupid MCC rule that is causing all the problem. If that rule was corrected (why is the ball counted against Sehwag but not the runs??), then all will be fine. And oh, Sehwag and India will squeeze the most out of this issue, to play mind games with the SL team. They still need to reach the finals.

  • DeDhakka on August 17, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    This is so called fair play award winning Lanka ? I wouldn't mind it they were Australian who play multiple games apart from cricket. But the team which is been receiving fair play awards, doing this ? Surely it was intentional. Now Lankan fan's don't be so blind an see it cleanly. Be more ethical than as your captain is already got angry(offline) on this that gives you more proof.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Every Sri Lanka Players except few are chuckers and big of them is Sangakkara, yeah they try to do intentionally. Malinga for his bowling action, Murali previously and still going on with his actions too, these were the few examples. But whats the use once the match is over.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    this is the third occasion srilankan have done this to india. sehwag pointed out only two times. the incident in cuttack where sachin was stranded at 99 they bowled few wides to finish the game. and yesterday at dambulla. and the other occasion in kandy in test match at 2001. in which india won the match comfortably but ganguly was stranded at 97 non striker's end.the last ball of the match chamida vaas bowled a leg side 4 wides deliberately to deny ganguly's century. shame of srilankans but they wont show that they did on purpose .but russel arnold on air correctly pointed on dambulla that randiv made in purpose atleast hats off to russel for his humanity

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Guys! any sport must be played with the spirit of the game….there are always winners and loosers….no big deal….Sehwag's as a sports man has his own opinion and so does Randiv…. Who are we to judge….let's all as Indians be happy India won….. thats the bottom line…..no personal glories…..its a team game and all contributed….Cheers Guys!!!!!!!!:-}}}}}}

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    I'm really ashamed to be a Sri Lankan supporter.. Sehwag played a fab innings.. Hail Sehwag!!! You diserved the 100.. Please Sanga do not let your people ruin the quality of SL cricket.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    this is the third occasion srilankan have done this to india. sehwag pointed out only two times. the incident in cuttack where sachin was stranded at 99 they bowled few wides to finish the game. and yesterday at dambulla. and the other occasion in kandy in test match at 2001. in which india won the match comfortably but ganguly was stranded at 97 non striker's end.the last ball of the match chamida vaas bowled a leg side 4 wides deliberately to deny ganguly's century. shame of srilankans but they wont show that they did on purpose .but russel arnold on air correctly pointed on dambulla that randiv made in purpose atleast hats off to russel for his humanity

  • arpanc on August 17, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Well, this is not the second time Sri Lankan cricketers has shown this unsporting attitude on the field, in fact this is the third time. In 2002 Kandy test, they did the same thing with Ganguly, who was batting on 98, they bowled a wide and denied him a much deserved century. 8 yeras passed by, nothing changed and they are happy to proclaim that they are still a Bad Loser.

  • cricnivas on August 17, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Hello All you Guyz, Do not blame Sehwag, he is the kind of a straight forward person as he plays his cricket. He plays bold and he speaks bold. the comments against that Bangladesh team or this Randiv, he spoke what he thought and it is the truth as far as he is concerned.He does not mince the words. I like the way he plays his cricket and i like this person the way he is, nobody has succeeded to change his way, such people are very very rare to be successful in life like he is. So like him or not, he is like that ans he is the best.

  • on August 17, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    @kumarsatyam: ur right man.. our tailenders ddnt got out to other bowlers to deny murali's 800th wicket. Also Wasim Akram did not deny kumble's 10th wicekt in an innings at DElhi, and not did any pakistani player tried to get out to other bowlers deliberatly..considering the fact that rivalry is much more between ind pak matches, still they played in the spirit of game, unlike the lankans..

  • ra_ak on August 17, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Wether Randiv did it deliberately or not would not be so hotely debated if that six counted. I think the rules have to be re-written in this case - I see no reason why the runs scored off that ball would not count? It was just a no-ball and the batsman should be entitled to keep the runs he hit against it just like any other no-ball in the innings. Why would you deny the batsman the runs he legally scored just because the team already surpassed the total made by other team. If that ball wasnt a no-ball and it was hit for six, Sehwag would have got the full six runs eventhough India needed only 1 run to win the match. Then why not follow the same principle and treat that last ball just like an ordinary no-ball and give the batsman the legitimate runs he scorred off it. Yes, the Indian score would then be 6 runs more than SL score, so what? Who cares? The ones who should be blamed for this sad episod are the rule makers, not the bowler or his captain.

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Stop crying like a 5-year old kid who has just lost his candy. For all you know, the same bowler has dismissed you at 99 before and could've well done that again too. Nobody knows except Randiv and the Almighty whether that ball as deliberate or not, but regardless, Sehwag should except that as it is and get on with the game. This is not gully cricket where players wait for their centuries before finishing the game

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    One message for those who thinks INDIA is useless.

    First of all, You all know that this the under strength low potential team INDIA is playing with. No Gambhir, Bhajji, Zahir or Sachin... So if you still stumble against this level of bowling attack then you need to stop criticizing Indians.

    Well played INDIA. Grow up SL.

  • Al-Entity on August 17, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    I can see why Indian's continue to elect useless corrupt politicians. They believe everything THEY READ! lol So I guess Aussies were CORRECT when they said they HEARD Harbajan make a RACIAL SLUR! Remember just because someone assumes something doesnt always mean it is true. Sehwag is pretty irresponsible for saying something like this based on an assumption. Dhoni is the king of excuses I am so glad India won this because I am tired of Dhoni's excuses. As for Sehwag his bitter comments this is why his opponents never respect him. You remember when Jayasuriya and Aravinda were demolishing the Indian attack in the 90s they never made degrading comments at Indians. Try to be more Professional Indian.

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Whats happening with the Sri Lankans.....players with such a warmth...first Jaywardene and Sangakkara say Indians dont deserve no 1 spot in ICC Rankings and now this effort from Randiv....what happen to these players when they play in IPL?

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    This is disgusting and non sportive, Srilanka as a team lost its fame and dignity with the last over execution.....

  • Pathiyal on August 17, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    no, Suraj Randiv has not done anything against the spirit of the game. The no ball happened after putting 3 legal balls.....not on the first ball of the over. So people, leave him, get back to your work and let him enjoy his job. as far as viru is concerned, i dont think this as a 'rare opportunity denied' as we know that he is a super man and has many more superhuman innings in stock!!

  • Shandhan on August 17, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Unforunately, Randiv does not know the outcome of this on his cricketing career. He has to live with this shame for the rest of his career. I am sure that great man like Murali might not have done or advised this. Everyone will remember Randiv for a wrong reason forever! After all, cricket is called gentleman game. I am hoping either Sanga or Mahela did not direct him to do this.

  • prasadknair on August 17, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    This is the 3rd time they are doing this. First against saurav gangauly when we won a test against them at sri lanka and that time he was on 99 and against sachin and now against veeru. Grow up guys he outplayed you and accept that fact and play cricket with spirit. There is no place for these kinds of cheap tricks in cricket...

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    randiv done it deliberately, this is not the first time they are doing it, they denied century for SRT last year too... next to aussies srilankans comes next playing unfair games...

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    I dont think it was delibrate since the only teams that could do such things are pakistan and Australia and may be by some indian players..but nt sri lanka .

  • RKSING on August 17, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Gr8 Knock by Sehwag irrespective of his aggressive tournament.....Yet shameful finish by the lankans who boast of a better position in ICC rankings are not even mighty enough to provide a gracefull finish to what has been a tremendous show of batting by Viru.....Does this team deserve to Question indians on their aggreesiveness ???.....Overall Viru provided afitting reply by slapping the bowler for a huge six despite of the cowardly act by the bowler.....Disgrace on lankans.....

  • Indraneel.Kundu on August 17, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    i don't think the no-ball was intentional. sehwag is wrong to make these accusations and we are lapping it up like the scandal-mongers we are. stop judging others. it doesn't even make you right, let alone being the best critic you all try to be through your comments.

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Even if Randiv didn't knew about the No Ball rule he expected Sehwag to not score of that delivery like other two previous deliveries. And End match by bowling a No Ball. Not the first time a Sri Lankan did this. Don't forget how Malinga denied Sachin's century by bowling a wide. I fail to remember if Indians ever did this to any team.. Dharmsena's decision in the 3rd test match earlier.. catch of Murali Vijay. In replays you could clearly see Ball pitched on ground first. And Ashoka De Silva, Where is he now? Not the way to play game guys. No glory. I have huge respect for greats like Murali, Vaas, Arvinda de silva and many other Sri Lankan cricketers.

  • rezaghatok on August 17, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    What is the problem with Suraj Randiv the bowler of Sri lanka? I am sure his attitute was very very bad. That was not the cricket language that was a cheat. I am also unhappy to see the Iidiot who made these stupid No Ball Rules. Randiv hasn't bowled No-Balls in one-day cricket, only when he saw that Virender Sehwag stranded on 99 then why did he bowl a no-ball? And not a small no-ball, not a small margin, from one foot ahead. It is shame for cricket shame for Sri-Lankan cricket. It was not a mistake which Randiv had bowled the no-ball deliberately and that the move "has no place in good cricket. No doubt Randiv had instructions from senior team members to bowl the no-ball and it was the second time Sri Lanka had ended a match by giving away extras to deny an Indian batsman a century. Last year Sachin Tendulkar had finished unbeaten on 96 in a one-dayer against Sri Lanka in Cuttack that ended with Lasith Malinga bowling a wide down the leg side which went to the fine-leg boundary.

  • sniperboy on August 17, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    those who all defend randiv pl have a close look of the last ball he bowled.. you can justify your self no need arguments..

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    randiv got serious probs... he did it deliberately...

  • SajinVarghese on August 17, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Being an ardent supporter of Sehwag,i really want to say it was absurd,srilankans did it earlier against Tendulkar also,earlier,on a lifeless pitch,Jayasuriya & Mahanama piled runs to achieve a highest total in test cricket,what a shame,Srilankans are losing their minds,they cannot withstand in world cricket without Indian support,without India,u will be burned

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    If randiv did not do this Dhoni would have done this, and neither Savourov nor Dhoni has not right to comment the Sri Lankan ,as they themselves be Indians, they have stopped Tendulkar get his due Century

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    1st ball or 4th ball of the over doesn't really matter. Denying a century so deliberately is just not sportsmanship PERIOD

  • dantoddd on August 17, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Ah, the indian and their conspiracy theories. Get a life guys, Shewag had 4 balls to score one run. Even if you were to assume that the bye was intentional, how does that explain the other two balls. People should also stop pointing fingers at australia instinctively. I can fathom a modern australian team pulling something like that deliberately, the only team i would suspect of doing something like this is Pakistan. although I have to admit that sanga is a tool, and has a completely bogus accent.

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    This ws a funny incident. But all said and done, I don't think it is fare to blame SL. Honestly, how many of us knew this rule? Sehwag celebrated assuming that it was his 13th ton, so he didn't know of this rule, Sangakkara looked astounded when he heard this during the presentation and so, it would only be safe to assume Randiv was unaware of it. But what if Randiv actually knew the rule, well, that would be something that we can never find out. But it doesn't matter. As for Sehwag's comments, well, we all know how he is. He talks like the way bats, defies all logic, but all in good fun. Perhaps, this might spice up the otherwise very boring tournament.

  • NaveenBL on August 17, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    @Muhammad Masud Tarek - Sehwag was on 99 before the start of the over with India needing 5 runs to win. When Randiv bowled the no ball, India just needed 1 to win....

  • Sheeba1510 on August 17, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    This is Srilankan mentality.

    India could have easily avoided Muralitharan's 800 wickets, by declaring in the 1st Test, when he had 799 wickets. But India as always was generous.

    I appreciate India, for what it is?

    At the same time...

    SHAME ON SRILANKANS...

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    To prove sehwag wrong...randiv will now bowl no balls left and right, driving sanga mad and mahela will be thinking..damn that was agressive from sehwag's part.

  • ravi62 on August 17, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Cricket has lost "Sportsmen" and this is the truth. With commercialization, it is time the Adam Gilchrists and Sangakara shed their false image and accept the truth that they too would bend and break the "rule books" to achieve their personal goals at the cost of the game and its gentlemanship. Forget it; let the statisticians say that Shewag was 99 not out. It doen't matter to the true sports lover. He played one of the greatest one day innings under "foreign conditions" and ensured that India have come back into the tri series strongly. The new look Newzealand cannot be taken lightly. Destiny may have the last laugh. After all Randiv and the great sportsman of the game "Kumar" may at the end watch the finals from their couch at home with India and Newzealand battling it out for the trophy. ICC has to take serious note of captains who demean the game. We would prefer to see a Ricky Ponting who admits to the needs of the modern game rather than the Kumars..Good luck to Lanka Cricket

  • on August 17, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    100% Nadesan.5 year old would have done better.Seems he plays for records more than team.They would have done this deliberately if they were in the situation.So may be they are on a thinking that Sri Lankans are like them.Sorry but we are not like u all.

  • pamithK on August 17, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    @Swapon Walker : What do you know about the spirit of Sri Lankan Cricket? CL has repeatedly won the award the spirit of cricket at ICC events and I never recall India ever being nominated. Where was the ball tampering/throwing? You must been watching some other match for sure. Sehwag had more than enough deliveries to get his 100..he just couldnt..stop covering his mistake with what suraj did..

  • iamgroot on August 17, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Finally true colors of SL cricketers are showing up and everyone is getting to know how jealous SL is and was before. First of all Randiv's No ball was no accident and after many replays you can only agree with sehwag because it was deliberate. And second somebody pointed out sehwag is playing for many years so he should have known the rule and since randiv is playing from past one year only. No this reason shouldnt be an excuse. Sehwag deserves that century just as randiv deserves all the stinging criticism. They are two classes apart. Sehwag is open, frank and plays straight on and off field unlike SL cricketers. What randiv did is absolutely horrible and disgusting which sets him apart from GREAT cricketers like sehwag and co. And so what if he calls bangladesh ordinary ? bangladeshi supporters should get angry on the pathetic way their team plays and not for one comment from great player.

  • ankur_malhotra on August 17, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Its not the second time.. I remembered they once denied Saurav Ganguly a 100 in a test match .. He was left not out on 97 (I think) in the fourth innings.. Vaas bowled several wides down the leg side and the wicket keeper deliberately missed it and 4 byes were added all the time..

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 17, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    I heard ganguly saying in one of the news channels that same thing was done to him in kandy in 2002.....

    And now if you take sachin and sehwag's case it comes down to 3.I believed Sri Lanka were a proud team who took pride in whatever they did....

    Sorry but it was deliberate and has left a bad taste in the mouth of cricket lovers...

  • insightfulcricketer on August 17, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    If ever a SriLankan fan wants to know how Randiv will shape up- it was now. Bowling a gutless no-ball tantamounts to throwing a game. Even when scores are level true champs will try to see how they can sneak out another wicket. Just imagine Murali doing that? For India a worrisome sign is lack of a bowling all-rounder. Time to check out Irfran and Abhishek Nayar. Jadeja definitely cannot be expected to bat in ODIs. Before time runs out for World Cup the crucial no.7 needs to be tested.

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    This is bizzare... Look at a scenario wherein the team wins in the 1st ball of the 41st over through a illegal delivery (read it as no-ball, wide etc). Will it be recorded as win in 40 overs? Will the winning team get a bonus point then? If so, the losing team can use this tactic to rig results (to choose opponents in the next rounds) in major tournaments? Thing to ponder upon...

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    This is bizzare... Look at a scenario wherein the team wins in the 1st ball of the 41st over through a illegal delivery (read it as no-ball, wide etc). Will it be recorded as win in 40 overs? Will the winning team get a bonus point then? If so, the losing team can use this tactic to rig results (to choose opponents in the next rounds) in major tournaments? Thing to ponder upon...

  • CricketfaninHK on August 17, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    The fact of the matter here is that Sehwag deserved a hundred and was miffed at having in fact got it with that six but denied in the end by a quite nonsensical rule. However, Sangakarra missing the simplest of takes at the start of that over, which went for 4 byes, didn't at all look real. Yes, Randhiv perhaps didn't know about the no-ball rule as well, but his massive no-ball at the end didn't convince me that it wasn't done on purpose(even fast bowlers don't overstep so badly). Well played Viru & India, inspite of the spoilsport lankans.

  • laleeshaw on August 17, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    sri lanka had won the spirit of cricket award consecutively ,we all know that Kumar is a humble guy he gave himself out when even the umpire didn't knew,and randiv is new to the field can he be such a mastermind to set a trap like that.I think every sehwag butt kissers have forgot that sehwag faced two dot balls before the no ball.it is because of his style(getting a six to reach a century)he lost a century.well played sehwag,you deserved a century,but you didn't deserve to reach there with a six .

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    Consider this, scoring a 100 out of a total of 170, that too in srilanka where 220 to 250 is a definite winning total. Great players have found it difficult to score a hundred here(srilanka). So sehwag should be disappointed in missing the century by a cheap act of randiv. Sehwag had restricted his attacking game and played an innings that we usually relate with tendulkar, staying till the end and winning it for the team. Atleast for the temperament he showed he should have got the 100. Legends are always legends irrespective of their numbers, sehwag is one for sure.

  • Hindh on August 17, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    This match also proved that lankans also cannot bat when there is swinging conditions , even though they r winning all the tosses against india in tests and ODI SL have lost the matches , This shows the quality of Indian team. Congrats India UR the worthy NO 1 cricket side.

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    poor Sehwag remains 99 not out ...wel dowl Randiv ..

  • Sininsh on August 17, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    I have noticed that Srilankans, especially under Sangakara, are bad losers and bad sport. I understand that losing is difficult, but there is dignity to be maintained when on the loosing side, esp in sport and esp so in Cricket. But Sangakara is such a bad sport. He is effusive in victory and so so very defensive in loss. I think he has a misplaced arrogance. You can make it out from his body language while on field. He doesn't give the credit where it's due. If Sri Lanka wins (which they have hardly in the last 3 years with India) he is all praise for himself and his team, and when he loses, he only talks about 'if they did it like this, the result could have been like that.' He is not a sport.

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    The tack here is not just about the big no-ball of Randiv. Look at this for a scenario. Should a team win in the 40.1 overs through a non-legal delivery (read it as no-ball, wide etc), the match is recorded as closed in 39.6/ 40.0 overs. Will the team that won get a bonus point? If so this can be used by the losing teams to choose opponents (a.k.a rigging) the outcome in bigger tournaments....

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Even as a big fan of sehwag, I can't say that his comments are right about Randiv. The extent of no ball may be big, but there is still a chance that he might not have done it intentionally. So, let's give the benefit of doubt to the bowler in this case and treat him with sportsmanship. Viru anyway succeeded by hitting a six(whether counted or not) at 99 which is his star mark than a century.

  • Jaggadaaku on August 17, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    @ mohsee, Randiv just played few matches and did this and Harbhajan played more than 150 matches already. If Harbhajan haven't done yet, that means he is not that kind of person who can/could do it. So, stop comparing Spiritless Randiv and Powerful Harbhajan. First you need to grow up and then Randiv and his supporters. If you guys would do something like this nasty, other players will inspire to go nastier and there will be no spirit in the cricket. @ nadesan, did you watch that incident on TV? Probably not. And that is the only reason you said it wasn't on purpose. Watch it again. Randiv attempted to bowl and returned without bowled, and suddenly changed his mind and then next time bowled a "BIG NO-BALL". Even professional blind spinner wouldn't bowl this big no-ball. Fast bowlers may be mess-up with the steps and make mistakes. So, this is not shouts without thinking. You may be the hardcore fan of Sri Lankan team, but I am sure you also know this was ungraceful incident.

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    The big mouth player which Sehwag is, I would have bowled a deliberate No-ball or wide :)

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    What a rubbish claim by India's leading and well reputed batsman. If that delivery was deliberate, it should have been the first delivery of Randiv's over not the 4th one. No doubt Sehwag deserved a hundred but why he couldn't score that single in first three deliveries? I'm sorry but It's totally ridiculous and nonsense.

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    may be randiv deliberately took the wicket of sehwag, when he was on 99 in the second test at SSC ha ha ha ha

  • EdgedNTaken on August 17, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    I think Sanga cannot be trusted here. First he conceded 4 byes and then I think I heard the stump mic pick up he saying a line in Sinhalese which had the word "century". Watch the rerun or highlights. I couldn't understand what he meant. He may have been saying "Don't deny him a century" but for all you know it could have been otherwise too. I used to feel bad that Sanga was wrongly given out by Rudi Koertzen in a test against Aus not so long ago. Not any longer. Enough Said.

  • boris6491 on August 17, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Just childish and disgraceful. Sehwag is acting like a kid. Does his century matter more than India's win? Evidently judging by this ridiculous outburst it seems to. Whether or not Randiv deliberately overstepped, to be honest, Sehwag has no right to complain childishly to the media. He may have deserved the century, but it has shown me where his loyalties lie. To himself and not to his team. He has lost my respect.

  • botswanajv on August 17, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    If Randiv bowled a no-ball intentionally it is not wrong. He is not playing for India and if he thought of denying his opposite team member a century - what's wrong? If Sehwag was out on that ball, would we be talking about it? Remember, he got out earlier on a free hit to Malinga and got dropped once on a free hit. Also, if Sehwag reacted the way he did, it is fair too. He just lost an opportunity to score a century on a ball he hit for six! Truly, what is being discussed about here is only a part of his whole statement. I am sure Sehwag and Randiv both had a beer after wards. What Sehwag certainly does is excite the media with his comments and this should keep the media happy. After all they got something exciting to write about during these very frequent encounters between the two countries and Sehwag's consistent performance against SL.

  • gkrish83 on August 17, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Dear friends...There is no doubt about it ..it was 200% deliberate no ball....so dont argue..srilankan crickets are always like this......soon truth will come out..lets see...

  • dejavoo83 on August 17, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Guys anybody who watched the game will know that it was a deliberate act from suraj.even school kids dont ball noballs like that.

  • satanswish on August 17, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Can this poor Srilankan team reach Finals? Randiv is much-hyped ordinary bowler.

    Fact is that, Sri Lanka gonna find it hard to win match after chucker Murali's retirement.

  • Kandyman on August 17, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Sehwag doesn't make any sense. If Randiv was actually trying to deny Sehwag a hundred he would have simply bowled a large wide that ran away. Or he would have simply bowled it straight after the byes were given away. In fact I doubt Randiv even realized the rule which states the match is over when a no-ball is bowled with 1 run required. (which seems inconsistent to say the least given that a team can score more than 1 run over their opponents score to win, but a no ball ends the game straightaway, even though the ball is not dead...) - There is a lot of whinging going on here and this is essentially a storm in a teacup. There was no maliciousness or anything against the spirit of the game. Sehwag is just unhappy he didn't get a century and it seems he's rather selfish, given that he cares more about this than the fact that his team won!

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Guys here is the thing.. The people who are doubting that the 'no ball' was not deliberate, go and watch that over's footage again. Sangakkara clearly said in his own language something about "hundred". But it seems by mistake he said "hundred" in English. Caught on the stump mic.

  • on August 17, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    I respect Sri Lankan Team. I also admire Suraj Randiv as a budding youngster to fill in the shoes of the "Legend" Murali. I don't think anyone can actually comment on this issue without knowing any facts. What Sehwag did was being his usual self, to the point, no beating around bush talk ... talking his mind without any filters. You cannot really blame anyone for speaking straight. And it was a nice gesture from Sanga, agreeing to look into the issue, which is truly commending.

    I really want to believe that this incident was not intentional. It would be pretty sad if it was. Lets wait for the facts to come out.

  • Jaggadaaku on August 17, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    Randiv never going to become great spinners like Murali, Warne, or even Kumble. Because these three spinners never did like this in their entire cricket career. And these three spinners were the best in all aspects. Randiv, grow up. You are not playing street cricket. This is international cricket, and if you do something like this, everyone will figure it out right a way. This thing is absolutely similar to the Australia bowlled underarm the last ball when New Zealand needed 6 runs to win. Sri lanka has gone into Cheaters territory now, and I am sure looses the respect too. In history many example showed when the batsman was on 97 to 99 and one run needed to win, no bowler ever did this kind of spiritless activity. Sehwag is the batsman who did not blame Randiv when someone asked him about this incident after the match. What a wonderful cricketer Sehwag is, and what a spiritless cricketer Randiv is. A message to Randiv: "Go back and play your street cricket in S.L. Your place is ther"

  • on August 17, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    I understand that all of you have mixed opinions. I am not saying that sehwag is a baby or that randiv is a spoilt sportsman. I am an Indian supporter, and a great fan of cricket, and always favor the team that is better at the end of the day, be it India or another team. However, don't you guys believe that it was in mind, if not intentional..looking at how far his foot went across the line? It's not about fans from india or srilanka, its about that particular ball, that foot, which went about more than a foot across the line. Anyway, it was a stellar performance by sehwag.. Screw that one run. Wont make a difference, not much at least. India have won, with a bonus point, exactly what they wanted.

  • Swami73 on August 17, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Randiv might not have known the rule. He also bowled two more balls when Sehwag was 99. But inspite of that when he realised that for two balls Sehwag couldn't score he surely had some intention of spoiling the party. He would have wanted to do something to ensure that the runs are denied. Anybody who plays sports at some level will realise that on the sports field we all do things that we would be ashamed off if we think calmly. It was clear Randiv was not a sport at the spur of the moment. The no ball was so big that it makes Dilhara look like an angel. SL fans always have the holier than thou attitude. If you look at Sanga's and Mahela's faces when they appeal, almost every ball is a wicket. They act astounded that their appeal has been denied. Great actors. So SL fans - stop bad mouthing India. We have been very supportive of SL cricket. India is one of the more graceful teams on the field when compared to teams like Oz, Pak, SA. As for SL - they are angels of course:-)

  • KAIRAVA on August 17, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    When Sehwag was on 99, one can clear hear Sangakkara (from the stump-mike) instructing Randiv (..in Sinhala) to stop Sehwag from getting a 100, at all costs..& when asked about that incident by Tony Greig during the post match interview, he was seen making facing being innocent & ignorant about the whole issue. Sorry to say, however a good batsman he might be, but as a captain (who should be a role mode), he is one of the worst.

  • KAIRAVA on August 17, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    When Sehwag was on 99, one can clear hear Sangakkara (from the stump-mike) instructing Randiv (..in Sinhala) to stop Sehwag from getting a 100, at all costs..& when asked about that incident by Tony Greig during the post match interview, he was seen making facing being innocent & ignorant about the whole issue. Sorry to say, however a good batsman he might be, but as a captain (who should be a role mode), he is one of the worst.

  • on August 17, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    @cric4india and Jigar_Shah.. I don't think you have ever played cricket in a ground nor scored a century. Me neither. But I know how hard it is to stay that long in the crease and defy the odds. Century for viru is not for record.. he will never bother about records we all know. But he deserves a personal milestone, not a record to compare with someone. Its the personal goal after working so hard against a very good attack.

    @Salman and Masud.. please shut up. As a sports person everyone wanted murali to retire with 800 wickets, and as sanga said.. viru deserves a hundred. I dont think sanga involved in this.

  • on August 17, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Indians are known for it. if anyone can remember Ganguly bowl a wide ball to sanath when he was 183 to stump him.. so shame on indian players!!! we also believe shevag deserve the hundred! but what to do.. he got 3 delivery.. but he did not manage to do it..

  • arvin on August 17, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    if it was not for no balls then sehwag would have been out in first iover... so was that no ball also deliberate... and what about first four balls of the over... why not sehwag took a chance to get his hundered instead of waiting for it from sri lankans... he is just being a cry baby...

  • on August 17, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    i am a sri lankan and we feel really shame now. Sangakkara and Randiv shame on you!!! Listen to the stump mic.. you can get it... shame on you!! do not do this to sri lankan cricket!!!! Shame on you sanga!! you always lead the team to troubles!!

    Virender Sehwag deserved that century!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    well..this drama is not for numbers or centuries..just morale..where is it in lankans? sanga is a cry baby..he couldn't(didn't want to) understand how India got # 1 spot in tests..check the test results in last 10 years...India had won more tests than it lost against all major opponents..yeah lanka also has good track record in last 10 years..guess what..they played 12 tests against b'desh and won all of them..thats how they got those good numbers..he mentioned about India not winning a test series in Australia..he might want to check on how to win a test in Aus(so far Lanka won ONLY ONE test against Aus in Kandy), considering the fact that Aus is one of the best test team in last two decades..India won 7 & lost 6 against Aus in last 10 years.

  • nlambda on August 17, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    @mohsee: Sehwag was undiplomatic but correct. BAN is indeed an ordinary side, with a long way to go before it can win a test against top 6 teams. Anyhow that is irrelevant. Randiv's act was unsporting and inappropriate for an international player and will sour relations between the two teams. Hope it does not do so between the two teams' fans.

  • manishv on August 17, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    May be it's good move by Sri Lanka... They denied India 6 runs...basically cutting down in net run rate...

    Still the rule should be looked at...If you count the ball towards Sehwag... count his runs also against the ball... But even if it was done deliberately ... it's ok... 99 or 100 ... it does not matter... Main thing... India Won... with Bonus point...

  • on August 17, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    it's bad karma... :-( hope this doesn't occur later in the series...

  • haroonalvi on August 17, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    For those who didnt understand the law. The law says that as soon as the bowler over-stepped, the run was added to the scorecard (even before the ball reached Sehwag), which ended the match. Hence the six was hit by Sehwag after the match ended, and hence should not be counted.

    As for sportsmanship, I am a Pakistani and here is my take on it. Sri Lankans (led by Sanga) did an ungentlemanly thing, and had sanga been against it, the byes might not have been conceded. So this behavior is childish, and immature.

    As for Sehwag, he is also not a gentleman, by disrespecting Bangladesh, and SriLanka too after this match, he has made it clear that he would speak whatever he wants to, even if that comes at the expense of losing his respect as a gentleman in the minds of many. And this is precisely the reason why I think Dhoni is a real gentleman and respectful person (unlike Sehwag).

  • Maverick_0882 on August 17, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket team has shown once again that they are nothing but a bunch of SORE LOSERS

    If i was the Indian Captian, i would walk my team out of the series and go back home to play galli cricket rather that playing these morons.

    It is players like Randiv that bring shame to a game that is already losing its charm over the years.

  • Manoj1234 on August 17, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    I think this has hurt Randive's and Sri Lanka's reputation a lot more than it hurt India. India was going to win the match anyways. There was nothing to lose for India. By acting in such a cowardly manner, Randive and Lankans have pretty much lost any goodwill they might have had in India. The action was extremely immature and petty and shows the Lankans in a very bad light. For just 1 run they have damaged their reputation. Shameful. -Manoj

  • thenkabail on August 17, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Good that Shewag did not get a 100!!!: Honestly, it is delightful to see India win. But I am really tired of people who are always after personal goals. Shewag getting 99 and India winning is far more important than he getting a 200 and India loosing. So, everyone cool off. If Randiv bowled a no ball, so be it....it gave India 1 run!. For those who truly love Shewags batting, please read Ian Chappell's article. Shewag is the best batsman in the world- by far and let us celebrate it. In contrast, what is wrong with India's youngesters like Rohit Sharma. He just has so much talent and to see him fail repeatedly is heartbreaking. I am happy that Raina is dropped (or rested?). He has no talent for real challenges (I will be happy to be proved worng though). India should focus on world cup and get people like Rahul Dravid back.

  • chandana1997 on August 17, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    As unbias cricket loving Srilankan I am really dissappointed when Shewag was denied a deseving century by bowling a deliberate NO ball.whoever instrumental in this unsporty act should be repremanded.It is dam shame after the drama of preparing unsporty wickets for the test series by an old codger, Srilankan players have shown how unsporty they are. bowling a deliberate NO ball is worse a than bowling an under arm delivery by Trever chappel against Newzealand.Wake up Srilankan cricket authorities as well as ICC officials to protect the spirit of cricket.

    Unsporty crooks should not play cricket to tarnish the image of Mother Lanka.

    Chandana1997

  • on August 17, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    It doesn't really matter if the no-ball was deliberate,as India won the game with bonus points.

    To all low lives who think India would do a low act like what happened last night, I would really like to relive the moment where even Indians intended to do something like that.If cricket lovers think, fame has got into the heads of Indian players, I would suggest please have a look at the ICC team and player rankings and the accomplishments by players on topic, their record filled careers will speak for themselves. SO STOP INDEXING PLAYERS AND TEAMS OUT AND ENJOY THE GAME IN ITS BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT. Sehwag's innings was a class act, so he deserves the right to take his fair feelings out.

  • South_Indian on August 17, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    SL has won the ICC "SPIRIT OF THE GAME" award two years in succession. Why has India not got even one? Reason: they never play fair, never accept defeat and blame opposition and pitches. I cant understand why when other countries cricketers never accuse their opponents as cheats regardless of where the match is played, Indians alone come up with such DIRTY accusations. Its just disgusting and Indians... its just BAD SPORT and not good for the game guys!

  • rtom on August 17, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    is that a new rule "scored runs of a no-ball does not go to the batsman's favor ??"

  • on August 17, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Sewhag realy deserved that century, we need to review the rules of the game of scoring off a no ball as it is allowed before the game is finished but not after...if Suraj Randiv did eleberately bowl a no-ball, and only he knows if he did or not, this would be worst kind of spoilsport we would have in this world and he will be feeling a gulity conscience for life!! Let us give him the chance to ruminate on this himself.

  • zxaar on August 17, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    @mohsee "If,to Sehwag some international cricket team is "ORDINARY", then iam gald he didnt reach a century today." ----------------- Are you saying that bangladesh team is not ordinary?? By the way are bangladesh still playing tests or they are relegated. Just wondering.

  • South_Indian on August 17, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    OMG ! Grow up Indians ! You said this against Aus, now you say this against SL and tomorrow you will say this against SA! Everybody supports their country and team, but Indian fans are ridiculously blind to understand the difference between sport and life. You guys think of your cricketers as "holy men" and everybody else is branded a "cheat". Yesterday it was Sydney, now Dambulla, tomorrow... may be Durban?

  • lakx on August 17, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    @MuhammadMasudTarek, The 4th ball was a no ball but the problem is out of the 11 runs in byes and no-ball in 34.3 over, 5 were in those 3 balls+no ball. Before ball 4 was called a no-ball, if ball 2 & 3 were not no-balls then it does not mean Randiv did not try to bowl a no-ball, on the contrary his 'BIG" no-ball proves that he was trying to be 100% sure of a no-ball after failing to bowl/umpire not calling a no-ball for two deliveries. The Sri Lankan attitude was so obvious in this tour, questioning ICC ranking, "India not aggressive enough for #1" etc from guys who survive playing India and act as nice guys in India. Did anyone realize that in recent years, India's worst record is in Sri Lanka. India are way ahead of Aus, overall and overseas, if you remove the matches played in Sri Lanka. And Sri Lanka are a much worse team if you remove the matches India has played in Sri Lanka. This team once killed a match so that their players,mahanam & Jayasurya, can go for meaningless records.

  • zxaar on August 17, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    @ salmankhan1234 "If I was there I would do the same thing what Ranbiv did. Matter of fact I will through wide and a no ball. " ---------------- off course you would do that and thank God that world has not sunk to this level. Do you know that there are many things done on pitch in good spirit. Just an example other team captain can deny a runner. If everyone was like you everyone would be fighting.

  • zxaar on August 17, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    @ curtambrose "I'm suprised a Sri Lankan cricketer did this. The sort of low act that you would expect from the Indian team." --------------------- your life must be full of surprises then. A normal person would have got used to Sri lanka doing this type of things as this is not the first time they did. Nor this is the last from them.

  • on August 17, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    @ManMix... the problem is not that Randiv was trying to get Sehwag out, i mean he is supposed to do that.. the problem is the no-ball on 99... it was no small margin either which supports the argument that it was an intentional one.. so the matter comes down to the fact that "is a no-ball to gift to the opposition victory and leave the striker stranded on 99, afterall, ethical and sportsman like?"

  • here2rock on August 17, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka has upset Viru, they will pay for it for the rest of the series. Viru will make them pay!

  • on August 17, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    Yes it was the fourth ball of the over. So what? Remember how Sehwag missed his 100 in the second test by a rash shot. Again, Sehwag played very carefully to get to his 99 & it would have been stupid if he got out to a rash shot. Where was the rush anyway? India had plenty of balls left to get the bonus point, just like Sehwag for his hundred. People who state otherwise are just like the commentators, who, if the batsman falls for a skier, getting caught almost at the boundary, call it a bad shot, whereas, if the same goes to the boundary they call it magnificent. Typical "EXPERT COMMENTATORS".

  • on August 17, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    If only one heard the stump cameras one would know. Sangakkara clearly said something about 100 runs to Randiv. Though I did not understand Sinhala, it appeared fishy to me. Why talk to a bowler about a batsman's score when you are losing? If at all there was some cheating, it did not come from young Randiv.

  • happy-go-lucky on August 17, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    @Samaprab Dude who cares about SL making 1000 runs in an innings. That was the most disgraceful of pitches ever. So did you guys win the match after making 900+? Anyway, in test matches, all teams bowl -ve line to frustrate the oppn. Don't you know that?

  • ajaydesai on August 16, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Viru should think about winning crucial game for India and not about personal records.

  • SnowSnake on August 16, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    @arvind raj: You may be right. I think Randiv bowled 2 no-balls after 4 byes. Umpire may have intentionally ignored them marginally. So, next time Randiv bowled no ball with his back foot almost out of crease.

  • crazie on August 16, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    I think the whole controversy is over-blown. If Randiv really wanted to deny Sehwag a century, why would he bowl two good deliveries after the four leg-byes?

  • Muksith on August 16, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Dear Thuvarakan Karunananthan......Who afraid to whom....??? i thing ur still kid in cricket arena... pls think twice b4 say someting whole world knows that did u forget 1996 world cup Semi fainal in the EDEN Garden... not only indian Players whole indians... not only afraid shivering....finaly they star to shows they are (Indians) real corrector they don't like to loose.... so pls keep ur mouth shut....

    now i come to the point i am asking u then Viru on 99 how many balls he face...???? if he(Randiv) really want to ball no ball he mast ball b4 2 ball on 99 viru face 2 balls ... pls mind ur word 1st. if u want to now which crecket team... have more respect with other cricket playing nations with out any doubt SL # 1 or 2... but if u ask abt India.... with out any doubt .... beloved the table... even with out test plaing nation head of Indians...

  • Romeo999 on August 16, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Srilankans would only understand the problem if the SAME thing happened to sangakkara or jayasuriya wer on '99' and the bowler throws a quick wide and the ball races away for four runs !! and with only one run needed he over steps the line by a Foot hoping batsman would miss the ball. unfortunately, sehwag did connect with the ball but the runs were not counted and the worst of all is SL people supporting their player as it was not his fault. you guys need to grow up and understand that SEHWAG the great doesnt mind losing out on a hundred but minds randiv's cheap tactics. Thank you

  • gannyboy on August 16, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    trulely sehwag speaks the way he bats on the field

  • johnsanthosh on August 16, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    INDIA SHOULD QUIT THIS SERIES BECAUSE OF THE SHAMELESS ACTION FROM SRILANKAN PLAYERS

  • nadesankiru on August 16, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    @Muhammad Masud Tarek, good point made. You are spot on with that. He got 4 balls to score 1 run and missed out. People (no matter what nationality) should learn to deal with it. Its understandable that Viru can't keep his mouth shut..mainly because he is a clear big mouth. I am a supporter of Indian cricket as well...but this is rubbish! Look at the facts..First, its Sri Lanka...and not Australia. Next, even Viru didn't know about the NO BALL rule...And all assumes Randiv does??? Common, Viru have been playing for ages and Randiv started last year I think. Randiv could have easily bowled a fast wide...why go for a No Ball directed to the BAT??? Instead of going after the Idiots who made these stupid no ball rules...We are blaming the bowler.. Shame on all who just shouts without thinking...Just because words are free..doesn't mean that they have to be used like this (Including Viru, who talks like a 5 year old at press conferences). THINK AND THEN COMMENT PLEASE.... Nadesan

  • MadeInIndia on August 16, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    We cant say whether Randiv did it deliberately or not.

    The main culprit is the RULE. The scorer who insisted on this rule to be implemented is one more cause of the problem. Catch him and blame him. Humans make rules and rules need to be bent depending on the situation. Rules shouldnt dictate humans. Here a stupid rule has spoilt a great moment. Sehwag is a HERO. He played like a HERO and he deserved it more than anything else

    His comment that Randiv did it deliberately is again nonsense. Other than that he has done everything correct. My respect for him doesnt go away just because of this, he sometimes can make such statements. He is really a fearless HERO.

    Sachin on the other hand must have talked to Sehwag after the match on phone and told him about his century too. He is a selfish player for sure. But Sehwag is a HERO

  • kk777 on August 16, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    bad day for cricket...but at least this guarantees a sehwag special in the next match

  • kalyanbk on August 16, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    The end result is that India won with a Bonus point. Thoroughly deserving result for the Asian ODI Champions and World Test Champions. If this incident propels Sehwag to get a hundred later in the tournament, India will be happy enough. Lifting the cup is the best answer.

  • on August 16, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    all these Sri lankan fans also have to answer how come twice Lankans denied Indian players their deserved hundreds by playing not by the rules...shame on Lanka

  • goyahlcolts on August 16, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    People, you should refresh yourself with the rules...Law 6.(a) states that as soon as a result is reached the match is over, however it comes about. The no-ball won the match and so nothing subsequent to that is counted. It may be unsporting (haven't seen it, can't comment) but it's not incorrect. I remember Ryan Harris getting caught off a no-ball (called for height) in a one-day game which won the match for Australia, looked strange but that's how it works. And ABP235 - you are wrong, if the batsmen need a single to win and run it before the ball reaches the boundary only the one run is credited. Law 6.(c). Surely some of the suggestions for reform here can't be serious. A little knowledge and a large amount of "patriotic" hysteria is a dangerous thing.

  • on August 16, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    @nadesankiru you would have also shouted if some Indian bowler had done this. So pls dont act as though you are the only decent guy here. It was deliberate and it shows very clearly as his rear foot was beyond the crease. If a fast bowler does it i can understand not a spinner for god's sake. Come on give us a break. NOTHING TO THINK AND COMMENT IT IS PLAIN FACT!!!

  • trublue on August 16, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    OMG.. just realized he had a life with the noball rule in the first over.. His comments make it even more ridiculous... This is bad.. Just be happy you were still batting.

  • on August 16, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    What a stupid way to deny a batsman a century. This stupid Randiv is not confident of his bowling and bowls a noball not to to be hit for a six. Shame on you Randiv grow up become a cricketer and a player first of all. Lankans you have bored Sehwag with your same stupid tactics now come out and play cricket and not chep games!!! Grow up lanka Grow up.

  • on August 16, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    I think that most of the subcontinental T-20 and 50-50 matches are sham and fixed. Teams that lose a match by an enormous margin go out and win the next match by the same margin! While I agree that Cricket is a funny game, it seems that there is more afoot than we are led to believe. A strong team does lose matches, but hardly gets wiped out. it happens now with such regularity that the words "form" or "class player" hardly mean a thing. It is a shame really- and the ICC is powerless to do anything to stop this from happening.

  • Burbon on August 16, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    What are these Indians crying about.He had 4 other deliveries to score 1 run.He wanted to finish it of with a 6 and it cost him a century, then at the press conference he just kept on crying like a baby.Viru just toughen up and take it like a man as you've got only your self to blame for being greedy.

  • trublue on August 16, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Ok Sehwag.. I respect you dude, but you need to grow up a little. While I totally concur that you deserved a century, Centuries dont matter. The win against lanka did. I find this attitude the worst part about indian cricket, most indian batsmen seem to be so self-centered (starting with gavaskar).

    You know one more thing? Batsmen dont win matches, bowlers do. So i find the indian team top heavy.

    Getting back to topic.. I sympathize with bowlers because the game is so skewed against them. Its just not cricket anymore. What was Randiv's job? To get you out, i contend that he was 100% doing his job. How many b atsmen have gotten out in their 90's for a bad ball? Think about it? Cricket is as mental as its physical. He was just trying to get you frustrated.. Thats my take.

  • satyachowdary on August 16, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Dont know what muhammad said but he's suggesting that randiv is a gentleman... Like a true pakisthani....

  • bvnathan on August 16, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    NO BALL was deliberae or not deliberate .. it shows a lack of sportmanship and spirit of the game on the field ... that too with one run required for victory

    anyway the application of the rule is idiotic and it is high time ICC changed the same and kept it simple

    If the bowler (Randiv) did try his level best to deny Sehwag the one run for his century, then the full credit goes to Randiv for achieving the impossible

    Cricket these days needs players like Sobers, MAK Pataudi etc. who have asked bowlers to bowl a delivery so that the batsman who is on the verge of the century makes it with a flourish ... that is SPORTSMANSHIP and SPIRIT

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 16, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    @ mohsee ur comments are wonderful and I agree we should not blame randiv for his defensive approach but FYI...ppl are not crying because Sehwag missed his century but are pointing at Randiv's self-consciousness and game spirit for being sooo defensive by which his team didn't going gain anything. For question "what if Indian bowler,for instance Harbajan, did this? " and my answer is Indian bowler will not do this. SL is definitely a good team and this topic is only on Randiv's approach.

    @ Mannix16 ..ur question was good. You have answer in ur question. I agree Randiv bowled very nicely that Sehwag had to defend those balls. Then why such a good bowler had to go for intentional no-ball?

  • kumarrajeev00008 on August 16, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    From last few year compitition is increase between subcontinent teams.mainly srilanka doing everything to get top spot.in today's incident you can clearly see that it was intentional by randiv because that was a very big no ball and spinners didn't bowled as big no ball as randiv bowled today.so it a tric done by randiv & other senior players aslo involve.few year later sanga says test ranking system is not correct because india is no.1.why sanga didn't raise thise queation when other team was on the top.

  • cricPassion2009 on August 16, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    @ Dear Sri Lankan fans, please take it easy. Viru is reacting on the spur of the moment!

    He's a talented bloke and understandably is upset. Hope Randiv avoids bowling no-ball in a match's last over if possible in future ;-)

  • on August 16, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Is this because of cheap manoeuvre by the Sri Lankan Cricket team or Suraj Randiv ?? Interestingly Sehwag and Jayawardene have scored 12 centuries each. May be he might have promoted the act and used Randiv ..... Whatsoever we can only call Sehwag Unlucky...

  • Alexk400 on August 16, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Until ball becomes dead everything should be counted!. Change the damn rule.

  • vik56in on August 16, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Cunning Sangakkara, he purposely denied Sehwag a well deserved century.It was not an innocent no ball,it was deliberate and intentional

  • on August 16, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    a) What a ridiculous rule. It counts as a ball faced. He hit the ball, he scores runs 0_o

    b) like anyone else intelligent, I would assume this to be the case. So surely Randiv would have expected this to be the case, and therefore if he wanted to deprive Sehwag of a century he would have bowled a wide or something?

    Gees, everyone's so quick to judge. As soon as something untoward happens everyone gets in a tizz. People need to grow up and stop complaining. Not every cricketer in the world is a massive douche.

  • LivingDead on August 16, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    "I am Jack's complete lack of surprise" . Nothing new from Sri Lankans, only a new low.

  • jjayarama on August 16, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Could some one check the rules to make sure that it was the interpretation that was wrong? In every situation, any runs scored off of a no-ball are credited to the batsman if the umpire recognizes contact with the bat. May be in this case, the law was not the ass but the umpire who did not declare a six!

  • shandilyajith on August 16, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Guys you can hear from stump Mic before last ball sanga shouting century and something in his language.. can anyone translate that into english

  • cricPassion2009 on August 16, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Sehwag !!!!!!!!! Pls let this go - Randiv is a junior player ! Hopefully he'll learn to be more sportive.

    The 99 or should we say 105 ( counting the 6 ) was spectacular. Your 99 resulted in the team's victory, so that's excellent as it is. Close the controversy out.

  • on August 16, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Relax Guyz...Randiv did play unsportingly...but why blame the entire Sri Lankan cricket team? Sehwag lost a numerical advantage to his records, but at the end of the day he would be really satisfied with the win. However Randiv did show some of his gully cricket skills on the field today and i guess Sehwag was as usual honest with his comments and day after day he wins peoples hearts with his honest approach to the cricket.

  • sanjoy_pinto on August 16, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    would someone please explain why the six does not stand? Even if it was a no-ball, the runs scored off the delivery if it is a boundary should definitely be credited to the batsman, shouldn't it?

  • KingOwl on August 16, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I must say that it was not right. I think it was deliberate, and I think Randiv just got carried away by the situation. He is of course very young, and with more experience, I hope he will not do it. But at least, I am glad that Sanga has rightly pointed out that if deliberate, it is not the right thing to do.

  • cricpolitics on August 16, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    When Sehwag was on 99 I had a very strong feeling that the next ball could be a no ball just to prevent him the century. It did happen the very next ball. It's a shame if it was deliberate. It's a professional cricket that is being played and it should remain this way.

  • on August 16, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    I am not sure whats the problem about the no-ball! Shewag was on 99 before the start of the over and that No-ball was the 4th ball of the over. Nothing more to say. Hope, you guys understand. So, PERIOD.

  • on August 16, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    ego of both were high enought then cricket ... it remind me of 10 wickets of Kmbly in india just when afridi was not out he is givin to ensure he gets 10 wickets in inning now that goes into record books so does this... when emotions are high there are no rules who knows more then Indians when it comes to cicket either its fan or team all are humans so it is fair in love and war ... in subcontinent or Ashes it is just not simple cricket it is war on ground and people love it ... so fine what ever happen it is part of game call it dirty but it is there

  • Sachin_Cricket_God on August 16, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    I dont think Randiv/Sanga denied Sehwag the century.. but it was the fool RULE which denied him ... Shame on Sri Lanka .. had no guts to get Sehwag Out .. They should have tried to get him out instead of playing negative cricket!!! Sanga speaks of future of cricket...This kind of sportsmanship won't help cricket either...

  • Mannix16 on August 16, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    are you guys forgetting after the byes, sehwag faced two more deliveries off randiv and couldn't get it. so it's not like randiv was the ultimate bad guy and tried first off to get him out

  • on August 16, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    There is no spirit for srilankans. This is shame they played...

  • the_blue_android on August 16, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Where are all the lankans hiding? ;)

    @Rakesh_Sharma - You are on the wrong website then, Olympics is not until 2012. Your logic doesn't hold water either since the countries which get all the olympic medals don't beat us.

  • mohsee on August 16, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    I can't stop laughing at this circus. Its like a kid down the street crying that "wait wait ... this is cheaaaating!!!" when sehwag is entitled to say degrading comments to other cricketers (oh sorry, the whoooole cricketing country like of bangladesh) then he particularly deserves no respect on the field. i've been a gr8 supporter of his batting and his way of batting, and so naive of me when i thought that he's a wise man of respect and dignity. Fame's got to his head and he have no tiny bit of respect for whomever he is playing against. as far as Randiv's incident is concerned, grow up guys would you! who of u got into his head and know he did it deliberately for sure. if it would've been an indian bowler thrashed with such a blame (thinking of harbajan for instance) , the whole indian media would've gone nuts. Simple it is as it can get, if u respect others, u'll get respect. If,to Sehwag some international cricket team is "ORDINARY", then iam gald he didnt reach a century today.

  • cric4india on August 16, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Does anyone seem to realize India lost 6 runs in the process? NO! On the other hand, I do completely agree Sehwag deserved that hundred!

  • curtambrose on August 16, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    I'm suprised a Sri Lankan cricketer did this. The sort of low act that you would expect from the Indian team.

  • on August 16, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    This shows that " Srilanka got afraid of India". But these stupid things can't stop the growth of india or an indian Player

  • MasterClass on August 16, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    @Vijay_Phanidhar - You are spot-on. I couldn't agree more. I don't know if he did it deliberately or not, and if he did it deliberately it's bad. BUT the real interesting thing here is Sehwag putting psychological pressure on SL players by using this matter. I wouldn't call the contest between Sehwag and Randiv a rivalry just yet because that's giving too much credit to Randiv without him proving himself yet. In fact Sewhag is in a class of his own and probably needs to get SL fired up otherwise he's too BORED playing against them, because SL pose no challenge to him. At this time Sehwag is so far far superior to anyone else in the world it's not even funny.

  • nadesankiru on August 16, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    No comments....Don't see the point in commenting as this whole site is 100% Indian and seems to be of the blind type as well! I am a supporter of Indian cricket as well...but this is rubbish! Look at the facts..First, its Sri Lanka...and not Australia. Next, even Viru didn't know about the NO BALL rule...And all assumes Randiv does??? Common, Viru have been playing for ages and Randiv started last year I think. Randiv could have easily bowled a fast wide...why go for a No Ball directed to the BAT???

    Instead of going after the Idiots who made these stupid no ball rules...We are blaming the bowler.. Shame on all who just shouts without thinking...Just because words are free..doesn't mean that they have to be used like this (Including Viru, who talks like a 5 year old at press conferences).

    THINK AND THEN COMMENT PLEASE....

    Nadesan.

  • SSS80 on August 16, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Sri Lanka in my experience always plays negative cricket and Randiv's no ball today was a clear example of the same. Very shameful indeed.

  • Indraneel.Kundu on August 16, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Sehwag's second 6 might actually have been a 4. From the replays, it was not clear at all. I thought it dropped within the boundary ropes. If that is clarified, then Sehwag may still have his 100.

  • on August 16, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    It will be interesting to see if Randiv tried to bowl no-ball after the byes four. May be he tried, since the umpire did not notice, he might have bowled that crazy big no-ball.

  • Samaprab on August 16, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Shame on you lankan players. Learn from indians how to play cricket with spirit. In 1997 when lankans were 900+ all the indians bawled outside the legstump to prevent them getting 1000.eventually match was called off. Any one remember it? Any way win is the most important thing than records in any game.

  • billios on August 16, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    So if Randiv wanted to deny the century, why bowl 2 legal dot balls before the no-ball? Sehwag is a wonderful batsman, but his delirious self-confidence has clouded his judgment here. Like many great sportsmen, he's blaming his failures (if you could call 99* a failure) on others, without bothering to get his facts straight. In his mind, he deserved his hundred, and that's all that matters. Is it possible that since the result was already decided, Randiv tried some experimental delivery/run-up that went wrong? Sehwag's comments have no bearing on reality; they only exist to serve his own self-interest. If people want to believe this was intentional from SL then albeit, just don't read into Sehwag's rubbish.

  • on August 16, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    So if its a no-ball, and he hits the 6 they go down as extra's? I would have thought those runs would go to the batsman...

  • sgkrao on August 16, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    A run out or stumping off a no-ball is valid? A six off a no-ball does not count?

  • on August 16, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    on the positive side, i think it will guarantee next time india play against srilanka Viru will try to get a century...

  • kitten on August 16, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    It is a disgrace for Sanga, and Randhiv, and SL cricket in general, what happened today. Come on guys, play the game in the true spirit, don't follow the motto, 'win at all costs'. It is after all a game, and SL had already lost it, but now after what they have done, they have lost their respect of the world as well. Don't stoop so low. And Randhiv who has just started his international career, will have definitely caused a big dent in his character. Sehwag is a gentleman, and he thoroughly deserved his century. Sanga/Randhiv, you may have robbed him of his century, but he has gained even more supporters as a result of this. The authorities concerned should take note of this sort of behavior, and levy fines to put a stop to this churlish attitude, and the game will surely benefit in the future. Well done, Sehwag.

  • amanroy on August 16, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    I never expected this from SL. Randiv also had spoil sportsmanship in third test, when Laxman & Raina were playing. He has thrown the ball directly to laxman and showed his frustration, and that was also deliberate.This is bad advertisement for gentleman's game. Randiv - Bow your head in SHAME

  • on August 16, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    This is a shame, i have seen this happen a couple times by team SL. One being this match, were the no ball was WAY passed the line, maybe a shaun tait, brett lee, could over step like that, but a spinner?? come on. I remember when in NZ a couple years ago, sanga was just made a 100 n murli ran over to congratulate hime and was run out. That was wrong on NZ's part n SL made a big deal out of it, what about this? i guess its true what goes around comes around. So sad, but Viru will get a hundred once again shortly, i hope its aganist SL. SL cant handle the fact the Viru dismantles there bowlers most of the time, and that they fear him. Only SL batsmen that can scare the bowlers in Dilshan but that too when he had a golden run in 2009, he is ok now, that time wont come again. So who cares now, I dont think Indians care about hundreds that much, we have enough, but SANGA work on cricket not ur accent and MAHELA seriosuly you arent even close to the best so chill with it. LETS GO TEAM INDIA

  • Steve32 on August 16, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    This after India allowed the great maestro to get his 800! One of those last guys could have got out debeliberately to some body else to deny him that, remember!

    Please play sportively, Lankans! Suraj, you have gone down in my esteem.

  • mmsandeep on August 16, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    This is a needless controversy. I wonder what prompted Sehwag to rake it up again the press conference after he handled with such grace on the ground. It was obvious that the noball was deliberate but Sehwag should have just left it at the ground - this is just dragging it on. That said, the Sri Lankans' conduct in this regard left much to be desired. The bit I find most ridiculous in this storm-in-a-teacup is that the ball was actually hit for six and wasn't counted.

  • KabaabRoll on August 16, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Sangakarra is beginning to flourish as the cheapest man in the game. He is a sore loser and loses his mind completely when losing. What a shame. Very disappointed in Randiv as well.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 16, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Terrible for cricket , that is, if the no ball was deliberate. Sehwag did deserve a 100. BUT I would like to add though, that he shouldn't be too upset, why? Remember Ind vs SA 2nd test in Ind in their last test series? Sehwag DELIBERATELY KICKED the ball over the boundary in order TO KEEP AMLA OFF STRIKE. It won't surprise me if many have already forgotten. Both actions were wrong and Sehwag I'm sure has kept this in mind. On a whole, cricket should stamp out such things. There have been instances of 1 deliberate time wasting 2 accusations of ball tampering without proof 3 blocking batsmen from getting runs and fielders from getting balls in recent times 4 purposely bowling extras and investigations should be made against all these things and dealt with. I will give Sanga the benefit of the doubt and NO-1 in their childish emotions should try to bring Sanga or the other Lankans into it unnecessarily for their is no proof they influenced him. In the end Rhandiv bowled the ball.

  • Vijay_P_S on August 16, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Guys, there is a bit of rivalry brewing between sehwag and randiv. Randiv took out sehwag more number of times in the test series than any other bowler and sehwag also smashed enough runs off his bowling. Look at the way randiv celebrated each time he got sehwag. Such a big no-ball had to be deliberate. Ya, may be it is a trivial matter that sehwag is denied a hundred but when you get a chance to criticize your rival you take it. Thats what sehwag did. He got a chance to put psychological pressure on radiv and he took it, so nothing wrong with him complaining about the no-ball.

  • TACS on August 16, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Randiv's no ball tactic (well i have to say that. actually it is pathetic) shows no sportsmanship. I know there are matches where the team losing bowled to make their opponent win when it started pouring. It was between Eng vs Aus. Aus had to score 10 runs (in test) and it started pouring (not drizzling), still Eng bowled to ensure Aus wins (they had 5/6 wickets in hand and plenty of overs). By doing this, SL is showing how sportsmanship they are. Well you lost it pathetically.

  • Sachin_Cricket_God on August 16, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    This Incident is not good for cricket... nor is it good for the relation between the two countries.. would open new phase of rivalry between Indian cricket and Sri Lankan Cricket

  • fcukyouall on August 16, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    guys.. these kind of issues exist because there are loopholes in the law. Sehwag deserved a cetnrury if he could hit it... right?? and this case he could.. with a smashing six. But it was a NO ball.. Here's my take on this:

    1. If it's bye's allow the batsman to claim - no run (unless they ran for it), one run (as if it were a no ball) or the actual amount of runs conceded on that ball. If it's four bye's let the batsman say - I dont want it.

    2. If it's a NO ball or a WIDE, let the batsman decide if he wants it to be considered a NOPE ball or a reall ball. NOPE ball meaning the team gets one run (no individual run, and no one can get out here except runout), real ball means you ignore if its a NO or WIDE ball. FOUR means five runs, SIX means seven. Single means TWO etc. etc. in case of NO ball. Basically, you can be forced to take less by law, but not more than you want to :). And the unpire will singnal after the ball has been played not immediately after the ball is delivered

  • Jigar_Shah on August 16, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Honestly I dont understand why all the fuss. Isnt it important that India won; Shewag would have got his 15th century big deal; even if he plays for ten more years and makes 25 more centuries he wont surpass the record so why such a fuss over records. One other thing to note is that Shewag himself said immediately after the match that it does not matter and most teams in the world would not want a bloke to score century against them; he admitted it. Whatever every cricketer would like to pretend the truth is no team likes to have a century scored against their name. That is the plain truth. I believe based on everything i saw on television that Randiv acted on his own. I dont see who else could have instructed him to do what he did. Though one thing i should say is that Sanga's defense of Randiv was poor; there is no way that Randiv got a no ball trying to bowl a doosra. This was definitely blatant but I see nothing wrong with it. It is definitely not the Gentleman's game it used to be

  • CricFan78 on August 16, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Come on guys. I am an Indian fan but this is a small issue. I am not saying Randiv didnt do it deliberately but theres certainly no reason to go overboard!

  • on August 16, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    It's not the first time that SL behaves this sort of un-sportsmanship in the gentleman's game. Their body languages, repeated and illogical loud appeals, ball tempering/throwing have been exposing their lack of credibility of playing this game, once considered sport of Kings. Imagine the fate of MUTTIA if ICC did not change the bowling rule for him, he had to quit Cricket without getting even 8 wickets. Shame on SL..shame on SANGA and Co.

  • jeevs81 on August 16, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Shame on way cricket is played nowadays... this controversy will last forever like the under arm ball. Though it doesn't matter for shewag, it matters a lot to so many Shewag fans. All the best Shewag... I'm glad cricinfo removed the Blog " Why Shewag is not hot in ODI"

  • sri1ram on August 16, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    This is exactly what makes me admire Wasim Akram all the more. When Kumble had nine wickets and Akram - incidentally the Pakistani captain for that Indo-Pak test - was on the crease, he could have well tried to gift his wicket to someone else (Srinath was carefully and comically bowling wide) or done a run-out or gotten out in any way that denied Kumble the wicket (and it would have been disappointing, but may not even have evoked the kind of outrage that Randiv's actions have). A lesser Pakistani captain would have exactly done that thinking about all the adulation from home for such an action - all the more admiration for Akram and his empathy for a fellow bowler on the verge of a world record!!

    Another instance is of Sir Hadlee taking the catch of the 10th wicket off another's ball, denying himself the record of 10 wickets in a match. I remember that grace when I think about Hadlee - else he would have been another record holder!

  • on August 16, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    cant believe a team led by true gentleman sangakkara has done this kind of unsportsman lik conduct ... i dont believe senior members of sri lanka would be behind the such rubbish idea like this .... these types of ideas comes only from young and new players ....experienced players like mahela,sanga,dilshan etc will never be a part of this .... its still a shame on sri lankan cricket .... viru truly deserved his hundred .... and he got it in style ... though it was denied!!!!!! well played viru and team india

  • on August 16, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    match referee must play active role in giving 6 runs to sewag for the noball deliberately bowled by randiv. match referee to go beyond rules to take out ungentlemanly behaviur in the field Since referee did not act properly he should be barred from operating as referee in his next match nobody should be above decency

  • ProdigyA on August 16, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    I started liking this guy after his fi-for against India in the last test..but this incidient..truly not professional..com'on suraj u cant fall this low..

  • hitesh288 on August 16, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    I always thought the runs scored off no ball counted, when did this stop?

  • sp000 on August 16, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Sangakara is no saint by any means. He may be trying to conceal or underplay the whole situation but he was very much part of it. He gave away 4 byes when 5 runs were remaining on what was a rather regulation take for even an amateur keeper. I believe sangakara should be amongst the last talking about the spirit of the game. Wonder if the stump mic picked up anything.

  • ss_ton on August 16, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Why are some people bringing the aussies into this? The aussies play tough cricket but they have too much pride to resort to anything like this. Also they give no quarter on the field but respect a player if he does well against them. And for the record this is coming from an Indian fan.

  • Yorker_ToeCrusher on August 16, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Poor loosers.Shame on you Mr Sangakkara.You lost all my respect.I remember the incident where Malinga bowled 4 byes to stop SRT's century. You play the game not just to win,you play it win or loose with pride,thats why its called a gentleman's game .

  • rko_rules on August 16, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    cricnanda is very immature to think that Randiv done it by mistake, in able to get some bounce off the pitch. Even a child can tell that was deliberate, man even a blind can tell that was delibrate. And i am sure the bowl before that when it went for 4 byes, even that was by purpose from Sanga. Yea i understand, they didn't plan for it but seeing the opportunity, Sanga deliberately miss the ball for 4 byes. And Randiv knew what he should do after that. He bowled no ball. Well Sehwag handled this issue quite maturely by saying these things happens. But i am sure, they would keep this incident in mind and whenever they will get opportunity against Lanka, they will settle the scores as well. And i hope, Srilanka to miss out of this triseries final. That'd be a great revenge for us..

  • salmankhan1234 on August 16, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    If I was there I would do the same thing what Ranbiv did. Matter of fact I will through wide and a no ball. When Randiv gave you 2 balls to take your single and finish it but no Sehwag he watch a lot of Indian movies. he wants to a write a script and put some emotions last ball winning run, six and a century. wow then people can say what a man , what a batting , what a century, What a six.

  • mthanveer on August 16, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    What a rule in modern cricket!!!. Even if the ball is no ball, it will be counted and recorded as "faced by V.Sehwag". So the runs scored in that ball must also come to his account. This is like " If 2 two runs are required in the last ball and the batsman hits a four, Will they deduct 2 runs from his score saying that the team has already won and only two runs were needed?!!".

  • kumarsatyam on August 16, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Did our tailenders deny Murali the opportunity to get 800 test wickets by deliberately getting out to other bowlers?

    Sri Lanka, and specifically their captain, just lost a whole lot of respect.

  • SudheerPusuluri on August 16, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Sanga is the worst sporting captain in the international cricket apart from the aussie captains.. I just hate this guy..I am damn sure he left the four byes intentionally as well.. he is trying to put the blame on Randiv.. no youngster would try to do these things without some push from the seniors.. Sehwag absolutely deserves the century..

    hope india wins toss next time and blast them out of this series with a sehwag century..

  • deepu767 on August 16, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Its really a shame on srilankan cricket. as veeru said, it has no place in good cricket. Indian cricket should ban srilankan player for IPL Matches. Dont worry veer u can make it next time

  • on August 16, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    I really think Randiv is a spoilt sportsman and if the SL team had any say to the decision to bowl a no ball to seal the game the entire team is a spoilt sport. The rule not to allow sehwag to get his century has to be revisited. If it was not the no ball that sealed the game and if the six was hit with say 10 runs to win it is credited to the batsman so I dont see the reason why sehwag should have not have his total credited with the six to take him to 105 rather that keep him stranded on 99 because Randiv didnt have the sprit of competition in him.

  • baskar_guha on August 16, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Two villains -- Randiv for bowling it and Sehwag for focusing on a personal record. Grow up, gents.

  • on August 16, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    No rules were broken. So, stop crying foul guys. Move on. Century is just a number, records do not win a game. Difference between 100 and 99 is the same as the difference between 65 and 64. Let the crooked get their consolation. If you are good, it is good for you. Do not expect others to be good to you. Rules are their, and only thing you should count on is rules, not the expectation of others goodness.

  • on August 16, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    what a shame for the game of cricket!

  • on August 16, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    The last two years had proved to be test of times for Veeru..he had always silenced the critics and shattered the dreams of the opposite team by his shear spirit and his attacking game..i trust he will give the opposition a good answer for this in the coming games in the tri series..Sehwag is a true champion on his own..wish him better luck in the future..!!

  • Alexk400 on August 16, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Until ball becomes dead everything should be counted!. Change the damn rule.

  • Alexk400 on August 16, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Sanga is a scoundrel. Why IPL pay him money. let him rot in srilanka. IPL need players who play with some decent attitude.

    I do not mind sanga challenging india fairly.

    Denying sehwag century by bowling deliberate no ball , below the belt PUNCH.

    Pathetic move by Randhiv and Sanga. Hope randhiv do not get selected for IPL.

    Also sanga should be stripped of captaincy from punjab IPL team.

    We do not want to see sanga's pathetic behaviour on the field.

    I do not mind sanga team beat india if they deserve it. With awful bowling attack india have , Srilanka should make mince meat of india.

    But not that happening only sanga and jayawardene talking through arse why they are better when on the field they could n't overcome worst bowling attack in the world now.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on August 16, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    well guys even if we lose the series we should not be disheartened, we have won asia cup drew the test series, india has won 5 out of the last odi series against SL, in SL india has won 4 series consecutively, randiv you are a looser dude, if u lose, lose it with dignity, wat can u expect from a bowler who bowls negative lines, wat can u expect from SL who havent won any tests in SA, ind and aus or for that matter any odi tournaments outside SL, this is India "C" team, this team is missing gambhir, yuvraj, harbhajan, sachin, zaheer and to some extent sreesanth, this team won the Asia cup and this team defeated your SL team, anything to say mr jayawardene the so called custodian of fair play, nothing right?

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 16, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Emotions aside i would fault all, the batsmen, bowler, captain and the rules. When sehwag missed the first ball he didn't try for single and the flelder and the captain just let it go to boundary.Common Sanga you want the world to believe it was not out of your reach? If sehwag had attempted the single may be they would have stopped the ball from reaching the boundary. For the no ball randivs back foot was where his front foot should have been and HOW ON EARTH can a spinner bowl that kind of no ball?.MCC should change this stupid rule of counting the no- ball to batsman but not the runs scored by batsman. Easily a forgettable tour whether india wins the series or not. Enough cricket with srilanka.

  • Nampally on August 16, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Firstly it was shamefully unsportsman like of Randiv to bowl that No-ball hoping to deny Sehwag his single run required for the century. Secondly Why did the 6 hit by Sehwag off this No-ball was not counted? If anyone hits a single off a no ball it is counted as 2 Nb and the batsman is credited a single against his name. The same should apply in this case for Sehwag's hit - 7 Nb against Randiv and 6 runs credited to batsman, Sehwag, to make his total 105. What sort of assnine rule is this that Sehwag's 6 does not count when a single off a Nb always counted. If there was such a rule for intentional Nb, then it is shameful tactics by SL & Randiv. In the name of good sportsmanship, SL should be imposed a hefty team fine and a match penalty to knock them out of this tri series. Such tactics are blot on the gentlemanly game of Cricket. Time for ICC to act NOW & control bad sports. This is Just Isn't Cricket. Shame on you SL, Sanga & Randiv.No forgiveness for "Bad Spotrsmen".

  • dinakar.moksh on August 16, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    These same srilinkans were crying foul when McCullum ran out murali when he rushed to congratulate sangakarra on his century. Now what have you done Sanga? I'm not bit surprised. when srilanka lost one day series 4-1 to India in 2008-09, under Mahela, he still bragged that both teams are evenly matched, but they lost cos of few missed opportunities. Come on man, you just lost 4-1. And then , they Lost 2-0 to India in test series last year and Sanga cried foul that they lost 500 runs and 20 wickets because URDS was not inplace. I mean these guys don't give appropriate credit to opposition. Sore losers. Sanga and Randiv, shame on you.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    If the scores are level and bowler bowls no ball and batsman scored runs in this ball are not counted.

    This is ridiculous.. there is no meaning to this rule... ICC should amend this rule and make sure runs scored by batsman also counted.

    Wake up ICC!!

  • NaveenMolugu on August 16, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    This rule is stupid. How about if a team requires 1 run to win, and already lost 9 wickets, Batsman hit the ball in the air and took single, after he took run some one catch the ball.... Did that batting team loose? or Win? As per this rule, it's a win becasue batsman already finished taking 1 run..

  • OutdoorMiner on August 16, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Suraj Randiv should get fined and Sehwag's 6 should still count.

  • crickstats on August 16, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    It is fair to say centuries doesn't get served on plates, it has got to be earned, I don't know why player in the caliber of Sehwag is crying for a century. This clearly shows Indians are more worried about their personal milestones than the team itself, by making centuries, I think they can show their promoters that what they have achieved and earn a lot when they sign for brands next time. When Sangakkara was denied a double century by umpire Koetzen in Australia, he took him out for dinner, he didn't cry about it, for god's sake it was a test match. In this case Randiv bowled 2 balls prior to overstepping, if there was a delibrate attempt, he could have done at the first attempt itself. The bottom line is Randiv, for the 2nd time on tour has denied a Sehwag a century,

  • Sajeesh.M.S on August 16, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I lost all respect on Randiv. He is a cheater. He can never replace murali. Nobody can replace murali with his achievements. But anyone can behave well in the field if they wish. Even that didn't happen in Randiv's case.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    come viru !!!!!!!!! ton(century) doesnt matter for u ! u keep playing we will keep watching! u can make another 300!why to worry about tis ton??????????????

  • anantha6642 on August 16, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    why the ball is counted when the run scored from that is not?

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Shame on you Sanga and Randiv...it is truly bad sportsmanship. You look like good sports person but you have lot of negative attitude....

    These days you started to give lots of arrogant comments...come out this attitude otherwise you would remembered as bad cricketer in the cricket world.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    RANDHIV -The new 'RAJAPAKSHE' . Wicked RAJAPAKSHE destroyed TAMILS in SRILANKA. Wicked RANDHIV destroyed SEHWAG's century in DAMBULLA.

  • NomDePlume on August 16, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Actually the previous over, Dhoni dead-batted three ordinary deliveries away - he could have just taken a single off one of them and Sehwag would have got his hundred that over itself...but my real question is: how did Sanga miss the ball that lead to 4 byes, I mean it was a straight ball and he is a good keeper, he took an excellent catch of Kohli earlier. I'm guessing he figured only 4 were needed to win, so he allowed the byes and then realized that one more was required - so maybe Randiv improvised. Anyways, like Sehwag said, India got the bonus point, so no real issues or controversy. Life will go on.

  • YashoKedia on August 16, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    I am an Indian and very few players has accquired respect from me and Sangakara is one of the person who tops the list. Sangakara is not a type of person who will act this low life behavior. Randiv may have deliberated and may be other players provoked him but Sangakara cant.

  • SnowSnake on August 16, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    I think it was fair. Randiv bowled 2 balls before a delibrate no-ball, so Shewag should let it go. It wasn't like after the 4 byes the next ball was a no-ball. It is poor sportsmanship from SL, but SL players are bitter throughout the series. I think SL is realizing that they are way behind India both in Test cricket and ODI. This C-grade Indian ODI team has just beaten a A-grade SL team at home batting second with a bonus point, so bitterness of SL players is only to be expected.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Well, the Sri Lankans team has shown that they dont deserve to be playing cricket at all. Cricket is a gentleman's game. Sri Lankan players are anything but gentlemen.

    Pathetic bitter losers...

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 16, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Yes its wierd that ball was faced and played by Sehwag but runs were not count. If it was intentional no-ball then he is afraid of Sehwag. If it was not then no one can help except to consider that one more century is waiting for Sehwag. When India lost to NZ some ppl compared India to lower ranking teams. I understood that their cricket knowledge was very poor so I immediately replied to their comments on that day(when India lost) and now I am asking again them now (when India won)...what wud they compare India with?

  • citizenkc on August 16, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    I think people are missing the point about whether Sehwag is whining or does/does not deserve a century or is pursuing a record. The point is that the game is bigger than any individual. These kinds of cynical moves (deliberately bowling a no-ball) just demeans the game. I am sure no Sri Lankan spectator at the ground would have begrudged Sehwag a century. What a petty gesture. It leaves such a sour taste in the mouth. Imagine what the young people watching this game learns about the way it is played? Not to mention what a young player like Randiv learns about the game. He should have tried to bowl Sehwag out at 99. A bowler deliberately bowling a no-ball is just sad and pathetic. Thanks, Lanka, for adding another shameful chapter to the history of cricket!

  • Guruprasad.S on August 16, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Whether SL did it deliberately or not, Sehwag should not have made a big issue out of it. Why only SL, every team tries to deny a 100 to an opposition batsman. It is not a new thing, although such incidents are not in good taste, and do little to uphold the spirit of cricket. The point is, Sehwag should have overcome his sense of disappointment and instead focused on India's huge win. Having invoked the issue of 'good cricket', Sehwag will do well to play cricket in good spirit himself. He is also expected to demand such a standard from his teammates. If, in future, Sehwag is seen to support (or not criticize strongly enough) a teammate of his own who has not been honest enough, then Sehwag will lose his credibility. No point in blaming SL. I am sure that a lot of Indian 'fans' would derive vicarious pleasure in similarly denying an opposition batsman his century under similar circumstances. So much for the 'fans'.

  • devenmakesar on August 16, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    SHAME ON YOU LANKANS SOUR TILL THE CORE, YOU LOST WE WON HAHHAHAHA

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    f the game finishes with the no-ball, then the ball should not counts towards Sehwag's balls-played, because the game was won before Sehwag played it. But, if you count the ball for Sehwag's balls played, then his Six must also be considered.

  • vm75 on August 16, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    If you have watched the match you an clearly see Sanga instructing Randiv before be bowled the no-ball. You can pick out Sanga talking about century from his words. What else in the world might be Sanga talking about Century if not instructing Randiv? Oh..may be he was saying to Randiv to have Shewag score his century. Rubbish.....Sanga is such a cheap player.....such a canny arse. Oh well...life is a full circle and it will bite in the arse for Sanga at some point..whatch out.

    The rule is stupid anyway...if a team needs one run to win and a batsman hit a 4 but they scramble for one run..does that mean batsman gets only 1 run...no he gets a 4. That ball is in play and they should count all the runs that were scored by that delivery.

    Cheap arse Sanga......

  • YashoKedia on August 16, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    If this no ball was deliberate then all I would like to say that it is not expected from a Srin Lankan team. These kind of low life behavior is the habbit of only one team and that is Australians.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Oh come on Sehwag, grow up. This is the real world. Randiv doesn't have to respect you, nor let you get your century. If you wanted it as much as you make it sound like you would've got it earlier in the game.

  • amit_071 on August 16, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    @TipTop32, its not just the SriLankans...everybody is conspiring against the Indians...In addition to the Kaif incident that you so astutely pointed out, i can think of numerous others where, horror of horrors, the sri lankan actually got the batsman out in the 90s..totally unsportsmanlike behaviour

  • AhmadSaleem on August 16, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    well if it was deliberate then he should have done this earlier his over.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    I have always thought Sanga to be a sourpuss. He has made comments on and off about India's number 1 test status. the no-ball seemed like a planned move by the Sri Lankans.

  • JustIPL on August 16, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Sehwag is a real hero. I like him despite being Pakistani as he delivers a masterclass every now and then. This win should be made a benchmark for world cup preparation. Experimentation with Kartik, Kohli and Rohit should end now and they should be made part of A team alongwith Gautum Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan. Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid should be brought back as we want to see more of these greats and they can inspire more youngsters if they play regularly. This may bring some good talent to the fore front. Jadeja should retain his place for now until someone with good batting skills emerges to fill this all-rounder spot. Raina should also be retained as he has provided good support in the middle order very often. Bowling is improving and a supportive batting lineup will further boost their morale. Even Aussies were not able to replace warne and mcgrath and are still struggling with their bowling options and replacements will be difficult for India to find.

  • mitgop11 on August 16, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Sanga's statement that he did not know if the no ball was deliberate is rubbish... it is a clear indication that the no ball was indeed deliberate. it is totally against the spirit of the game and it is an absolute shame on the team... no matter how much ever games they win in future with this attitude... it is a real shame... come on guys.. play hard... but play fair!!

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka are sore losers. Well done Sehwag & India.

  • pritpalpabla on August 16, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Now Viru should kick his {Salman} butt in the next game....

  • aj4u1212 on August 16, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I hope it was not deliberate attempt by Randiv. But if it was....then SHAME ON SRI LANKAN TEAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was always under the impression that Sri Lankan's play a fair game. But not any more. I hope Sri Lankan Captain will find the truth and come up with the result. If it was intentional....the SHAME ON THE ENTIRE SRI LANKAN TEAM as well as RANDIV........ This will be a black day for the game of Cricket. So sad........

  • dineshdutt on August 16, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    i think it was intentional.... Randiv restricted sehwag on 99 in the colombo test, and in this odi as well.... But actually Sehwag won the battle this time.... coz he was doing the same last time (skipping out of crease to loft)......... well played viru..........

  • anantha6642 on August 16, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    If Randiv's action was deliberate then he should be charged for match fixing as his recently concluded action lies somewhat close to that. And the question whether it was deliberate or not, there is high probability for the former to b true

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    It is a shame sanga , plz stop the dirty tactics

  • cric-procrastinator on August 16, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka has always been doing these sorts of things. Sehwag is exactly right, they seem more interested in getting records than winning, I remember when playing against India about 4 to 5 years ago they scored about 700+ runs and still didn't retire because it was quite obvious they were trying to get a record for the highest runs scored in a test innings rather than try to win the test, nothing wrong with it, it is prerogative of the sri Lankans to do what they want but to actually try to go out of your way to bowl wides and no balls so that other team batsmen do not score centuries is shameful. But what can you expect out of a team which has sangakkara the captain and mahela defending their loss with excuses and maintaing they are the superior team in spite of loosing. Stop crying on others and stop winning and adulation will automatically follow but in the process of trying to win show some sportsmanship

  • mits6 on August 16, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    a wicked job by randiv , surely not on line of sanath's , murali's, arvinda ..... . Sanga's statement can be understandable , but upto when he defend such poor guys (poor in morals)

  • Internet_Guy on August 16, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    i hope sehwag makes another century against srilanka in next match this time a big one,denying a batsmen a 100 by bowling a no ball is being immature

    its far worse than bowling a negative line to a batsmen who is playing the bowler well without any difficulty

    india bowled well, their top order batting is depending too much on sehwag

    rohit karthik should play better if they want to be in the worldcup squad

  • cricnanda on August 16, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Knowing Sri Lankan cricketers, especially Sanga, I doubt it was coaxing. Suraj looks a competitive guy and he might have over-stepped trying to be more aggressive or get some bounce off the pitch. I would not been surprised if Aussies do this. Remember Greg Chappel insisting his brother to bowl under-arm. Come on folks, lets forgive Suraj and go ahead with the series.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    This is absolutely shameless game from Suraj Randiv ( or I would say from Sri Lankan team)and surprise is that Sri Lankan captain doesn't know about this rule and he is captain of the team..

  • nlambda on August 16, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Sour losers. Really sour losers. Someone representing his country should not have shown such churlishness. Shame on Randiv.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Till this time I believed Sri Lanka play with good spirit but i am really disappointed to see this type of cricket frm srilanka. I cud have this thing from aussies bcoz of their attitude . but its really shame for sri lankans to play like this. One can very easily see that it was very much deliberate. I hope Sehwag will get his due century in next match. Sri Lankan are not able to think what should do ? They are getting thrashed again and again by India team. First in India ODIs and Test and then in Asian Cup before that In triseries with NZ. Its better if they can play better cricket not this type of cricket.

  • ramanavj on August 16, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Shame on Sanga. Though he acts as gentleman, he has unsportive character. Im sure he is behind the decision.

  • on August 16, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    SRI LANKA SHAME ON YOU.AND RANDIV U HAVE MADE THE HEAD OF UR COUNTRY DOWN SHAME ON U.

  • hollandindian on August 16, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Oooo come on sanga!!!! Its really a shame you have said this to Randi. In the stumpmic you said 99 and 100 in sl language. And Sehwag is really a gentleman. For him it doesnt matter. But also at the presentation you should have looked at sangas face. He was just really like "oww I didnt know that". But I have to repeat it what I said before. I never liked sangas attidude and sportmanship, that for years now. But he now really has crossed the boundary. I hope sl will look in the mirror and be ashamed by their self!!!

    And Randiv...... well he really .......... well no words...

  • ABP235 on August 16, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    This is rubbish talk, centring around individuality in a team game. Yes, Sehwag may have deserved a century (and so was for Sachin a year ago) but what will he do with another century if it is only his 13th? If he was about 10 centuries behind Sachin, then you can talk about it!! Well, more importantly, I am not convinced with this rule! If a no-ball is bowled, the ball does not become dead at that instance. The ball in its entirety - till it ends up dead (either when batsmen have completed the runs, or is run out, or ends up with the keeper or the bowler without the batsman attempting a run. It does not matter whether scores were level or otherwise. That's the consistent application of the rule. I would still say the six counts. For example, when a single is needed to win and if the batsman hits it and crosses for a single and after the single was completed the ball crosses the boundary. How many runs are added? in fact, 4 are added, not just 1. so the logic should hold here too.

  • dilli on August 16, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Damn you randiv, at least play cricket sportingly. It was a very good innings played by Viru, adjusting to the nature of the wicket and wicktes falling at the other end. He truly deserved a century. Someone really needs to amend these rules. First about counting the runs to the batsmen at the end as we saw today as Sehwag hit a six of no ball. Secondly putting a fine on such stupid characters.

  • Jim1207 on August 16, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Its clearly evident they bowled deliberately. I would even say surely that Sanga missed 4 byes deliberately. It's all planned and nothing here is accidental or coincidental. It's just bad advertisement for cricket than the pitches they and India prepare for Cricket. It's just not gentleman-ly. People have to clean up their acts and play fairly whether things come under law or not. I cannot hit a grandma with a car just because no one is watching. Let's hope cricketers learn to act as great examples for people. MCC also needs to change the rules to either consider the runs or neglect the ball. The law is clearly flawed here, not just with a pot-hole but a man-hole.What I cannot believe is Randiv is very young and he should not indulge in such acts deliberately even if guided by seniors. I wonder how these people would have gathered courage to tell Murali to do the same., I miss Murali here very much.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on August 16, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Indian public batsman are always obsessed with useless personal records. Indian public and all batsman past and present are more satisfied with personal hundreds even when from cricket point of view it is useless. Try medals in olympics in athletic sports not just shooting which is just like batting does not need big athletic skills.

  • Solution on August 16, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Now there is a need to have all the cricket players to take a course on 'Spirit of Cricket'.... No No for these kind of cricket ...Sorry Suraj - No place for you in IPL. Anyone agree?

  • gung-ho on August 16, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Well said Sehwag; I am sure Sangakara thinks this was not deliberate either -- http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63762.html I remember that match vividly, it was one of Sachin's first matches as a captain and SL just killed the match chasing personal milestones.

  • katochnr on August 16, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    for a guy who wants to smash every ball whether on 99 or 199 or 9, it's surprising to see him whining on this trivial matter

  • msusheelkumar on August 16, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Another of those stupid rules.

  • Tiptop32 on August 16, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Sri Lankans are known for it. They denied Ganguly a century in a test match. Ganguly was on 98 and the bowler bowled full toss to Kaif on the leg side. Kaif had to play the ball and ball reached boundary. India won the test match and Ganguly was 98 not out.

    One more incidence is Sri Lankan umpire called off a match when India is emerging as winner in an ODI against SriLanka. It is rain curtailed match and Sri Lanka is losing its way. The Sri Lankan umpire stopped the play saying bad light. Robin singh batted and bowled well in that match. Tony Greig in the commentary box shouted that the umpires cheated India.

    Now the latest one is Sehwag incident. Randiv is advised to bowl like this by Sanga. Sanga is cheap disgrace player.

    Now I recall Courtney Walsh gesture against Pak in 1987 WC. Walsh had a chance to run-out Saleem Jaffer who was well out of crease before the ball is bowled. But Walsh did not run-out him. Eventually Walsh got GENTLEMAN AWARD in that WC. Walsh a true champion.

  • on August 16, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    gud job sana.. push d blame on randiv!

  • on August 16, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    I must say one thing. This is a ridiculous rule to say the least. If the ball counts as faced by the batsman, then the runs he scores off it should also count. As simple as that.

  • Maestro_bats on August 16, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Unbelievable and Stupid Rule. The batsman has hit the ball and the score should go in his account. I walked out saying Yay when Sehwag hit the last ball for Six even though it was a No Ball. This is right time to scrap such a rule and give sehwag his due.

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  • Maestro_bats on August 16, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Unbelievable and Stupid Rule. The batsman has hit the ball and the score should go in his account. I walked out saying Yay when Sehwag hit the last ball for Six even though it was a No Ball. This is right time to scrap such a rule and give sehwag his due.

  • on August 16, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    I must say one thing. This is a ridiculous rule to say the least. If the ball counts as faced by the batsman, then the runs he scores off it should also count. As simple as that.

  • on August 16, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    gud job sana.. push d blame on randiv!

  • Tiptop32 on August 16, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Sri Lankans are known for it. They denied Ganguly a century in a test match. Ganguly was on 98 and the bowler bowled full toss to Kaif on the leg side. Kaif had to play the ball and ball reached boundary. India won the test match and Ganguly was 98 not out.

    One more incidence is Sri Lankan umpire called off a match when India is emerging as winner in an ODI against SriLanka. It is rain curtailed match and Sri Lanka is losing its way. The Sri Lankan umpire stopped the play saying bad light. Robin singh batted and bowled well in that match. Tony Greig in the commentary box shouted that the umpires cheated India.

    Now the latest one is Sehwag incident. Randiv is advised to bowl like this by Sanga. Sanga is cheap disgrace player.

    Now I recall Courtney Walsh gesture against Pak in 1987 WC. Walsh had a chance to run-out Saleem Jaffer who was well out of crease before the ball is bowled. But Walsh did not run-out him. Eventually Walsh got GENTLEMAN AWARD in that WC. Walsh a true champion.

  • msusheelkumar on August 16, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Another of those stupid rules.

  • katochnr on August 16, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    for a guy who wants to smash every ball whether on 99 or 199 or 9, it's surprising to see him whining on this trivial matter

  • gung-ho on August 16, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Well said Sehwag; I am sure Sangakara thinks this was not deliberate either -- http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63762.html I remember that match vividly, it was one of Sachin's first matches as a captain and SL just killed the match chasing personal milestones.

  • Solution on August 16, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Now there is a need to have all the cricket players to take a course on 'Spirit of Cricket'.... No No for these kind of cricket ...Sorry Suraj - No place for you in IPL. Anyone agree?

  • Rakesh_Sharma on August 16, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Indian public batsman are always obsessed with useless personal records. Indian public and all batsman past and present are more satisfied with personal hundreds even when from cricket point of view it is useless. Try medals in olympics in athletic sports not just shooting which is just like batting does not need big athletic skills.

  • Jim1207 on August 16, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Its clearly evident they bowled deliberately. I would even say surely that Sanga missed 4 byes deliberately. It's all planned and nothing here is accidental or coincidental. It's just bad advertisement for cricket than the pitches they and India prepare for Cricket. It's just not gentleman-ly. People have to clean up their acts and play fairly whether things come under law or not. I cannot hit a grandma with a car just because no one is watching. Let's hope cricketers learn to act as great examples for people. MCC also needs to change the rules to either consider the runs or neglect the ball. The law is clearly flawed here, not just with a pot-hole but a man-hole.What I cannot believe is Randiv is very young and he should not indulge in such acts deliberately even if guided by seniors. I wonder how these people would have gathered courage to tell Murali to do the same., I miss Murali here very much.