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

Randiv no-ball was deliberate - Sehwag


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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  • sirasa 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.

  • 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.

  • Nilesh 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?

  • UTKARSH 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.

  • chetan 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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??

  • Shehan 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.

  • Saman 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...

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