Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Dambulla August 17, 2010

SLC, Randiv apologise to Sehwag for no-ball incident

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Sri Lanka Cricket and offspinner Suraj Randiv have both apologised to Virender Sehwag for denying him a one-day century after a deliberate no-ball from Randiv ended the match and left the India opener stranded on 99, despite him hitting the delivery for six. SLC has also asked for an enquiry in to the incident.

Sehwag went on to criticise Randiv's actions in the post match press conference, and SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga called India manager Ranjib Biswal this morning to apologise.

"Today in the morning, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga called me up expressing his regret about yesterday's no-ball incident. He expressed his regret officially and asked me to convey it to the Indian team, particularly to Sehwag. They have also assured that they will look into the matter officially, why it happened and correct the procedure."

Meanwhile Sehwag revealed on Twitter that Randiv had apologised to him personally. "Hi guys. Randiv came to my room n(sic) apologize," Sehwag wrote.

Biswal said it was clear everything had happened in the heat of the action and now that Sri Lanka had apologised, it was time to move on.

"Randiv has himself gone to Sehwag's room and apologised for his action. I believe Sanga [Kumar Sangakkara] has spoke to Gary [Kirsten] and expressed his regret. So basically, it was done in the spur of the moment and once that action seeped in, people realised that they have made a mistake and they have come forward and expressed their apology.

"If you go by the rules, it's very much lawful. There is no violation of cricket rules. But when it comes to spirit of cricket and gamesmanship, one feels slighted about these things. Since they have expressed their regret and apologised for their action, we should put an end to this episode."

Ranatunga said the SLC has asked the team manager, Anura Tennekoon, to investigate the incident and will decide whether any further action is needed after seeing his report.

"We have asked him to probe the incident. We will take necessary action in this regard once we get the report. We are upset about the incident and we are unhappy as Sri Lankan cricketers have won the ICC spirit of the game award thrice and these things won't be tolerated," he said.

Sehwag was on 99 with India needing just one run to win, when Randiv overstepped the line by a large margin. Sehwag smacked the ball over long off but the runs did not count as the no ball meant India had already won the game.

After the game, Sehwag said Sri Lanka had used such tactics in the past, having left Sachin Tendulkar stranded at 96 with a similar strategy in a match in Cuttack.

"It was clear that the Lankan team did not want me to get to my 100," Sehwag said.

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  • satanswish on August 17, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Good to see Sehwag making issue of this incident. Srilankans have now done this 3 times, first time with Sourav Ganguly in 2002 Kandy test match, second time with Sachin Tendulkar in 2009 Cuttack ODI & third time now with Viru Sehwag in this match.

    Mere apology would not do, both Sangakkara & Randiv should be banned for 2-3 matches each for such anti-sporting behaviour.

  • ratedstfu44 on August 17, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    @TO ROSS TAYLOR AND SANGA & all other captains....pls let sehwag to get a century otherwise he will cry in the press that the opposition did not want him to get to his 100. @sehwag, is SL team getting money for fulfill ur century?

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    lol!!! haven't seen many OFFSPINNERS with an attitude. Fast bowlers, maaybe.

  • 200ondebut on August 17, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Sehwag needs to get over this. It is not as if it would have been his first hundred.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    i dont accept what randiv did,as a sri lankan,we r far more better than this..but i can understand his mind as wel nobody wants to see opposition getting 100,.btw black mark for sri lankan cricket..but people do make mistakes...

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Well well sangakara has done it once again i dont no why he does it evry time last year in india when india needed few runs to win and sachin also was few runs short of his century ...sanga did everything possible to stop sachin but he failed...i think sanga has lost sportsmanship after he became the captain...why sanga doesnt think once that ipl has given him so much money fame what else he wants from india...Shame sanga...

  • Lion_of_Lanka on August 17, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    This is a joke. Randhiv apologizing for Sehwag's inability to score the century. SLC has no backbone. It wasnt intentional. If it was why did Randhiv bowled to legal deliveries to him before the no ball. ICC must make a rule - every bowler must apologize to the batsman if he fails to score a century. Grow up Sehwag

  • on August 17, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    while sehwag has every right to feel aggrieved at not reaching a hundred, he cannot blame SL for it. if anything, it is the law that needs a serious relook. if two runs were needed for the win, sehwag would have got his hundred. the question is, why should it depend on the match situation to determine when a ball is dead?

  • gillbart on August 17, 2010, 15:40 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.

  • ChenduPhali on August 17, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Why in the world Randiv wanted to do that? Even the batsman Sehwag will never be so serious about his century. He showed it in 2nd test match recently. Had Randiv not bowled no ball and got hit for a six, that would have been forgotten after the match immediately cause Sehwag will do that to every bowler. But he will now be reminded of this incident everytime he will be hit for six (by sehwag essentially).

  • satanswish on August 17, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Good to see Sehwag making issue of this incident. Srilankans have now done this 3 times, first time with Sourav Ganguly in 2002 Kandy test match, second time with Sachin Tendulkar in 2009 Cuttack ODI & third time now with Viru Sehwag in this match.

    Mere apology would not do, both Sangakkara & Randiv should be banned for 2-3 matches each for such anti-sporting behaviour.

  • ratedstfu44 on August 17, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    @TO ROSS TAYLOR AND SANGA & all other captains....pls let sehwag to get a century otherwise he will cry in the press that the opposition did not want him to get to his 100. @sehwag, is SL team getting money for fulfill ur century?

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    lol!!! haven't seen many OFFSPINNERS with an attitude. Fast bowlers, maaybe.

  • 200ondebut on August 17, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Sehwag needs to get over this. It is not as if it would have been his first hundred.

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    i dont accept what randiv did,as a sri lankan,we r far more better than this..but i can understand his mind as wel nobody wants to see opposition getting 100,.btw black mark for sri lankan cricket..but people do make mistakes...

  • on August 17, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Well well sangakara has done it once again i dont no why he does it evry time last year in india when india needed few runs to win and sachin also was few runs short of his century ...sanga did everything possible to stop sachin but he failed...i think sanga has lost sportsmanship after he became the captain...why sanga doesnt think once that ipl has given him so much money fame what else he wants from india...Shame sanga...

  • Lion_of_Lanka on August 17, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    This is a joke. Randhiv apologizing for Sehwag's inability to score the century. SLC has no backbone. It wasnt intentional. If it was why did Randhiv bowled to legal deliveries to him before the no ball. ICC must make a rule - every bowler must apologize to the batsman if he fails to score a century. Grow up Sehwag

  • on August 17, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    while sehwag has every right to feel aggrieved at not reaching a hundred, he cannot blame SL for it. if anything, it is the law that needs a serious relook. if two runs were needed for the win, sehwag would have got his hundred. the question is, why should it depend on the match situation to determine when a ball is dead?

  • gillbart on August 17, 2010, 15:40 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.

  • ChenduPhali on August 17, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Why in the world Randiv wanted to do that? Even the batsman Sehwag will never be so serious about his century. He showed it in 2nd test match recently. Had Randiv not bowled no ball and got hit for a six, that would have been forgotten after the match immediately cause Sehwag will do that to every bowler. But he will now be reminded of this incident everytime he will be hit for six (by sehwag essentially).

  • Vilander on August 17, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    looks a little too much, its unlikely that Sehwag would have wanted to make such a big issue out of it.Anyways now that SLC/Randhiv have come up and done this, we should put this issue to rest.

  • Cricket__sri on August 17, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    so unfair act frm lankans..seems sanga was a part of it.u cld see him keepin so low that he allowed dat 4 byes,2 balls prior to d no-ball:))Sehwag really deserved d ton for d way he played.acc. 2 me, viru's score y'day is 99+6=105:)chake de viru...v r alwayz with u:))

  • on August 17, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    very poor cricket by the lankans! pakistan practically gave away 10 wickets to kumble , especially wasim who was looking in great form but knew the importance of the milestone

  • on August 17, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    sehwag u are the best 100 dont mean nothing winning the game means everything and thays wht u did u won us a game. u are the true hero.

  • on August 17, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    randiv please do these kind of actions to steve waugh, the chappell brothers and to whole australian team, that would be more satisfying...........

  • nlambda on August 17, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Good of SLC. I think the matter should be put behind and both sides should now move on. India-SL have had good relations and should maintain them.

  • rko_rules on August 17, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Even a blind can tell, that was deliberate. 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....

  • on August 17, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    The Rule of not awarding runs scored by the batsmen for the no ball is not clear to me.. as per point 13. Runs resulting from a No ball - how scored under Cricket Law 24 (http://www.lords.org/laws-and-spirit/laws-of-cricket/laws/law-24-no-ball,50,AR.html), the number of runs scored on a noball has to be awarded to the batsmen..

    May be there's something else..

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 17, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    But Sehwag is a player that lives by the sword! He himself was guilty of purposely KICKING A BALL ACROSS THE ROPES to prevent Amla from retaining strike vs SA in a test match very recently. Yes this incident did deserve at least an apology but Sehwag is in no moral standpoint be making a big deal of it. If he wanted the matter to rest, he should have kept the whole thing under wraps. This is shocking news for me, now the matter will not rest and Randiv will, as he probably should, be under the radar AND so should Sehwag for his poor sportsmanship vs SA, I hope he will publicly apologise to Amla now.

  • on August 17, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Poor Sehwag remain 99 not out ... well bowl Randiv .

  • allforone on August 17, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    This apology is a disappointment to me, Sri Lanka played tough and did an admirable thing. Why apologize? Why would you let a teams best batsmen score 100 if you can prevent it within the rules? Are we mice or men guys? Play tough, within the rules (however ridiculous they are as this one is) and do whatever you can to put the opposition off their game, or in this case deny the baby his 1 run lollipop. With games to come in the tournament it was a smart tactic and within the rules...If we want to complain we can complain about the rule.

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

    Actually, what Sehwag told was incorrect, He got two balls to get to that Hundred, but he failed to take the single, third one only Randiv made the No ball, so nothing wrong with him. Its a genuine mistake. He need not to apologise even, but he did it, that reflects how great he was....

  • on August 17, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Sanga Does it Again... Who told CRICKET is a Gentleman's Game???? Better hav a Look at LANKANS.....

  • Harish4795 on August 17, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Sehwag does not think whether it is 99 r 100.. He wants India to win...India made it with a bonus point.. Let Sri Lanka cry with their centuries n records.. True Cahmpions dont worry about it

  • on August 17, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Our main intention is winning the game with huge margin. Srilankans allowed us indirectly & got theTH bonus point. This is very impartant. ICC commite should rethink about NO BALL run include to the batsman.

  • ace330 on August 17, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    No matter what the words are from SLC and some players, it is clear that this is a concerted policy put into effect and implemented by Sri LAnker team. The team should be fined 100% of match fees for poor sportsmanship and Suraj Mohamad should be banned for one match. Only then would it be meaningful.

  • Arun14 on August 17, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Much ado about nothing !! SL and Randiv were well within the laws to bowl a no-ball. And what's with Sehwag acting all cool about it in the immediate aftermath of the game only to tear into Randiv at the press conference?? Sehwag doesn't care for records.

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

    "Sehwag smacked the ball over long off but the runs did not count as the no ball meant India had already won the game" <-- What if he did NOT hit the ball for 6 and got run-out instead? Would he have been given out because technically the ball is still alive??

  • rockydonsmuggler on August 17, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    To attack by words of arguments is not what cricketers are bound to do, neither their fans.Of course randivs action was unsportive.Reminding me of,the 'GREAT SPORTS MAN' in WASIM AKRAM,when he dint played dumb and gave away wicket to kumble when he already scalped 9,Waqar wanted to leave him embarrassed by giving it away to another bowler,but Wasim played him out like a real sportsman,and valued the efforts of real sportmanship,"if he deserve it let him get it,it will be great achievenemnt" are the words of true sports man of our era.kUMBLE was the hero of that day, but reccuring incidents like this brings back a real sportive hero each and every time, once again, wasim akram and many more sportive gaints like him.Time to think about such serious sports makers of the game.ADAM GILCHRIST,WASIM AKRAM & THE MOST GENTLEMAN OF ALL OF THEM,SACHIN TENDULKAR!

  • jeevs81 on August 17, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Hmmm... Interesting, if Randiv had come and apologized then he's definitely good human being and great man

  • on August 17, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    that is good get a probe, SLC needs to have a probe also about how SL caPTAIN ALLOWED INDIANS ALWAYS TO GET EASY SINGLES WITHOUT APPLYING PRESSURE, AND ESP ABOUT 2ND TEST MATCH THAT HE DID TAKE NEW BALL BUT DIDnt got his fast bowlers to bowl at those 2 last men batting over two hours. when they reached 700 sl captain brought his fast bowlers suddenly and took the wicket with ease. and SL players need to apologize to their fans also, for the awful way they play they last few months, loosing even the easy winnable matches

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 17, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Randiv has at least apologized. Sehwag didn't bother to do even that against SA.

  • Harry0009 on August 17, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Sehwag knows only one thing. And that is to keep things Simple and Honest. Suraj is still young to understand the nuances of the game and that cricket is a great leveller. He will realise sometime in the future when he's close to such a landmark and deliberately being denied of it. Anyways it's time to move on. Feel sorry for Sehwag not to have got his hundred. Yet again, it's a reflection of Sehwag's honesty/opinion/views about his opposition. These kind of incidents should not be tolerated whichever country it be. Getting out on 99 is one thing but being denied deliberately is sad.

  • on August 17, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I would rather take it as a game plan and leave it behind. Nobody wants to loose an edge that the opposition can gain. A batsman does not leave the crease if given not out by the umpire when he knew he was out, a fielder takes a false catch and claims that it was right.. these all are happening in the game. Any team is not supposed to give 100 as a gift.The cricket is not a gentleman's game anymore.So why bothering only with this? Is there any law that a deliberate no ball can not be bowled ??

  • payadhi on August 17, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    I Don't think it matters to much at last india win the which is more important not any personal milestone.

  • mrgupta on August 17, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Whatever happened was in the past and it was really nice to see Randiv apologizing personally to Viru. He is a young lad and new to International Cricket. Whatever he did was shameful but the bigger person is the one who accepts his mistake and apologize for it. It needed some courage and this boy showed it all. Its time to move on....

  • on August 17, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    At least some saving grace that Randiv does feel that he wasn't playing like a sportsman. I was apprehensive that even he would just go with Sanga's claim that he was trying a doosra and accidentally bowled a no-ball! What you have done Randiv will remain in the history forever and will be quoted every now and then as an example of unsportsmanlike behavior. I only hope that this has been a lesson for life for you!!

  • sista on August 17, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Players like Viru never thinks about records, because records come in favor of viru, who is just one more triple century away to get the status of one and only one player to reach three triple centuries in test cricket. yesterday ODI match was crucial for India, and he batted very adorably, we won the match with a bonus point too which is much important for us, as viru said Lankans did the same trick with Master blaster few years back, saying apologizes apart from performing the sinful act, is not at all considerable, if a batsmen get out or short of balls to make hundred then we can say it was a 'SUICIDE' attack by the batsmen, but if this type sinful act is performed it is surely called 'MURDER', even though the board or player whoever says apologize to Viru, he lost his golden hundred which he needs to have in his account, sorry viru, better luck next time.

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

    Ofcourse it was disappointing but the way sewag played in the match reveals a new fact that if he plays a bit watchful innings, he is unstoppable.

  • on August 17, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    They must have been sorry.It's their nature.previously dey ve done same to sachin in 2nd test wen dey visited India by bowling wide & keeping all fielders on off side

  • acnc on August 17, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    An apology too late.. but if anyone should be held responsible it is Sangakkara and not Randiv who was just carrying out his captain's instructions. Sangakkara was caught on the stump mike saying, "if you let him hit, he will get the run".

  • indianzen on August 17, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    If you do it without your knowledge its a mistake, but if you do it knowing very well about it then its a crime... Randiv has made a crime, he will have to prove it by showing spirit in coming matches... Apologizing off the ground will not count in sportsmanship... its how you behave and react on the ground... except 1 or 2, Indian players stand out as a gentle sportsmen unlike SriLankans...

  • sudeep1506 on August 17, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    The apology does not count now, once the damage has been done. Kumar Sangakkara & Suraj Randiv did it on purpose. So why are they apologising now? They need to ask themselves, would Randiv had done the same thing if India needed 2-3 runs off the last ball of the match or would he have done the same thing had Sangakkara been batting on 99 in a domestic match? If the answer is yes, then he has done the right thing, or else, it is proved beyond doubt, that he did it on purpose. Dear Viru, what do you expect from a team whose ancestor was Ravan?

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

    Why is it such a big deal? It seems that personal records are now more important than team wins. This is just ridiculous. Stop whining Sehwag. Tendulkar never objected in past why are you dragging him in your dirty record lust?

  • on August 17, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Now what do all the Lankan fans who criticized Indians have to say now that Randiv has come out apologized for his stupid action

  • on August 17, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Well, well the Lankans probably realised the favours BCCI has done to them by scheduling these inconsequential series in order to generate funds for the WC 2011 so they quickly jumped and apologised before the matter blew out of proportion. Apology accepted. We also accept Randiv's apology as these incidents can happen in the heat of things. Players have done even worse things on the ground but could the ICC please explain why does that ball go into Sehwag's quota if according to the rules the game was over straight after the no-ball! If so then the runs should also be awarded to the batsmen! Clearly the rules here are flawed and need to be looked into. Let's hope no player suffers this way in the future.

  • nyroot on August 17, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Apolgising itself means that Randiv bowled that noball intentionally. Shame on Randiv and Sri Lankan Cricket Team !!! Randiv is an upcoming cricketer and with this kind of mentality he will never come up.

  • on August 17, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Indian, Please accept UDRS then talk about Sprit of Cricket..

  • on August 17, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    What a fuss?first u intentionally bowled no ball then go & apologise & afterall u r asking for report over the issue,this is ridiculous.First SriLankan board should ask Sangakara why he gave such strange reaction over this issue at time of post match presentation where he replied as if everything was fine.For any on field behaviour u should let captain responsible & not any other player.One point is proven that SriLankan players don't have sporting spirit. When Kumble was one wicket away from 10 wickets in inning at Delhi against Pakistan,Waqar was trying to throw his wicket but Wasim Akram CAPTAIN came and ask him to play & if it is destined u can't change it & finally Kumble got 10 wickets,so Captain's role is always important on field in any controversies.

  • on August 17, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    It il be better if Srilanka players dosnt repeat this again.It do happens in the heat of the game but these things should be seriously dealt by the team manager to have a better cricket game in the future.

  • cric-procrastinator on August 17, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    SLC has done the right thing by apologising. If indian team had indulged in such a shameful way i would have expected them to apologise as well. Until the SLC and randiv accepted that the no ball was deliberate, the paki, bangladeshi and sri lankan supportes were comming up with rediculous theries of why it was not deliberate but now that slc and randiv have publicly accepted that the no ball was deliberate and it was done to prevent sehwag from scoring a hundred the pakis, bangladeshis and sri lanka supportes will move to the other "crying point", SLC apologised because Indian cricket (bcci) has money, let the spin start now

  • TruthPrevails on August 17, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    SL team just gained my immense admiration and respect for their humbleness. This is the Asian culture. Violating the spirit of the game is best left to non-Asians. Bravo SL.

  • thenkabail on August 17, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Over reaction: Everyone knows that Radiv did a mistake. It is not in spirit of the game. But he and Sanga apologized. It is time to move on. Over reaction is bad. Australians do far worse things and never apologize. So, please give the Sri Lankan team a break. Sanga in particular is a gentleman and a great cricketing ambassador.

  • boris6491 on August 17, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    If deliberate, it was a poor show of sportsmanship no doubt. But undoubtedly the way Sehwag has carried on is just childish to the highest degree. Does one century truly matter? Was that more important that team victory? Perhaps Sri Lanka had used such tactics before. On that occasion, did the player in question (Sachin) carry on in this fashion? I am by no means impressed by Randiv's actions but Sehwag's ridiculous drawn out reaction has made him out to be the bad guy. Seemingly, he cares more for his statistics than for the team.

  • cricfan100 on August 17, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    What has SLC done? why should you apologize from a player? It was just a small incident. It was about a personal record.That is it.I have a problem whether Nishanta Ranathunga has a back bone.He can not be a brother of Arjuna ranathunga.He does anything that BCCI tells. (We couldn't get the UDRS system for the test series because of the the same reason.) He should be fired.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on August 17, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    the biggest idiotic team is sri lanka who have excuses, they can win only in lanka but not abroad for eg india sa and australia they havent won a test there, they are cheaters and the way the celebrate for eg sangakarra and well we dont care if we dont win the series cause 5 main players are not here also we have won the last 4 odi serries in lanka so eat a humble pie we won asia cup boo hooo

  • gudolerhum on August 17, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    WIPA's side of the story has been all too evident to any impartial observer of the facts for several years. Mr Ramnarine evidently has his personal axe to grind with the WICB, who through their weakness, allow him ample opportunity to put them on the rack and embarrass the region as a result. Further, he has the support of most of the senior players to achieve his objectives. Some years ago, towards the close of a Test match at Kensington Oval, Mr Ramnarine defined his stance and attitude, nothing has changed since that moment. WI cricket will remain where it is in the doldrums until WIPA changes its approach and WICB gets some teeth. Sadly neither of these two circumstances are likely to occur any time in the near future.

  • dharam.kapadia on August 17, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    This was so unprofessional... A strict action should be taken against Randhiv as to set an example..

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

    Sri Lankan Team sucks !!!! Bad sportsmanship shown by that idiot Randiv and Sangakkara.... Just hope that this sort of act affects them in the upcoming matches in the tournament .

  • on August 17, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Pretty lame on the part of the bowler to pull a stunt like this, but good on him for having the decency to come forward and apologize. Time to move on and leave this behind, perhaps? Maybe all is not lost as far as the spirit of cricket goes... yet...

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 17, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I think at least SL have apologised and i think we must wrest the matter here.Eng/Aus don't even acknowledge it.

  • shihan12 on August 17, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    This gone too much...why SLC has also asked for an enquiry in to the incident. ..this is a joke..we know what Australia did to New Zeland..who wants to give a 100 to opposition team?.If this did by a Indiaa,Australiaa or Eanglishman..no one will talk about this..I think this SLC too much love with BCCI..

  • mt_01 on August 17, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    After watching the game yesterday and seeing Sehwag go to 99, i was hoping to see him reach the 100. A player like Randiv, should be fined or receive a match ban for his actions. That's certainly not in the Spirit of the Game. It's just not cricket. As a supporter of the great game of cricket, this type of behaviour should never be allowed and tighter controls or penalities should be imposed. Sehwag, you batted great yesterday and deserved your 100. Lets hope the next 100 comes sooner rather than later.

  • gudolerhum on August 17, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    That is an interesting situation. If Sehwag had gone for a single off the no ball and been run out, would that not have counted as a dismissal? The fact that it was a no ball should not have caused the six to be discounted. The ball is not 'dead' until the entire sequence of events following its delivery have been completed. Other wise there could be no run out off a no ball. I would like to know if my reasoning on this is correct.

  • kapsy on August 17, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    In my view, the umpires' ruling that the the match was won when Randiv bowled a no-ball is incorrect. My reasoning is quite simple: when a no-ball's bowled, the only way that the batter can get out is if he's run out. what this means is that the ball's still "alive" after the no-ball's bowled. Similarly, a no-ball can be scored off. This clearly means that until the ball's "dead", it should be considered to be alive. So, when a no-ball was bowled to Sehwag, the ball was still alive until it crossed the boundary. Hence, the runs scored off that ball, must be credited to Sehwag. Anything else would be wrong. ICC (International Council of Cartoons) should set right this incorrect decision and award Sehwag the century that he desreves.

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    I DONOT THINK ITS A BIG DEAL!!!! SEHWAG CANT SAY THAT SRILANKA DID NOT WANT HIM TO GET THAT 100!!!JUST BECAUSE HE'S IN FORM DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT'S COMPULSORY TO GET HIS 100!!!!IT WOULD BE A STRANGE THING IF EVERY TEAM SHOULD ALLOW ONE OF THE OPPOSITION'S PLAYERS TO GET A 100 IF THERE ON 95 OR MORE.

  • INDIANSTHECHAMPIONS on August 17, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    That's true Randiv made a mistake so he apologized. There is no point in forgetting this matter as it lives forever.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on August 17, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Comm'on Viru...this is not done...in meaner terms, this is called street smartness..which you have done yourself many times. Remember how in the Kolkata Test, you pushed the ball towards the boundary so that Amla don't get the strike in the next over...Grow up dude...

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Pretty lame on the bowler's part; but the apologies have been said - so its time to move on.

  • SnowSnake on August 17, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    I think Randiv did the right thing to apologize. We all make mistakes and it is understandable that emotions of the field may takeover someone's action during the heat of the moment. Still what he did was wrong and apology was in order. This incident reminded me of a beamer that Brett Lee bowled to Sachin Tendulkar in an ODI in AUs. when Sachin was closing in on his century. Brett Lee apologized just after bowling and Sachin accepted his apology. From time to time, players will make mistakes, but recognizing them and correcting the mistakes is the key. Randiv did the right thing. Now, both Randiv and Shewag can learn from this incident.

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

    ALTHOUGH they had apologised but its not call a gamespirit from srilankas point of view and this particular movement will never be forgetted by millions of indian fans.from now onwards when people will see randiv playing,they will call him a "willan".he has lost his IMAGE FOREVER..its difficult for him to retain his IMAGE BACK.

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    he has messed with the shewag i am sure that he will certainly get the punishment in the next match.

  • harvey7415 on August 17, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Issue over! It was appropriate for SL to apologize.

  • Samuji on August 17, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    It smells fishy to me..now Sl is on same boat of Aus. Kangaroo have same habit of unsportman ship. I think apology and regrets are like raping first and then offering money for abortion...no use..although lawfully it's not wrong it clearly reflects the character of Team. I personally feel that ICC. must take it seriously and add 6 runs to Sehewag's score without any debate..since he also hit a six and was never aware that the bowler-Randiv will bowl a no ball. I think SL lost moral Right now to go against or challange any such incidance against them. SL lost a place as one of the favorite Team from a Nutral Person..and I will support Team india (& Sehewag) against SL in this Triangular series

  • Truth-First on August 17, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    It happened with the heat of the game and immediately Sri Lanka realized that it's a mistake and appologized and SLC requested a report on this. They reacted as gentlemens.....but can you expect this kind of reaction from any other country????????

    Did Cricket Australia apologize after murali contraversial?...Did Paul Collingwood apologize after shameless run out of murali? ....there are lot of examples.......

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    That's something I wouldn't expect from the Lankan team, who usually show so much spirit and passion for the game. Thankfully Sehwag accepted their apology and moved on that will probably make him a great like Sachin Tendulkar in days to come. Humility is one rare virtue that Sachin has which keeps him far above most other contemporary players.

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    No excuse for u Randiv But don't try such a stupid thing anymore. Cricket has a good name as a "gentle Man Sport". Don't try to Spoil the name by doing such stupid thing.

  • sharadk.2010 on August 17, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Now that SL have apologized, this matter should be overlooked for more meaningful things. But i am still thinking, what will happen, if in case, the teams have equal points and the finalist will be decided by NRR? India have been robbed of 6 runs. ICC should look into this. Leave Suraj Randiv alone guys.

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket team is the most deciplin cricket team in the world - We don't cheat Sehwag should know this

  • on August 17, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Everything is over ! y do they apologize

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    No excuse for u Randiv but don't try like these stupid things anymore. Cricket has a good name as "Gentle Man Sport". Don't Spoil that name by doing such a stupid things.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on August 17, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    It is very unfortunate incident. But reactions from all quarters above limit. The incident was not good in context of gamesmanship or sport spirit. But according to rules of the game it was not unlawful. The biggest flaw in rules is that no-ball is counted as one more ball faced by batsman. This completely illogical. No Ball should not be added to Balls-faced by the batsman. And runs scored off it should not be added to Batsman's tally. Instead, should be counted as extras. Free-Hit should be abandoned as it is cruel towards bowlers.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 17, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Dear Aravida & SLC. Please ban Randiv at least 1 year and strip the captaincy of Sanga. Both Sanga & Randiv sould be responsible & both should be punished. This is shame and ridiculus. Sanga got now Aussie attitude. He criticized India after the second test saying India had a bad/negative attitude. Thereafter SL lost 3rd test and the ODI. Who got the bad attitude by bowling a No Ball purposely? India or SL. If these two are not punished, I will never support SL cricket.

  • Srikolith on August 17, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    as a srilankan i'm really ashamed about that incident. Our team was known to be an one which always protects spirit of the game. it's really sad to see that incident. this is all sanga's fault. under mahela's & previous captains leadership such things never happened. SLC must take an action against this.

  • Ashish_lucky7 on August 17, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Randiv is just a sadist so is Sanga, they should grow up and realise that its not club cricket anymore and at the highest level of cricket, certain respect should be shown towards the opponents, and also the spirit of the game shouldn't loose any shine. ITS SAD THAT RANDIV DELIBERATELY BOWLED A NO BALL......

  • Farce-Follower on August 17, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Unfortunate that this had to happen to someone who is least bothered about statistics (unlike some other galacticos in the Indian team).

  • c.s.r on August 17, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Sehwag - we always count this as your hundred! Don't bother about it much! You have the time to many more such hundreds! I heard a lot of good things about Randiv being a good sportsman. Didn't expect him to do this in the first place though I suspect someone in the ground should have prompted him to do this act. I'm sure he must have done it without thinking about the consequences. I'm sure he must have realized by now how he has to carry this remark through out his career. Not a good sigh for an youngster like him. Other young cricketers should learn from this incident to show their character when it matters! Good to see that he came and personally talked to Sehwag about this. He atleast consoled thousands of indian fans if not completely remove the mark of it.

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

    i am an indian but im neutral when it comes to supporting teams. Randiv needs to be reprimanded for bowling that disgrace of a no-ball on purpose. But the indian fans as well as team India too should not go overboard in criticizing the lankans..even they need to realise that many times, the post-wicket celebrations by PK, harbhajan and Zaheer especially is never in good taste. They seem extremely aggressive and are seen hurling abuses though not directly at the batsman each time they take a wicket. I guess its hightime the ICC needs to formulate an official list of do's and dont's for keeping the sport gentlemanly and remind the players that it is just a sport and not a war. The best team in my opinion is NZ when it comes to playing in the spirit of the game. Vettori and rossco are gracious both in victories and losses, and that is how it should be.

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    being an indian and been supporting my team for so long i believe this issue should not be stretched ..........it's over and done u cannot change , no need to prolong the issue and if sanga was on 99 i think sehwag might have done the same to.........so we should nt be cry baby abt this....

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Hey .... u r my champion.....learn to forget and forgive. I am sad how it happened, you didn't fail the fans but SL need lessons in the true sportmanship. Ram

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I must say.....Viru you have potential to break any . barrier ... i am more happy to see you playing till the end of the game. with all the responsibility you did great job.... I can say only one thing. these thing never bother to us. only result matter i remember the first match and on 99 you tried to hit Boundary instead of completing your Century u care about team score... that show the capability and Gamespirit or i wann say Team spirit.. Do well dude .. and my wishes greetings for you ....:) we all wish for your success ......

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

    this is a ridiculous incident and i believe that the icc should intervene with some common sense and award shewag with a century!

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on August 17, 2010, 11:09 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. 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 & Indian players are not gaining anything by playing sub-standard competitors.Instead playing Australia will at least 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

  • kishanmurari on August 17, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    The apologies should put to rest the debate on whether or not the no-ball was deliberate. However, what I do not understand is what the reference to "correcting the procedure" is.

  • on August 17, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    keep doing the same srilanka , to whomever player you have shown your shameless cricket they have turned as legend

  • pankaj7tripathi on August 17, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Shewag has done the right thing by saying lets move on..It was unfortunate what Randiv did but I suppose we all think we are doing the right thing in the heat of the moment. Randiv was just trying to be a little too clever I suppose but lets just move on..Lets talk about Shawag's great match winning knock.. Well done Shawag..!! Its a pleasure to watch u AND Sachin.

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

    I said yesterday in response to another article that this incident seemed deliberate and that it was not right. As a Sri Lankan, I am glad that not only the player, but also the board apologized. It was totally unnecessary - Sehwag won the match for India and he deserved a century. But I do think that it was due to the heat of the moment over taking common sense, and hope it will not happen again.

  • on August 17, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    DAM if u cant hit in previous 3 balls so its ur mistake dont blame srilankan players u shuld pray to god tht u r bowled in free hit ball tht chance and ur crying for 1 runs shee cant thing like this guys

  • orlurmsana on August 17, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Randiv didn't want him to score a 100. Its simple as that. If a team is winning a match and one of their batsman is on 99, would you let him score 100 simply becoz u r going to lose anyway? I think Randiv did the right thing by preventing Mr Sehwag from scoring a 100 on a dead asian pitch.

  • on August 17, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    3rd time Srilanka made everyone feel shy and and played out of the spirit of the game yesterday,1.saurav ganguly on 95* and wide was thrown2. sachin tendulkar on 98* malingra threw 5 wide...3 virendar sehwag on 99* randiv threw and king of no ball shame on your cricket

  • on August 17, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Good to see Sri Lankan board condemning this act, it surely brings bad honors to Sri Lankan cricket, hopefully truth comes out after the probe. More importantly both parties have now resolved the issue and are keen to move on, especially I liked how Sehwag initially handled this stuff with a bright smile, but after wards it was understandable that he was upset since this keeps popping up with the same opponent in a same manner, also I read somewhere Ganguly was echoing similar thoughts while recollecting similar incidence where he was denied a ton with the same opponent. Lets hope the series will witness good quality cricket played in right spirit.

  • ANIRUDH98 on August 17, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    you're right, Viru!!! Superb innings

  • on August 17, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Randiv should done it because Sangakkara asked him to do it!! listen to the stump mic.. been a sri lankan im rally ashamed of the act of sangakkara. hope Sri lankan cricket take some serious actions against this. To other guys, plz blame to sangakkara not to the country. I'm really ashamed of this act! Shame on you sanga!!

  • Reagos on August 17, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    In the cricketing world we usually measure the greatness of a cricketer by the number of runs scored or scalps claimed in his career. Whilst Sehwag easily falls into the runs and entertaining category his majestic greatness can also be seen by the way he handled and responded to the incident. ," Sehwag said, "but they did that, they are happy and we are happy, we won the game, we got the bonus point." A true team player. Hats off to Kumar Sangakkara also who must not go unnoticed. True masters of the art. (Just for the record I am a West Indian supporter)

  • on August 17, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    To err is Human, to forgive is Divine but to own up your mistake requires a great deal of courage.

  • Manush on August 17, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Very bad example and in poor taste. Srilankans should have gracefully accepted Sehwag's dominance. He is truly great and wanted his mistake of missing a Test 100 be amended and played in the same usual style and hit a six !!

  • Zigor on August 17, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    I guess Srilanka has woken the sleeping tiger. I think sehwag would like to hit a hundred in the next match. They have motivated a wrong guy. Sehwag would be waiting to get on the field against them. I feel bad for Randiv. I hope he is a good enough bowler to be on the wrong side of a legend like Virender Sehwag.

  • sid.losalka on August 17, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    I guess what's lacking in today's youngsters is playing the game in the true spirit and sportsmanship. I dont believe that merely apologizing helps much. The rules of cricket were drafted when it was still considered a "Gentleman"s Game". It's not one, any more. I think the rules should be tweaked a bit, so that no one is denied what he deserves, merely due to another's person's dimwits!! Anyways, the series is still on, and I just wish that Randiv gets to know what it means to play "another" game against Greats like Sachin or Sehwag! I cant help but say that Randiv's popularity, if at all, will go down drastically after what he did!! Shame on you Randiv!

  • Chethana on August 17, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Moment of madness by Suraj Randiv. A player like Virender Sehwag doesn't care whether he is on 99 or 199. He playes his shots. If it was Sachin Tendulkar I dont mind denying a 100 becasue he plays for 100s.

  • Internet_Guy on August 17, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    this is like a big rotten egg thrown on sangaraka face

    there is no sportsmanship for srilankan team ... if we aren't winning,atleast we can deny sehwag a century,something to feel good at the end of day

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

    moving on from this trivial incident.......!

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

    I dont think its intentional no-ball and i dont think also that Randiv knew about that foolish rule on last bowl. And also Shewag had 2 bowls to score his run, so dont accuse other about his no bowl,...

  • on August 17, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    well.....another incident proving the thing that probably the cricket playing nations r so obedient in looking after d Indian team's matter <may b i'm wrong. but things r seeming like towards me>. It's a silly matter, why should a board apologise to a team for these sort of matter? It's the bowler's choice whether he delivers a no ball or an OK ball, moreover it can also be a strategy taken by d Srilankan team. It's a preity simple matter,marginely overvalud! By d way Sehwag's also a man who unlikely talks a lot! Funny guy! In press meets he uses to talk unusually. We noticed it at his last Bangladesh tour.

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

    well...I certainly think Shewag should have got that 100. however, when he said at MOM award that it doesn't matter to him whether it's 99 or 100, he shouldn't have talked about this any more. instead he said SL had done it against Shachin. so he really cares and cares A LOT about that 100. Even if Randiv's NO BALL was deliberate, he had 2 balls to get to his 100 in between BY and NO. so i would say its just a NOT SO GREAT day for him...-)

  • sista on August 17, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Players like Viru never thinks about records, because records come in favor of viru, who is just one more triple century away to get the status of one and only one player to reach three triple centuries in test cricket. yesterday ODI match was crucial for India, and he batted very adorably, we won the match with a bonus point too which is much important for us, as viru said Lankans did the same trick with Master blaster few years back, saying apologizes apart from performing the sinful act, is not at all considerable, if a batsmen get out or short of balls to make hundred then we can say it was a 'SUICIDE' attack by the batsmen, but if this type sinful act is performed it is surely called 'MURDER', even though the board or player whoever says apologize to Viru, he lost his golden hundred which he needs to have in his account, sorry viru, better luck next time.

  • dmfc on August 17, 2010, 10:14 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 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

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

    since it is perfectly legal and under the laws of cricket sri lankans should not ask for apology to anyone even fans. we all fans are with randiv, n it is so common in todays cricket. i mean if that was against sportsmanship then why not dhone hit the winning runs and kept on defending to make sure sehwag got his ton. in that case dhoni should also ask for apology to the world i mean this is childish man its so common tactics in todays competitive cricket. i think these days fans and players only think abt batsmen what abt bowlers they equally deserve wat batsmen think abt themselves

  • dmfc on August 17, 2010, 10:13 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 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

  • Bratpack on August 17, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Whats the bloody use of of apologizing now ?? Is the 100 going to be credited to sehwag ? Guess the fact that srilanka was beaten fair n square and also that the entire srilankan team collectively cant match sehwags brilliance prompted sangakkara n randiv to take this dastardly step. Shame on Srilanka and shame on its cricketers.

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

    Not sure why there is so much of talks about this non-issue. Randiv should have probably bowled it a little bit wide for Sanka to let another bye. Then, no one would have spoken about this. Moreover, India needed 5 runs when the over started and Sehwag was on 99 then. After 4 byes, he still faced 2 more deliveries before that 'No ball'. And if he couldnt get it in those 2 deliveries, why is Randiv being blamed?!!!

  • gmathew on August 17, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Its my feeling that Randiv will be remembered more for this than all his prowess with the ball. And Sehwag's 99 gains a stature more than a century because forgave Randiv immediately, saying such things happened in cricket. His stature rises above that of Randiv. This is where Captaincy failed. It shows that off field/in dressing room petty beahviour is tolerated by SLC team. This is the sad outcome on the field. Sorry Sanga you are to blame.

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    any how viru deserves the century.............. what a cool player..........

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

    I seriously think that sangakkara is the man to be blamed here.slc should sack him.not leeting a player score a century by using unfair means shows that srilankan cricket team is statistical minded team and players play for there records more than they do for there country.if sanga is leading such thoughts ,he should be sacked.look how keen they were on murali getting 800 that at one point they had forgot that time was passing away for them to force a result.what would have murali though had pragyan ojha or ishant sharma given away his wicket to lasith malinga and deprived murali of his 800th wicket.perhaps it was a much bigger record than sehwag 100.sanga should be ashamed of himself.

  • 12kris on August 17, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    C'mon guys! Let not trivials dominate discussions. After all, personal glory is not what matters. India won emphatically and Sehwag won any which way you look. His comments after the match were very sporting. Thereafter the news mongers kept dinning it into him and put words into his mouth. This is not to say the rules of Cricket aren't asinine. How can a result be called before the ball is dead? A no-ball means only that the batsman cannot be out to that ball, and can only be run-out. What if two teams are vying to qualify for the finals and the bowler denies the batting team a chance to overtake them by limiting the scoring to one? I think the ICC has to amend antiquated laws.

  • sweepercover on August 17, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Other than the fear of losing IPL money, I don't see the point of this apology. Nobody likes to give away centuries on a plate. Centuries are to be earned and earned by mature men. Not by sissies. One's inability to pace the inings and reach the milestone in time is not someone else's problem.

    Fielding teams do various things to prevent centuries and get batsmen out when they are on 90's. So what's wrong with Randiv's act? I would have done the same if I was the bowler and I would have asked my bowler to do so if I was the captain. You don't get free-bees in international Cricket. Just live with it or leave it.

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Why were the runs not counted to Sehwag's score ? If we required 10 runs to win and Sehwag had hit a six on a no-ball would it still be only 1 run plus a free hit even though he had hit a six ? The rules of cricket never cease to amaze and baffle me.

  • bhaskar_79 on August 17, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    i agree ... they did something, have realised their mistake and apologised. So its time to end the matter and move on to the cricket. Knowing sehwag, thats just what he'll do.

  • malithk2001 on August 17, 2010, 9:41 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!

  • wagesh on August 17, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Once again Outstanding cricket by Sehwag till last ball of the innings. but really unfair game by randiv at end of the game,... But one thing SL & Randiv gotto Know is Nothing can stop him playing his natural game... So VIRU keep goingggggg waiting for ur nxt ton...:-)

  • kevinja on August 17, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    I am really happy at least later they have corrected the mistake. As a Sri Lankan I felt really bad when I saw it on television. Of course it was deliberate and awful to watch. I thought we Sri Lankans play the game with right spirit and Sangakkara hasn't got any thing right last night. To match Mahela you have a long way to go.

  • Kaushalya_Gurudeniya on August 17, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    So what, we remember last time we played the test series in India, how they got the advantage, firstly using Indian made ball which reverse swings after 10 or so overs and then denying the review system for the play. We lost the matches because of 8+ bad decisions hence short of 400+ runs.

    This time too Indians denied the review system.

    It's ever so fair to do that by bowling a no-ball. It's not against rules of cricket. If anyone want. India deserves this for their unfair behavior in the field.

    Well done Sri Lanka, Well done Randiv.

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Hi Shewag we Sri Lankans are very sorry about this. Apologize for Randiv's act. SLC should ban him for a match. If Sanga is involved he also should be banned for a match.

  • gloves71 on August 17, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Pretty sad really - Randiv should have been looking to deny him a ton by getting him out on 99. What did he think he was going to achieve by this?

  • Nisrin.Ali on August 17, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    im a true sri lankan supporter but really feel bad about this incident and SLC should pay serious attention to this incident to protect the spirit of the game.

  • akhilhere on August 17, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Ya when they have officially asked apology,its better we put an end to this discussion.Mistakes happens,hope they play with better gamesmanship i future.

  • ArjunVS on August 17, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    An apology after the even is all very well, but it does not change the facts. Cricket is about the spirit of the game, fair play and certainly not justified by being passed of as an incident "in the heat of the moment"

    Just as one does not condone what some of the Indian players do (Harbhajan in particular), one cannot condone what Randiv did, or Sangakara stating ignorance.

    But where is the restitution ? Sehwag does not have a very well deserved century, and what I for one would like to see, is the Sri Lanka board approach the Match Referee and the ICC and have the run's credited, either as an exception or as an ammendment to the rules.

    Uprires can disallow a deliberate action, just as they did again South Africa (?) when Sehwag kicked the ball across the ropes to avoid have the tailended take strike in the next over.

    If it was a legit ball, and Sehwag had hit a six, the score would have stood at 176. It should now stand at 177 because the ball was live till it crossed the Line.

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    It is indeed shamefull incident for Sri-Lanka...i think even sum other players wld have been involed in d incident...this is d spirit of Sri-lanka..ha ha even they have done it in d past...but it hardly mattered...coz it was good 2 see Sehwag even smiling after d match...even after when he was denied a century...which he truly deserved it...the way he batted...SHAME on Sri-lanka..!!!

    He was more happy coz India won..n that 2 even with a bonus point..!!! ha ha ha Well done Viru...!!!

    Some days ago in d test series....randiv was compared to Murali d Legend...he can nowhere be near Murali...even in d future...i think even GULLY cricketers dnt do this...Really Shame on him...sumthing is better...atleast he apologised...but wats d use of it...he wont get his century back...Its lyk killing a person n then saying Sorry...huh...

    I jus hope Sri-lanka shudnt reach d finals...it shud be India vs New-Zealand..!!!

    SHAME ON THEM...!!!

  • Chapelau on August 17, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    As a neutral English fan, I am disgusted at Randiv's conduct. It is not unusual for Sri Lanka to "play" this way - I hope Sehwag gets 200 in the next game to push the point home that it doesn't pay to cheat. Go India!!!

  • K.A.K on August 17, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    A minor rule change should be made to allow the batting team to deny a run from a No-ball or a wide if it is in their interest. Or, all runs from a No-ball be counted for the batsman, as he or she inspired the bowler to bowl an invalid delivery Or, if it is determined by the match referee that the bowler bowled a No-ball intentionally, +5 runs be awarded to the batsman for that ball

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Sehwag shud forget and forgive... :)

  • A.Ak on August 17, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    We should not blame SL team for this incident. Everyone think to stop scoring 100 against them. I think what the board should think about it is the LAW. Sehwag scored a six of that ball, right in the middle. That means it was played officially, ball was counted in his account, but not the runs !!!. This doesn't make sense. To be fair (hundred or not) the runs should be added to the batsman OR the umpire should jump and stop the ball before it reaches the batsman and say "GAME OVER". ICC should think about this stupid law.

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Every time something happens that disrupts cricket in India (90% it is crowd trouble, and 90% of that in Eden Gardens), Arjuna Ranatangu sticks out his neck and starts talking high-handedly about how the Sri Lankans are an educated lot and have very different values and sportsmanship. So much for all that hyperbole.

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    It was good that he apologized, however the rule is stupid!

  • venky_singapore on August 17, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    The Lankans have a history about such things, especially under Sangakkara. E.g the Sachin incident, a previous one with Saurav... But they are smart - they apologised upon realizing that their actions are putting the IPL million$$ at stake ! Anyway, it's time to move on, for the good of the game, with a joint statement by both captains soon.

  • vblord on August 17, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    If he has apologised then as the manager said lets move on and forget about it. He is a young chap and he will learn. It takes courage to accept your mistake. In the words of another sports "LETS PLAY BALL"

  • Pub91 on August 17, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    ok now this is stupid... deliberate no-ball?? yea right...

  • on August 17, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Alround shame. Shewag and Randiv will continue to be heros but they both missed a golden opportunity to be graceful. Good luck to them on future opportunities as they are bound to come.

  • shri619 on August 17, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    yes randiv bowld no ball and it was a attempted no ball if you watch the clip you will see his foot is way over the line i think 1ft or more. he has done this just becoz sehwag wil not get his 100 that is not fair play with sportsman spirit

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    In m opinion the seniors of SRILANKAn team asked suraj to do the no-ball. As they are always jealous of Indian Progress in Cricket. in the mean while, they were arguing about how India team is no. 1 in Tests.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    This is like slapping someone and saying sorry. shame on the lankan's for doing it twice (once with viru and once with the god of cricket)

  • Srini2011 on August 17, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Really bizzare why SLC has to extend a formal apology; English bowled wide balls to Gilchrisht in WACA to stop him from scoring the fastest century in Test matches; He didn't come up and crib; Sehwag may have felt deprived of a century, but what accusing the opponent for petty things like this is childish; I like him for his very cool way of dealing with things...but here he has failed miserably; From a mroe holistic view, sehwag is beating the hell out of Lankan bowlers for the entire season and if I were the srilankan captain, I sure as hell would have suggested Randiv to do what he did; It would be real sad if he is punished for this incident; There are so many inhumane things happening like Broad throwing the ball at Haidar, Steyn spitting towards Benn; The team managements have to stand up and use iron hands for those ugly things rather than apologising for these trivial ones ...

  • cricfan100 on August 17, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    I can understand why Randiv apologized . But why should SLC apologize from shewag. He is just a player. It was a small incident as far as i am concerned.It was just a controversy between two cricketers.I dought whether Nishantha Ranathunga has a back bone. He does anything that BCCI tells him (in the test series we couldn't have the UDRS system for the same reason).

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Of course it was done deliberately. But we have to move on. Its not fair to criticize it.

  • GemsBond on August 17, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Poor Indians will forgive them easily otherwise should do something like that to dem too...Had India left murali on 799 by running out demselves what Sl would hav felt just imagine that Sri Lankans and specially u Randiv rather should call looser a big looser.

  • Shafi79 on August 17, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    I am Sri Lankan and i was shocked and dissapointed at what happened! I have always been proud of the manner in which our guys played the game but this was just not on! I am quite sure sanga was behind it, i even caught a bit of what he said before the ball was bowled, i hope SLC takes some action against these guys - at least a fine.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    This is a good gesture from SLC. I really welcome it from Randhiv. He did a mistake, but he apologies it. This make him good. Many times evil thoughts came to your mind. At the same time Anuruddha Polonovita is speaking lot of useless things. I think yesterday's win is answering it. same with 3rd match win. Anyway it is cricket. Good or bad it is part of life.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Raniv is young blood, still new to the game,If this is highly unethical, what would you call for Harbajan's slappping on Sreesanth in front of thoushands, Go ahead young man, we are with you

  • Prabuddha on August 17, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    I still can't understand why people making a huge fuzz on this. Shehwag had the chance for scoring that one run even before the 4th ball of that over. And after all he cries for missed chance and put the blame on a new kid. And Sri Lanka Cricket should not always go behind this big headed BCCI or India. Asking Randiv to apologize is a bad example. Did Harbajan apologize to Symonds or atleast Srishanth? You can point out so many incidents where Indian cricketers have behaved unethically. Anybody remember Kapil Dev's record making wicket (Hashan - Given out caught when ball hit on the body and bat was nowhere near)? Didn't they apply for that wicket or Umpire gave it out by him self only. Are these ethical incidents? Just because the country is big don't think that you are supper power in any sport. India always has come up with an excuse for every thing in recent times. But India were a better team when it was lead by the aggressive captain Ganguly.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    "It was clear that the Lankan team did not want me to get to my 100," Sehwag said"

    Sehwag, please don't go in to that deep, yes, its quite distinct that every team doesn't like having a century by the opposition player. No need of mentioning that! Don't go after the personal 100s as you already won the match as a team.

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

    It's good that the SLC and the player concerned have apologised. Let's face it, in contrast Aus and the English would have been justifying their behaviour had they done the same thing. Sehwag and the Indian team will only come out stronger after all this.

    The matter is closed and it's time to move on. It's time to get the ICC to change that stupid rule and the ambiguities contained therein.

  • Malaka_Udawatta on August 17, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Sehwag is crying like a child. :)

  • SebV on August 17, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Cricket fan and Viru fan. Incident hurts. Let's move on.

  • komandur on August 17, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    It is time to move on guys - what has happened has happened. Sehwag will compensate in the next match..

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

    There is no need of apologizing..this is da game..no one likes to record a century against them...and also dont forget..after da test match series dhoni said that "they'll try to make it tough for him because the kind of cricket that he has played, he has always made it tough for the batsmen to score runs. In the same way, the batsmen are getting an opportunity not to let him get 800 wickets. And also when roshith sharma got out sehwag went up to da umpire and questions his decision and that is not true sportmanship either dislhan could have done the same when mahela got out but he didn't...

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on August 17, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    interesting the cricket board of sl and randiv have apologised, yes an enquiry is there lets see the result of it and i hope sanga and randiv are taught some lesson

  • Judyboy on August 17, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Whatever the outcome is, I as an Indian really appreciate the way Sri lankan cricket apologise on this issue and the measures they are taking towards the same. It is a lesson for the other cricketing nations too including India how much moral importance they (SLC) are giving to this game and to spirit of this sport. Hats off you guys..!! You people really deserve in winning the ICC spirit of the game award thrice, no wonder about it.

    A note to Viru, as an Indian fan I appreciate a little more matured approach and words from you as I love your way of cricket that much, it made me a little dissappointed..??!!

  • diarrhea on August 17, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    IPL! IPL! IPL! Money, Money, Money. Power Power Power. what can say........ these three things bowed the SLC, SL captain and SL bowler. its not its the Money and IPL forced Rnadiv SLC and Sanga to all these. had this happened to Guptil they would havfe gone that far. Greedy Lankan ........

  • Zookinii on August 17, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    This is a poorly written article. Firstly there has been no official statement provided by Randiv on the matter. Only we read that some administrators have been liaising together in attempt to play the incident down, and secondly we read something that Viru posted on his twitter page. This is not really substantial. It is a gross remark and poor journalism to make at this stage that the no-ball was deliberate. And to bring up the past incident of Sachin in cuttack is also quite superfluous. I remember watching that game and seeing the incident. Dinesh Karthik could've easily passed on the strike to Tendulkar deliveries earlier or even with the delivery he put away to the boundary but he didn't. I remember being mad at Karthik at the end of that match for denying Tendulkar. But of course it's easier to blame the opposition for internal mistakes now isn't it? And to even consider this incident, how many deliveries was it that Viru faced in that last over without scoring a single run?

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Ya it sounds wrong but i havnt seen dhoni appologies to any batsman after getting him caught behind evn if he knws that there wasnt an edge if spirit of game is to b protected that alot is to b taught yes the act was wrong but creating issue of it is useless game must move on therez alot een done wrongfully in this game

  • Raju_Iyer on August 17, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    So, at least now that the cat is out of the bag and we know that Sanga's act of injured innocence at the presentation ceremony was a well put-on act (of course we all heard him shout furitively on the stump mike!); let us move forward and accept that there are very few gentlemen left in this game today.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    i think randiv did it by pupruse for sehwag not to make his centuary and after wards saying sorry

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    I am happy more then dissappoint because our team win with a bonous point. feel bad because of sehwag miss the century. but thats ok it was delibrately done by rendiv for sure. thats it

  • mdwasifimam on August 17, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Yes of course Randhiv should be penalised for very very against of sportsmanship activity. Cricket is the game of huminity not for bad manners like randhiv.How it is players from srilanka can do that. Sri lanka is world champion thrice for sprorts spirit of the cricket.

  • ashankar on August 17, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    No Comments!!! I had commented earlier on a different thread about the jealousy and irritation that our neighbouring countries have on us. I think this is one of the outcomes based on that.

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  • Apache_Indian on August 17, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Suraj Randiv and SL Cricket Board has apologized; enough for me. I'm sure, the people who just LOVE criticizing India would be hiding their faces now. :-) No hard feelings for Sri Lanka as the apology has come within time. Looking forward to the next match.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    The SLC and the sirlankan plays are no more respect from my side because these thing are bad for cricket as well as their(sirlankns plays ) sprite to play cricket ..........

  • ArabianCricketClub on August 17, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Ranidv Learn to play cricket with SPIRIT.Sports is all about Spirit of Game.These stupid activitis doesnot suit for an International Player.

    Firoz

  • Al-Entity on August 17, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    It is pretty clear that we (Sri Lankans) and Indians can not get along. We basically hate each other. Therefore I do not understand why we play India so often. And of course it is no surprise that our meek SLC has being bullied by the all powerful BCCI on this occasion. These are the same people who through ROCKS at us when we beat them in a Semi Final in 1996 at their HOME! They hate us and we dislike them. I think as Sri Lankans we should stop playing cricket with India. It causes so much little controversy when we play other nations.

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Now watever Randhiv and SLC do......makes no logic....Sehwag wont have the ton in his name...,record will be 99* only......If they want to take action...bann Sangakkara and Randhiv for life

  • on August 17, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    They are just saving their IPL contract :-D

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

    It was obvious that act was done with intention. Good thing that it was accepted admitted now. Being an Indian and also had very good impression about Srilanka team regarding their gentleman behavior on field so far (with few exceptions), I believe we should look forward now.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Its interesting to see that just after the match, Sehwag was not so worried about the no ball, he shrugged and said " it happens". But, his press conference was a bit different, he came across as being undone by the no-ball. Symptomatic of sub continent emotions, where you are pushed by the feelings of the people around you. Me thinks he was actually OK with the situation, but perhaps the people around him and the clamoring of the press made him realize that he has been wronged. I hope the emotional outbursts of the Indian supporters are kept in check and they understand sports psychological tactics. And, yes what randiv did was against the spirit of the game, but he has apologized ! and there ends the matter. Between, this victory sets up the tournament quiet nicely and i look forward to see the rest of the games.

  • touchmate_2006 on August 17, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    RANDIV IS THE NO-BALL KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DushanGunarathna on August 17, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    It a shame if Randiv did it on purpose. At the same time we should appreciate the actions taken by SLC and Randiv himself. But Sehwag also should admit that even Indians do the same thing when it comes to situations like this and its been proven by their disgraceful acts in the past on the field and off the field and also by their spectators.....

  • KaZsa on August 17, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Now Sehwag should apologies about the Tendulkar incident from the whole Sri Lankan cricket team.

  • kk777 on August 17, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    i think the matter shud b closed nw...sehwags happy we r happy:):)

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

    It's their way. Doing something deliberate and apologise as a formality. But sanga's perversive nature is permanent. Here no point to blame viru. He is aggressive in his words too. but he is right. Dhoni and sehwag were aware of this things. that's y dhoni didn't allow the 3 balls of previous over (mathews) to the keeper. He may let it to the boundary deliberately as he did in the fist ball of randiv. So everything preplanned by the perversive sanga. Shame on u. Negative spirits.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Suraj Randiv should be punished severely for his bad behavior and bad attitude, this is not the way of denying, he can deny the batsman by his intelligent bowling by dot ball and invite batsman to go for big hit and trap the batsman on catches. He should be punished and penalized for next two one day matches.Apology will not solve the issue

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    A hundred or no hundred should not make big difference to Sehwag considering the way he approaches cricket,the bigger point is where is the game heading? I guess it no longer is gentlemans game.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    SLC should first apologize from all Sri Lankan cricket fans for the mess they have created in SLC. Randiv's case may be intentional or unintentional. Did India apologize when they produced an unplayable pitch early this year. Instead they said SL chickened out cos of loosing 4-1. To give Kapil Dev his world record (at that time) Indian umpire gave Thilakarathne out when it was very clear that he was not out (see the footage to see how much time he took and the pressure from all Indian fielders). We can all remember how one of Indian umpires first started to raise his finger and then started scratching his head when Jadeja was clearly out against SL on a onedayer. Every one knows how they reacted for the loos India is going to suffer in 1996 WC SF. Did India apologize in any of those occasions? And SL didn't won ICC spirit of the game thrice. First investigate all corruptions in SLC before putting a young cricketers career in line.

  • sweetspot on August 17, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    "Hi! Sorry I am a cheap Sri Lankan cricketing weasel. I couldn't help but behave cheaply.". Unless this was the gist of the apology, we can rest assured the apology is another cheap gimmick in SL's arsenal of cheap and dirty tactics. Mahela's appeals for lbw, his sophomoric looks of fake anguish, and appeals for non existent catches, Sanga's desperate sad looks when his appeals are turned down, all nothing but cheap drama. With yesterday's incident(s), SL is the lowest mentality in world cricket today. Forget Randiv's obvious gutter level thinking, Sanga's let for 4 byes on the ball before was even more obvious. SL will not make it to the final if karma decides to play a role. In fact, it will be great if the rascals are denied a chance by rain, with one ball to go!

  • XooX on August 17, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Why oh why! I thought this one would become one big controversy and India and Sri Lanka will finally decide to stop playing any series for the next ten years..It would have been so awesome

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    It is perfectly admissible to deny a person a century or 5-wickets or anything. But one should not try to achieve it through dubious means like bowling a deliberate no-ball (more than one foot) or wide deleivery etc. It is ironical that in modern days with so much cricket being played there is no time for players to even behave properly or remain sportive. What Randiv did was unsportive. But the swift response from SLC is soothing.

  • Alexk400 on August 17, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    I still the run should be counted for sehwag.

    Until the ball is dead , everything should be counted.

    When a team win by last ball 6 , all the runs added to the total. Why not subtract the runs more than run required?.

    This rule is bogus and probably done by clueless people.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    well well well randiv vs sehwag is getting quite interestin.... Is this the beginnin of a new rivalry??

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    I don't know why the hell SL cricket board or Randiv should apologies to any one It is not illegal and any team can do any action within legal bounds to stop opposition.How stupid of shewag to say "It was clear that the Lankan team did not want me to get to my 100," No team wants any one to score hundreds against them . Surely next time when shewag gets out he will call a press conference and say "look they didn't let me score runs " Nishantha Ranatunga should go and check whether his back bone is still there. I think indian players have great potential of becoming stand-up comedians and they should seriously consider that.

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

    "SL Board and Randiv apologise to Sehwag".. It shows the domination of BCCI among other cricket boards..

  • ushakiran on August 17, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    i won't agree ur apologise .next match u have to give triple century 2 sehwag.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    it was crystal clear wht happened in d yesterdays game.. unlucky sehwag... Randiv should be penalised n d rules of ICC with regard to this should be amended... Randiv u hv let down sri lanka cricket board.. u r nt a true sportsman...cheap tactics by lanka RANDIV SUCKS ALSO RULES OF ICC SUCKSSS...!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    at end of day.honesty wins..matter should be closed now..

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

    So Randiv is a nice guy and maybe was trying to bowl the doosra .......Sanga was trying to be smart ass on this and now that SLC has apologized maybe he will change his flippant remarks..............absolute shameful act which will ensure that Sri Lanka does not win the spirit of cricket again....Sorry Viru we all know that this was a century denied by a side rapidly declining - some of their appeals could have won them an oscar award...........the sooner Sanga is stripped of captaincy the better. Ask Murali.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Good on SLC for apologising. India and SL both have good relations, and this incident was quite unsportsmanlike but let's treat this matter as closed and move on.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Why is India always on the receiving end in such Instances?

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Sehwag is a cry baby.But yesterday; Randiv did that on purpose. So what? When actually was cricket a gentleman's sport? No team is innocent.Recently, Kamran akmal stood his ground after hussey claimed his catch. Bhajji is regular offender shouting racial abuse at Symmo and even at IPL but indian media saved him. It was sad that even Sachin took the side of the wrong party. Symmo taunting RCB player at ipl2 final. Broad breaking the wrists of Pak wk. So, all this is normal. Sehwag; stop crying like rotlu.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    So Randiv NO Bowled, in order to prevent Shewag century... Own it & be proud of it, instead of apoliogizing like wussbags; You dont play Cricket to appease d oppposition, you play the game to break them down (even mentally) -- That's how the Aussies ruled 4 decades... PS: Personally i would've bowled a wide down legside (where shewag wuld've had no chance of getting bat 2 ball!)

  • SUNDOS on August 17, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka deserve a lot of kudos for the way they have performed since they became a fully fledged member of the ICC.However justified or not the "chip on the shoulder" mentality"and the seemingly sense of injustice they seem to carry into matches,is becoming more and more apparent.Skills aside Sangakkara ,Jayawardene and some of the new breed i.e.Dilshan,Chandimal,and now Randive give the impression that they sore losers.Ranatunga did build a lot of self belief in this team.His legacy however also did contain a degree of cynicism.Sangakkara is the captain's representative of all captains on the ICC panel,Its time he stopped being eloquent and addressed the issues that concern behaviour his team displays.Unfortunately most of the new generation and they ,seem to forget that it still is a "gentlemen's game this applies to all countries .Look around.Broad,Benn,Ponting,Clarke,are the usual suspects whenever theres a transgression.

  • kalyanbk on August 17, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    The Sri Lankan officials and Randiv have done a very nice thing. It is much appreciated and as Biswal says, the matter is now closed. On to the next game! Crucial encounter for both SL and NZ.

  • kamalkapoor on August 17, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    I have downloaded this Rule 24 from http://www.lords.org/laws-and-spirit/laws-of-cricket/laws/law-24-no-ball,50,AR.html

    11. Ball not dead The ball does not become dead on the call of No ball.

    12. Penalty for a No ball A penalty of one run shall be awarded instantly on the call of No ball. Unless the call is revoked, this penalty shall stand even if a batsman is dismissed. It shall be in addition to any other runs scored, any boundary allowance and any other penalties awarded. 13. Runs resulting from a No ball - how scored 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. By this, runs should be credited to Sehwag's score.

  • itsankush on August 17, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Now where are the SL fans who were saying that this incident was not intentional. Sanga has totally lost it. He does not know how to respect your opponents and starts getting frustrated when he starts loosing. The land of chuckers are in a deep hole. I just wish that SL tour SA or AUS soon and then they will get to know their standard (aukaat).

  • him18july on August 17, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    It shows that Randiv is a nice guy who has admitted his mistake. Now we should forgive him and close the issue. :) and I'm sure that our Sehwag would have also apologized him...

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    'Viru' is by far the very best India has ever had! Move over the Sachins, Dravids, Gavaskars!!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    What Randiv did was an absolute killing for the spirit of the game......and what more surprising is that he is in ateam which has won the sprit of cricket award 03 times may be the ICC should think about this before goving the awrd to the lankans next time

  • sriramsv81 on August 17, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Sri lanka never plays by the spirit of cricket. You can get that impression by the way they appealed in the test series. Especially the case of Ishant Sharma being given out after second thoughts by the umpire(I forgot his name) in the third test, after an appeal by Paranawithana that was so like portraing the umpire like he was an idoit to not give that out,coersing him to change his decision to out. The replays showed the ball was no were near the bat. The Sri lankans were putting the umpire under duress throughout the test series. It was almost like they were making the spirit of cricket a mockery. It is ridiculous that a team like that ever wins the spirit of cricket award. what schmucks are in the ICC to give that? Let me also tell you that India never appeals like that in their home tests. These Sri lankans are worse than Stuart Broad.

  • Navin84 on August 17, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    He apologized which meant he has admitted of deliberately overstepping the line by a HUGE margin, it's almost like a combination of 3 no-balls in one there. The other thing I don't understand is why the "no-ball" was scored as faced by Sehwag and the SIX didn't count? That ball brought his strike rate to under 100 (99). Let's create another situation: suppose Sehwag had needed 2 more runs for a hundred and the team needs 1 run to win and Sehwag hit the ball but did not reach the boundary and they run 2, would this 2nd run be allowed or not? Some answers and opinions please.

  • HLANGL on August 17, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    It has to be said, very very unethical & immature stuff on the part of Suraj Randiv. At least, being a relative youngster & one who's just making his mark on international arena, he should have been more concerned on the ethics of this game. That being said, I still believe the runs scored against the no-ball should be counted in this case as it's not a dead ball & batsman has every right to score runs off the no ball. Also until the batsman plays his stroke & complete scoring his runs for the ball, the ball is not dead. So, seems like in this case, since the 1 run requirement has been satisfied with the no ball, batsman was deprived of scoring runs from the ball, which may be contradictory to the laws of the game. A bit confusing to me, I think Shewag should have been allowed to take the 6 he made off the no-ball as "delivery" is supposed be a commited action, you may not abandon it halfway through unless it's a dead ball, so you got to accept the result for the delivery as well.

  • kamalkapoor on August 17, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Now wotsay Lankans who had been calling Sehwag and India 'crybabies' in their posts on the related story. The admission of guilt is a slap on face of jingoist Lankan fans. But I applaud the moral courage of Randiv and Sl Board for owning up. Finally the spirit of cricket prevailed.

  • akshayUNITED on August 17, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    If I were the umpire, I'd just act as if I havent seen the NO-ball & straight-away put my arms up in the air for six..

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

    Well, well, well. I hope the people who were accusing the Indian team, fans and Sehwag on Cricinfo also have the decency to apologize online for their biased and predujicial comments. But I know it's too much to hope for. We know you're frustrated with your own pathetic teams and are taking it out on India/Sehwag. I would call for Sangakkara to resign but SL have nobody else to fill the spot unless they give it back to Mahela...

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    I'm happy that SLC apologized but i do think that ICC might need to look at making an amendment in the no-ball rule, which at the moment implies that the player does not get any runs credited to him/her that they hit off a no-ball. I really don't get the point in that, why would they want that to go down as 6+nb extras? Instead, I think the 6, or however many runs they hit, should be credited to the player and only the 1nb should be registered as an extra.

  • AVSSUB on August 17, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    I am an Indian and an ardent Indian cricket fan. I feel that if Sehwag was keen (as anyone in that situation should be), the onus ws on him to get to the century mark. He should be aware that a no-ball, a bye, a wide, the ball hitting a helmet on the ground and such other events could have resulted in that single accruing to the team total. He gave room for one of those events to occur and he could not get to his century...too bad ! "SLC apologises to Sehwag" etc are entirly unnecessary. With 1 more run to lose, with Indian team having hazaar wickets and overs to get that 1 run in; why is it Sri Lankan bowlers' responsibility to keep bowing until Sehwag gets his century ! If Sehwag had taken another 5 dot balls, are SL bowlers supposed to keep bowling so that he gets to his century mark ! Come on. Sure, it would have been good display of 'sportmanship' by SL cricketers to let Sehwag get to his century - but he is not "owed" one by them. He may get an apology, but he can't 'ask' for it.

  • on August 17, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    It was a sad incident, but if a player comes and apologizes about it it should be left as it is. Being angry is very natural, but I think it is a bit overdone. When people quote Sachin was also denied a century, he did not go public about his resentment. I think it should be left as an unfortunate incident and India should concentrate on wining their next game. I still dont understand why would an apology made public on twitter.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    finally The Controversy ended...Bwt The two.And Hope That this Will Not hAPpEN IN tHE FEATURE.

  • PrasPunter on August 17, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    He he. Indians always cry when they miss out on their personal landmarks - Remember Sachin's whinging after Dada declared which left him 6 short of a double ? Infact there has really been a long history of Indians playing horribly for personal landmarks.

    1. Sunil Gavaskar insisting on continuing when the game was already dead and buried to score a century against Pak

    2. Sachin the Great Tendulkar following his mentor recently in the test against SL when the match was heading towards a draw

    3. Tales of Ravi shastri/Vengsarkar literally creeping once they reach 80.

    And these are the same big-mouthed guys who complain about everyone around for foul-play and "spirit" of the game .Grow up guys !!

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

    If SLC is looking to probe into the incident, I got a clue for them. When Sehwag was on 99, one can clearly hear (from the stump mic) Sangakkara instructing Randiv (in Sinhala...) to stop Sehwag getting a 100, at all costs!!!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    It's a real Shame for SL cuz it's not close to the Spirit of the game .what would you get by doing that ??? Criticism is the answer !!! Youare not gonna win the game by doing that so why not play with full spirit instead of making it a Personal issue . It's a gentlemens game as they say so Players should keep it clean..

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    I have been watching cricket all over the world for the past 55 years, and I have never ever witnessed a more shoddy, disgraceful, deliberate, dishonorable, unsporting act in a cricket match than the one I witnessed with horror in this match. Randiv has done tremendous harm to himself, to his his career, to SL and to the noble game of cricket by stooping so low as to deprive another cricketer a well deserved honor. His ignoble act would never have resulted in victory for SL, then why did he disgrace himself, watched by millions all over the world? No matter how well he bowls and bats on the field in the future, the stigma of an unsporting player, unfortunately, will always follow him.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    though i m n indian n a great fan of sehwag all i cn say, let us forget the incident, sehwag has the caliber to score more centuries thn sachin b'coz he plays freely n fears obody,thats why, if sehwag scores,chances of india winning the match is almost 100%, ne1 disagrees to my statement??? a century doesnt matters to him,even the great sir don shouldnot hav the guts to hit a six to get a triple century which sehwag did to get a 6 nd get into the triple centurions, a rare feat n the 1st indian, so we know wat he is, he know if he misses even then he will risked the shot the nxt timer, so lets forget mn forgive randiv

  • hollandindian on August 17, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Well you could read in my post yesterday that i really hated the lack of sportmanship but by reading this it compensated it a bit. But lets see what they do with that randi.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    SLC should first apologize from all Sri Lankan cricket fans for the mess they have created in SLC. Randiv's case may be intentional or unintentional. Did India apologize when they produced an unplayable pitch early this year. Instead they said SL chickened out cos of loosing 4-1. To give Kapil Dev his world record (at that time) Indian umpire gave Thilakarathne out when it was very clear that he was not out (see the footage to see how much time he took and the pressure from all Indian fielders). We can all remember how one of Indian umpires first started to raise his finger and then started scratching his head when Jadeja was clearly out against SL on a onedayer. Every one knows how they reacted for the loos India is going to suffer in 1996 WC SF. Did India apologize in any of those occasions? And SL didn't won ICC spirit of the game thrice. First investigate all corruptions in SLC before putting a young cricketers career in line.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    SL Cricket board should now enquire who is the master mind behind Randiv's no ball. SL is a very good cricketing unit .. and they should not lose their pride by doing such silly things.

    Dont worry sehwag .. we know what u are capable of .. dosent matter i failed to score that 1 run.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Well, Srilankan Team and Dinesh karthik were equally responsible in denying SRT a well deserved Hundred at Cuttack!

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Well, now this is gud enough. I really appreciare it.

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on August 17, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    But frankly Lankans are much better than other sides like Aussies or Poms or Pakis when it comes to decency. Now that they have apologized the matter is closed but this should not happen in future. Ofcourse its nothing against laws but more a moral issue. Hats off Viru!

  • Denisha12 on August 17, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Shocking behaviour and completely unsportsman like!

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

    This will surely release some of the Indians' anger towards Srilankans. They have done the right thing. To err is human, But to forgive is divine :) Come on guys!!

  • sharidas on August 17, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Though the incident was not in the spirit of the game, I am sure Randiv did it on the spur of the moment. Have not we all had at one time or another regretted our action after committing it in the heat of the moment ? Now that all parties involved have patched it up,its time to move on.

  • cricnivas on August 17, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Come on Suraj, i hope you have realized your mistake and will not repeat it.

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Very loose cricket from Sri lanka, they have done it twice to India, not sure how many to the other teams...........

  • gandabhai on August 17, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    SEHWAG IS A FLAT TRACK BULLY ! To use that line you have to either blind or biased

  • rovar on August 17, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Good gesture by SLC. I think they should take strict action against bowler & the one behind this incident who must have provoked him. This should not be tolerated at all. This is against the spirit of the game. At the same time we must applaud Sehvag, what a knock under difficult circumstances?

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    haha..what do the Sri Lankans who were defending Randiv and Sanga like they were innocent angels have to say now..cheers Viru !!

  • drdre2727 on August 17, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Toooo babyish i don't know why SLC apologized, if some one overstepped it s a no ball how can you prove whether it s deliberate or not.. seems like SLC want more tours from india and made this a big... incident shame on SLC

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  • drdre2727 on August 17, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Toooo babyish i don't know why SLC apologized, if some one overstepped it s a no ball how can you prove whether it s deliberate or not.. seems like SLC want more tours from india and made this a big... incident shame on SLC

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    haha..what do the Sri Lankans who were defending Randiv and Sanga like they were innocent angels have to say now..cheers Viru !!

  • rovar on August 17, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Good gesture by SLC. I think they should take strict action against bowler & the one behind this incident who must have provoked him. This should not be tolerated at all. This is against the spirit of the game. At the same time we must applaud Sehvag, what a knock under difficult circumstances?

  • gandabhai on August 17, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    SEHWAG IS A FLAT TRACK BULLY ! To use that line you have to either blind or biased

  • on August 17, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Very loose cricket from Sri lanka, they have done it twice to India, not sure how many to the other teams...........

  • cricnivas on August 17, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Come on Suraj, i hope you have realized your mistake and will not repeat it.

  • sharidas on August 17, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Though the incident was not in the spirit of the game, I am sure Randiv did it on the spur of the moment. Have not we all had at one time or another regretted our action after committing it in the heat of the moment ? Now that all parties involved have patched it up,its time to move on.

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

    This will surely release some of the Indians' anger towards Srilankans. They have done the right thing. To err is human, But to forgive is divine :) Come on guys!!

  • Denisha12 on August 17, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Shocking behaviour and completely unsportsman like!

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on August 17, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    But frankly Lankans are much better than other sides like Aussies or Poms or Pakis when it comes to decency. Now that they have apologized the matter is closed but this should not happen in future. Ofcourse its nothing against laws but more a moral issue. Hats off Viru!