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The spirit of the game again came into focus as cricket experts were livid at Dwayne Bravo backing up too far in the final over of CSK innings in their match against Rajasthan Royals.
Footage of a no-ball by Mustafizur Rahman showed that the batsman, Dwayne Bravo was several yards ahead of his crease with Mustafizur was in his bowling stride. This led to many experts showing their dissent.
Venkatesh Prasad, a former Indian fast bowler, was livid with that footage. He tweeted, tagging @ICC, that bowlers are penalised for a few inches but the batsman backing up so far ahead, go scot-free.
“The bowler overstepping by a few inches is penalised, but a batsman backing up a few yards isn’t. The bowler has every right to run out a batsman backing up so far. PERIOD. Calling it against the spirit of the game is a joke @ICC,” Prasad tweeted.
Simon Doull , a former New Zealand international , who was in the broadcasting team also agreed with Prasad’s sentiments . He said that Bravo deserved to be run out on that delivery yet the bowler gets penalised for minimally crossing the line.
Even the Indian voice of cricket Harsha Bhogle spoke of the batsman getting away by taking undue advantage and the spirit of cricket here should come into question.