Deepti Sharma has been the most controversial name in the World cricket. After the run out scene of Charlotte Dean, a lot of experts and fans came for and against Deepti. Harsha Bhogle, however tweeted something strong, that triggered England’s test captain Ben Stokes.
Deepti running out Dean has gave birth to a lot of views regarding ethics. Few suggested modifications as well. However criticisms are what Deepti has been receiving from English media and players.
On Friday, Harsha twitted a series, expressing his anguish on the English media. He is frustrated to see their attitude portraying Deepti looking as a villain.
“I find it very disturbing that a very large section of the media in England is asking questions of a girl who played by the laws of the game & none at all of another who was gaining an illegal advantage and was a habitual offender. That includes reasonable people & I think it is a cultural thing. The English thought it was wrong to do so & because they ruled over a large part of the cricket world, they told everyone it was wrong.”
“The colonial domination was so powerful that few questioned it. As a result, the mindset still is that what England considers wrong should be considered wrong by the rest of the cricket world, much like the ‘line’ the Aussies say you must not cross having decided what the line should be which is fine in their culture but may not be for others. The rest of the world is no longer obligated to think the way England does and so we see what is so plainly wrong.
The easiest thing is to play by the laws of the game: Harsha Bhogle
Harsha went on saying,
“So too the notions that turning tracks are bad but seaming tracks are fine. The reason I say it is cultural is that it is what they are brought up to think. They don’t think it is wrong. The problem arises and we are guilty of it too, when people sit in judgement of each other’s approach. England wants the rest of the world not to like running out batters at the non-striker’s end and have been vitriolic and abusive towards Deepti and others who have done it.
Harsha moreover added,
“If you obey that, the game will move along smoothly. If you point fingers at others, like many in England have at Deepti, you remain open to questions asked of you. It is best if those in power, or who were in power. Stop believing that the world must move at their bidding. As in society, where judges implement the law of the land, so too in cricket. But I remain disturbed by the vitriol directed towards Deepti. She played by the laws of the game and criticism of what she did must stop.”
Stokes asked if Culture has any role to play in Mankad
Stokes however got a reply witty reply for Harsha Bhogle. He tweeted.
“Harsha bringing culture into peoples opinion over a Mankad?”
He moreover expressed about his agony on the Indian fans’ messages regarding the 2019 World Cup incident. The World Cup 2019 final witnessed four overthrows that came as a deflection form incident Stokes’ bat.
“Harsha .. 2019 WC final was over 2 years ago, I still till this day revive countless messages calling me all sorts from Indian fans, does this disturb you?”
Stokes also tweeted
“England isn’t the only cricket playing nation who have spoken about the ruling .”
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