Recently, India women’s all-rounder Deepti Sharma mankading Charlie Dean became a heated talking point. A lot of English cricketers slammed Sharma for her method of dismissing her opposition batter. On the other hand, the India all-rounder got a lot of support from different countries. Meanwhile, India men’s bowling all-rounder Deepak Chahar might have been a subject of criticism on the garb of ‘Spirit of the Game’.
During the third T20I between India and South Africa on October 4, he decided not to Mankad. Instead, he decided to warn the player. The incident happened at the start of the 16th over. Tristan Stubbs, who was at the non-striker end, had a head start. On the other hand, Chahar decided not to ball and imitated Mankad. Stubbs stopped and headed back to the crease in a hurry. The video has gone viral.
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The ever smiling and dashing Deepak Chahar maintains the rule, law, spirit, fairness, glory and beauty of cricket!
— Narasimha R N (@NarasimhaRN5) October 4, 2022
Talking about the game, the Men In Blue won the toss and elected to bowl first. After the first four overs, the decision seemed right as they conceded only 30 runs and took the wicket of opposition skipper Temba Bavuma. However, what followed was absolute carnage. Quinton de Kock scored 68 off 43 balls including six fours and four sixes. Rilee Rossouw, who came out to bat after the fall of Bavuma, played at a different level.
He scored an unbeaten 100 off 48 balls including seven fours and eight sixes. The previous match’s centurion, David Miller played a cameo of 19 runs in five balls including three sixes. The Proteas amassed a competitive total of 227/3. In reply, India lost the early wickets of skipper Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer inside the first two overs. Rishabh Pant (27), who opened the innings, got a great start but could convert it into a big score. The same was the case with Dinesh Karthik (46) who couldn’t play a match-winning inning. Chahar played a knock of 31 runs in just 17 balls which decreased the margin of loss for the team, India lost the game by 49 runs.