Raut stretched forward to block the delivery, but the ball spun away and went behind to Alyssa. The Australians didn’t appeal wholeheartedly, but Raut had walked away by then
A dejected Punam Raut walks back to the pavilion yesterday
Indian opener Smriti Mandhana said that her team respected Punam Raut’s decision of walking away despite umpire Phillip Gillespie shaking his head on Day Two of the one-off Test against Australia.
The incident took place in the 81st over when Raut, batting on 36 off 165 balls, decided to walk off after believing to have nicked left-arm Sophie Molineux to wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy.
Raut stretched forward to block the delivery, but the ball spun away and went behind to Alyssa. The Australians didn’t appeal wholeheartedly, but Raut had walked away by then.
“First we reacted, like, ‘Oh, why did she do that?’ But, then, of course, it’s [sportsmanship] something that we all respect a lot. I think she has earned a lot of respect from all the teammates that she actually walked out. And I don’t know how many people would actually do that in cricket at the moment—men’s or women’s,” said Mandhana after the day’s play.
“Nowadays, people walk off because there is DRS. But when there is no DRS and to walk off, I don’t know [how many would]. So, definitely, she has earned a lot of
respect,” she added.
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