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India Women’s batter Punam Raut sparked a fresh debate of ‘Spirit of Cricket’ as she decided to walk off the pitch after being adjourned not-out by the umpire during Day 2 of the one-off pink-ball Test between the Australian Women and Indian Women. In the 81st over of India’s first innings, Raut faced a beautiful delivery by Australian spinner Sophie Molineux in the fourth ball of her over, which lured Raut to play a defensive stroke outside the off-stump. The ball spun on pitching and brushed off the edge of the batter, and was caught by the wicket-keeper. However, Australians went up with a half-hearted appeal as Punam Raut walked off, despite being given not-out by the umpire.
Australia had the option to take their second new ball in the 81st over of the innings. However, they decided to go ahead with the old ball and were immediately rewarded with a wicket. Raut’s wicket fell at a crucial point for India, with the second new ball available, just ahead of the Dinner break on Day 2. The ‘Spirit of Cricket’ debate saw a fresh spark following Raut’s dismissal, where on the one hand, netizens hailed her for her display of sportsmanship; on the other hand, people also were critical of the 31-year-old cricketer for deciding to walk off at a crucial period for India.
A Twitter user mentioned Punam Raut, for displaying why India is ahead of all other nations when it comes to the ‘Spirit of Cricket’. Another user hailed Raut for the act, even though her decision to walk off would be divisive. She added that when you are a walker, you tend to walk all the time, and not only when it is easy. In the conclusion of her tweet, the user added that walking off won’t be making people happy but the batter would definitely sleep easy, having stuck to her values.
Hats off Punam Raut— Aryan Kumar Singh (@too_much_aryan) October 1, 2021
You showed again that India is way ahead in this 'Spirit of Game' thing than any other nation... pic.twitter.com/IE3diw8AQ2
Kudos to Punam Raut. Will be divisive no doubt. But if you are a walker, you walk all the time. Not just when it’s easy or when you think there’s no chance you can get away with it. Won’t make everyone happy but Raut should sleep easy after sticking to what she values. #AUSvIND https://t.co/jxGgkwdV07— Frances Mackay (@FrankieMac71) October 1, 2021
Another user reacted by saying that, if put in the same situation, the user would never walk as there was no DRS available for Australia, citing the umpire’s decision as word of the law. The user further added that sometimes’s decisions go in favour of batters and there is nothing illegal there. However, the user also mentioned that Raut is not at fault for waling as it was her own decision to make.
I personally would never walk. There is no DRS so the umpire's word is the law and it sometimes goes in the way of the batters , nothing illegal there. At the same time can't fault Punam Raut for walking , that's her decision completely.— ✨ (@FourOverthrows) October 1, 2021
A well set batter, new ball about to be taken, possibly having to bat under lights... not sure Punam Raut should be walking, for her team's cause. But hey, to each their own. #AUSvIND— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) October 1, 2021