With Charlie Dean’s run out at non-strikers' end recently, the debate around the spirit of cricket has become a hot topic for a while. England Test captain Ben Stokes, too, has joined the party, posting a series of noisy replies to Harsha Bhogle’s views around the run-outs at the non-strikers’ end.
A Charlie Dean run-out at non-strikers’ end, done by Deepti Sharma during the third ODI between India Women and England Women that took place at the iconic Lord’s, gave birth to debate around the ‘spirit of cricket’ recently. Some former cricketers got involved in the debate voicing their opinion in favour of bowlers dismissing non-strikers with a run-out during follow-through while a few have done exactly the opposite.
Renowned India’s cricketing voice Harsha Bhogle on Friday posted a series of tweets sharing his perspective around the whole issue and backed Deepti Sharma by saying she dismissed the batter within the rules of the game and the criticism of her actions must stop. Bhogle also pointed out that it is a cultural thing and everyone should come out of the mindset that the things considered wrong by them must be considered wrong by the rest of the world as well.
To this, Ben Stokes responded with a series of replies questioning Bhogle over mixing culture with people’s opinions. The current England Test skipper also shared his own example when he was brutally trolled for getting four lucky runs in the 2019 World Cup final, which England won by a whisker. Then Bhogle handled the situation calmly by telling Stokes that it is not his fault for thinking like that, and he will happily discuss face-to-face with him regarding the matter in the future.
Twiterratis took note of the incident quickly and unsurprisingly, there have been a lot of reactions around their open conversation.
Makad/ run out discussion going on between Harsha Bhogle and Ben Stokes ( Indian fans and England Fans). Meanwhile a certain fan base: pic.twitter.com/SQDEof010I— Avinash (@imavinashvk) October 1, 2022
It's run out not 'Mankad'
Muffa ratioed England's test captain Ben stokes pic.twitter.com/u01nSzGZdH— सक्षम (@18kingVk) October 1, 2022
Pakistanis under the comment section of Ben Stokes pic.twitter.com/MCRwURW4xR— Nikku (@BobbyRatStan) October 1, 2022
4 sixes in a row
Ben stokes without hockey pic.twitter.com/sWjHhZpVSQ— 𝐒𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐬𝐌𝐒𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧™ (@itzShreyas07) October 1, 2022
Ben Stokes is comparing faceless trolls to Harsha Bhogle pic.twitter.com/8UIvv5Rbrd— illuminati (@illuminati_bck) October 1, 2022
Bring John Cena
Harsha Bhogle vs Ben stokes pic.twitter.com/i8yQM0Njbv— zayn (@ZaynMahmood5) October 1, 2022
That's the culture
The Culture that Ben Stokes is trying to say pic.twitter.com/JvkMUk8uSo— Maulik Vadariya (@MaulikVadariya) October 1, 2022
Blessing your TL with this Ben Stokes classic 🙏 pic.twitter.com/po5Gc6O2fU— Vikram 🏏⚽ (@shortarmpull) October 1, 2022
That will be epic
I hope someone runs Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler out from the non-strikers end in the knockouts of the upcoming world cup.— Rayhaan (@Cricket_Savant) October 1, 2022