Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Randiv apologise to Sehwag for deliberate no-ball

Sri Lanka Cricket and offspinner Suraj Randiv have both apologised to Virender Sehwag for denying him a one-day century after a deliberate no-ball from Randiv ended the match and left the India opener stranded on 99, despite him hitting the delivery for six. 

SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga called India manager Ranjib Biswal this morning to apologise. 

Sehwag revealed on Twitter that Randiv had apologised to him personally. "Hi guys. Randiv came to my room n(sic) apologize," Sehwag wrote.

Indian Manager Biswal defending SI said it was clear everything had happened in the heat of the action and now that Sri Lanka had apologised, it was time to move on. Eventhough Randiv came in for sharp criticism by former players who felt the Sri Lankan spinner's antics were "unsporting and unpardonable".

Sehwag himself was not in a good mood. After the game, Sehwag said Sri Lanka had used such tactics in the past, having left Sachin Tendulkar stranded at 96 with a similar strategy in a match in Cuttack.It was clear that the Lankan team did not want me to get to my 100.

Sri Lanka board has asked for an enquiry in to the incident. 

Though it appears that Sangakkara have asked his bowler to bowl a no ball, he lost his cool and when asked about the no ball during the presentation ceremony, his face could not reflect the astonishing feel. Sri Lanka joins the club of Australia in Cheap tactics.

On the other hand some former cricketer felt the six hit by Sehwag off the no ball should have counted.

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