IND vs SL: “India will have to decide on a policy regarding the run-out on the non-striker’s end” – Aakash Chopra after Rohit Sharma calls back Dasun Shanaka


Former batsman Aakash Chopra thinks the Indian team should decide whether to attempt such run-outs as they did in the case of Dasun Shanaka in the First ODI against Sri Lanka in Guhawati.

The incident occurred in the last over of the game. When Mohammed Shami went in to bowl the final of the match, he broke the stumps on the non-striker’s end before releasing the ball. Dasun Shanaka was currently hitting 98 and Sri Lanka needed 83 from three balls.

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Rohit Sharma and Dasun Shanaka Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Decision cannot be situation or individual specific: Aakash Chopra

The cricketer turned commentator felt that the Indian team should set a policy regarding the run-out at the end of the non-striker as the decision cannot be a situation or person specific decision. He suggested that if the team wants to withdraw the appeal, why don’t we just make a policy that we don’t object to. Chopra said:

“I think India will have to decide on a policy regarding the run-out at the end of the non-striker. Either you do or you don’t. The decision cannot be ‘situation specific’ or individual specific. If you’re going to withdraw, make a policy that we don’t. My 2 cents.”

Dasun Shanaka called back by Indian skipper Rohit Sharma

Dasun Shanaka would have been out had Rohit not withdrawn Shami’s appeal, but instead the Sri Lankan skipper was allowed to continue with his innings, eventually reaching a score of 108 not off 88 balls. After Virat Kohli’s 113 from 87 balls, his 45th ODI century, helped the hosts reach 373 for 7 in 50 overs, India won the match by 67 runs.

After the match, Rohit said he had no idea Shami had done that. The Indian skipper felt that it was not right to dismiss such a batter who hits 98 and had done so well to achieve that goal.

Rohit Sharma-Dasun Shanaka
Rohit Sharma and Dasun Shanaka Photo Credit: (PTI)

“I had no idea Shami had done that,” Rohit told Star Sports after the game. “When he appealed… Again, him [Shanaka] hits 98. The way he hit was brilliant. We have to give it to him. We can’t get him out like this. We wanted to get him out the way we thought we were going to get him out. But that wasn’t something we thought about. But again, hats off to him, he played really well.

After winning the T20I series 2-1, India has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. The teams now travel to Kolkata for the second ODI at Eden Gardens on January 12.

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