‘Stuck’spikeled to Mithali’s run-out

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Mum­bai, In­dia – Skip­per Mithali Raj's run-out dur­ing In­dia's loss in the Women's World Cup fi­nal to Eng­land on Sun­day was among the many mo­ments that were touted as turn­ing points in the match.

The man­ner of her dis­missal, though, gained at­ten­tion in par­tic­u­lar. Mithali had sprinted most of the way while try­ing to steal a sin­gle, but slowed down in the fi­nal quar­ter of the pitch. She barely grounded her bat as wick­et­keeper Sarah Tay­lor whipped the bails off.

The on-air com­men­ta­tors had spec­u­lated that she might not have wanted the run in the first place - that she was caught in two minds, and the con­se­quent "giv­ing up" was a sign of ex­as­per­a­tion.

How­ever, in an in­ter­view with an In­dian news­pa­per on Wed­nes­day, Mithali clar­i­fied that she lost mo­men­tum be­cause of a spike get­ting stuck in the pitch. "I saw some weird stuff writ­ten about my run-out on so­cial me­dia," Mithali told the news­pa­per.

"Ac­tu­ally, what hap­pened was my spike got stuck on the pitch. Pu­nam [Raut] called me for a run and I re­sponded. Be­fore I reached the half way, this thing [spike get­ting stuck] hap­pened, and I don't think the TV cam­eras cap­tured it. I couldn't push my­self hard and couldn't even make an ef­fort to dive. I was help­less. I was gut­ted."

Shikhar Dhawan (left) and Chetesh­war Pu­jara

Mithali Raj

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