Watch: Root’s decision to not run out Lancashire’s Steven Croft in T20 Blast sparks new controversy

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Jul 17, 7:38 PM

PC- Twitter Screengrab / ECB
PC- Twitter Screengrab / ECB

Should a batsman going down while running be run out? Especially if he swivels and moans in pain crutching his one leg and a physio is asked to come out and treat him? Your cricketing spirit would say that he must not be run out, but practicality says that he must, especially if the batting team needs 15 off 18 balls and the players batting in the middle are the last recognised batters.  

Joe Root, the England Test captain and Yorkshire CCC captain in the Vitality T20 Blast, England and Wales’ domestic 20-over competition, chose cricketing spirit over practicality as he refused to run out Lancashire’s Steven Croft when he twisted his back heel and fell down while going for a run in the 18th over. However, when the physio attended the player, then instead of going to the dressing room, as many expected, he rather decided to continue. 

It was at this moment that the Sky Sports commentators Rob Key and Mark Butcher had different viewpoints and controversy was sparked. According to Butcher, Yorkshire and Root should have run Crodft out and let the umpires decide the best course of action, but Key on the other hand resorted to the spirit of cricket and complimented Root for the path he took.

The 36-year-old Croft, who remained there batting on the crease as the ball on which this bizarre incident took place was declared dead, went on to see his team home by four wickets at the end. With this win, Lancashire qualified for the Quarterfinals of the 2021 season of the Blast. Yorkshire, who had already made it to the last eight even before this match began, would go back home once again without a win at the Old Trafford in a Roses clash eight years in a row. 

Apart from Yorkshire and Lancashire, Nottinghamshire have also qualified from the North Group of the Blast. There is still one place remaining from this group which would be decided after Worcestershire play their match against Leicestershire and Birmingham play its game against Northamptonshire. Booth these games take place on Sunday, July 18th.

  • Joe Root
  • Steven Croft
  • YKV
  • LT
  • T20 Blast 2021
  • Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

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