ANI Photo | We need to stop making fuss about it: Hardik Pandya speaks in favour of non-striker run-outs

Sydney [Australia], October 25 (ANI): India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya opened up on the run-out rule at the non-striker’s end, which has been in the news for quite a while now.
A few weeks ago, India’s Deepti Sharma ran England batter Charlotte Dean out at the non-striker’s end in her delivery stride during a Women’s ODI at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Since then, numerous professionals and cricketers have voiced their opinions on the subject. Hardik said dismissing batters at the non-end strikers was on the rule books and that one shouldn’t worry about it being against the spirit of the game.
“We need to stop making a fuss about this running out the non-striker. It is a rule, as simple as that. To hell with the spirit of the game, if it is there, it is there,” Hardik Pandya said on the latest episode of ‘ICC Review’.

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Hardik said he wouldn’t mind bowlers running him out if he leaves the crease too soon.
“Personally, I have no problem. If I am out, if I am walking out and someone runs me out, fair enough, it’s my mistake, not the bowlers. It is using the rules to one’s advantage. Simple as that, let’s not make a big deal, that’s it,” he added.
Hardik also explained why he thinks that match-ups are “over-rated” in the shortest format of the game.
“Matchups don’t work for me, see where I bat and the situation I get into, I do not get the option of matchups. You see matchups are more for the people who are batting in Top 3 or 4. For me, it is just the situation. There have been times, when I would like to take on a bowler, but if the situation does not demand it, I do not take that risk as it is going to harm my team,” said Hardik.
In the T20 World Cup Super 12 Group B match against Pakistan, Pandya shone with both bat and ball as he first took three wickets and then contributed a pivotal 40-run knock to the team India’s four-wicket victory. (ANI)

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