Punam Raut, having left, will now happily talk about it. Sophie Molineux’s swimmer in the recent Pink Ball Test against Australia bounced more than she expected and took a touch of wood around the base of the racket grip before being caught by the keeper.
The commentator was in disbelief when Punam started walking back, removed her hand from the glove and said in four different tones of surprise that he could swear to her, “Oh, she ran … did she run?” ..whoa, she ran … “
Incredible scenes 😨
Punam Raut is not given out, but the number 3 Indian leaves! #AUSvIND | @CommBank pic.twitter.com/xfAMsfC9s1
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Raut thinks back just as stunned. “I was so sure that the referee would give up. Because it was over! ”She starts. “There was definitely a noise to be heard, even though it was a faint top edge. I was so sure he was going to give up that I didn’t even look back at the first few steps. It has happened a couple of times in domestic cricket that I was given out when I wasn’t. But that has never happened to me in my life. I don’t know how the referee didn’t reveal it, ”she bursts into a still amazed laugh.
The test match was played without the Decision Review System (DRS) and the Australian players’ appeal to the referee on the field seemed to be in vain until Raut left.
“I don’t know how many people would actually go out if there wasn’t a DRS” #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/HScKAdYOkO
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“I mean, why should anyone run if they don’t nod?” She continues, trying to penetrate the resulting kerfuffle and debates about the ‘spirit of cricket’ that have followed.
“The cricket spirit has to be there, right? We hardly have a chance to play (tests), so we tend to forget why we like to play this sport, why we compete. You don’t want to cheat just to secure your place, ”she says. “You see, I could forget the spirit here, but I really believe that the same situation will come back in life when maybe I will be forgiven when I am not. I want to clarify “fair and unfair” and do things right. Besides, it’s just a sport, not a war. “
She also has sympathy for the referees, although she is still stunned that she did not see a finger raised amid the appeals from the three nearby fielders and the bowler. “It’s hard for referees, they can’t see everything and sometimes the clubs don’t run even though they know. Therefore, DRS was used for the emergency outs. But in my head, what is out is what is out, ”she explains.
Of course, Raut understands thin margins and cutthroat competition and doesn’t give in an inch. And what it owes to the team. “Of course I understood the disappointment of my teammates. Nobody likes to lose wickets. That’s why I didn’t tell them anything when some asked me if I was sure it was out, even if I was sure, “she says tenderly.
It was a good ball for the left weapon, she claims, penetrated, straightened up, and shot higher than she thought, and the bat’s face opened more than she wanted.
It wasn’t unprecedented. “I saw Sachin (Tendulkar) walking. Once Dhoni didn’t even look at the referee and went back, ”she recalls. “A wrong decision in a World Cup semi or final can cost a team dearly, so I know it’s a big moment. But what was out was out, ”she says of the over-the-top straighter.
The strike rate
It is in white ball cricket, especially at the upcoming ODI World Cup, that Raut is now focused on. There is murmur about their strike rate in limited overs cricket.
However, Raut wants to stay “practical” and keeps the biggest currency in sport, “winning a game”.
“I know that people love to see only boundaries and sixes in ODIs and T20s and not a cheeky single or double or stroke rotation. But I’m sure they love to see batter win matches as much as aggressive players do. And if the game, with caution or depending on the situation, helps the team to win and there are 50 overs, we should all consume 50 overs, ”she says.
She recalls a group match between India and Pakistan at the 2017 World Cup, in which India raced to over 160. “It was a pressure game against Pakistan because the criticism if we lose can be the next level. When we first beat, we made the mistake of playing aggressively on a field that doesn’t support this type of game. That was a lesson for me, ”she says. She got the highest score at 48, but it worried.
She no longer worries about the disagreement with the strike quota, as she is a “veteran of the comebacks” at 32 years of age. After standing in the cold for a year, Raut made a comeback before the last World Cup and continues to take inspiration from her father, who she says has never had an easy life in Mumbai.
“Whenever I tried comebacks, he would tell me straight away that he wanted to see the same drive and determination as the ‘u19 Punam’. He talked about being a fighter. He would know my exertion because I would exercise and fall asleep from exhaustion. He says that whenever you make excuses for failure, it’s bad form. If you can’t find excuses, then I know you are on the right track with your efforts, ”she says.
Raut turns 32 on Thursday and says she has another year of top quality international cricket to look forward to. Nevertheless, a certain balance has emerged in her life after marriage and after a decade and a half in top-class sport. Frequent quarantine life has shifted her focus to newer frontiers: learning the stock markets.
“Everyone has to take responsibility for their own finances and not be dependent on anyone. And I’ve learned a lot about different types of investments in the past year. I actually like quarantine days while others are bored. Because I learn a lot from YouTube videos – from cooking to investing. “
Always a reader, more than a music listener, she is currently watching Jai Shetty’s ‘Think Like a Monk’. “But most of all, I keep going back to Viv Richards’ videos. I really like his punches and I try to play some of them consciously – the one from the rear foot over the ceiling. His videos are exhilarating and I never get bored, ”she says.