'There wasn’t any compassion there at all' - James Anderson claims India lacked compassion after Charlie Dean run out

James Anderson has slammed India for not showing compassion towards Charlie Dean after her run out at Lord's.

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James Anderson of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
James Anderson of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The Deepti Sharma and Charlie Dean run out saga just doesn't seem to come to an end. The incident that sealed the third and final ODI between hosts England and visitors India in the latter's favour on September 24, 2022 sparked a gripping debate in cricketing circles and saw some of the game's most renowned names jump straight into it.

While some called India's Deepti Sharma out for her lack of spirit, others applauded her for abiding by the laws of the game. Among the ones who raised eyebrows at Deepti's action was England pacer James Anderson. England's star seamer had taken to Twitter to express his opinion on the matter and said, “will never understand why players feel the need to do this.”

The 40-year-old had accused Deepti of heading into her delivery stride without the intention of delivering the ball. Anderson had more to add to the controversy and recently spoke on the Tailenders podcast regarding the same.

“Within 30 seconds of thinking about it (the mode of dismissal), I was fuming. It infuriates me because I’ve been brought up in teams where we wouldn’t even consider doing something like that. And yes, it’s in the laws of the game, and they’ve changed it and it’s a run-out now. But whether it is Burnley under-11s or an England team… No. I hope people are just going to stay in their crease now. Just don’t give people the option to do it.”

India lacked compassion after Charlie Dean run out: James Anderson

Anderson also mentioned that he felt India, led by their captain Harmanpreet Kaur were not compassionate towards Dean as the latter looked inconsolable after the incident.

“This comes under it (Spirit of Cricket). I really didn’t like Charlie Dean in tears at the end, – it was a tense situation and she was dealing with it amazingly and this thing happens – and she would have felt anger. She was in tears, and the handshake from the Indian team at the end – there wasn’t any compassion there at all, they didn’t even look her in the eye. (When asked if the Indians felt guilt) Don’t do it then. They had the option, the captain had the option of saying no. [But] The captain was happy with it.”

The Deepti-Dean episode has already seen a lot of verbal duels on the microblogging site Twitter and Anderson's bold stance on the matter might ignite a new one.

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