During the one-off pink ball test between INDW and AUSW, Indian batter Punam Raut has shown a remarkable piece of honesty on Day 2 of the test.
The visitors have put up 217/3 after being put to bat by the Australian team. Smriti Mandhana showed a brilliant display with the bat by scoring 127 off 216 deliveries which included 22 fours and a six. India’s No.3 Punam Raut came on to bat after Sophie Molineux dismissed Shafali Verma for 31(64).
However, the 31-year-old walked off the field by herself after edging a delivery from Australian left arm spinner Sophie Molineux. Molineux’s delivery turned sharply as it bounced and the ball landed into Alyssa Healy’s gloves.
Healy went for a big appeal but the Molineux and the first slip fielder Meg Lanning were not much sure about it. Umpire Phillip Gillespie shook his head and replied ‘NOT OUT’.
But Punam Raut strangely walked out of the pitch all the way towards the pavilion. With no review system in place, on-field Umpire’s decision of ‘NOT OUT’ would have stayed if Punam Raut would not have walked out.
WATCH the dismissal below:
The decision was more remarkable considering the fact how few opportunities women cricketers get to play in test cricket. This was Punam’s fourth test match in her 12 year long international career. This level of honesty in international cricket is very rare to see. Adam Gilchrist was one cricketer who once walked away after knowing that he had edged Aravinda De Silva’s delivery during the World Cup Semi-final in 2003.
Punam Raut fought well for her 36-run innings off 165 deliveries before walking away.