India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur backed Deepti Sharma's run out of Charlie Dean at the non-striker's end during her delivery stride at Lord's on Saturday, calling it a "part of the game".
With 17 runs to win, the 10th wicket partnership on 35 and Charlie Dean edging closer to a fantastic half-century, drama unfolded at Lord's with Deepti running Dean out at the non-striker's end in her delivery stride.
The dismissal, which is in the 'Unfair Play' section of the laws is set to be moved to the 'Run Out' section in the updated ICC Playing Conditions that come into effect from October 1.
Asked about the dismissal at the post-match presentation ceremony, Harmanpreet played down the unwanted noise around it, stating that Deepti "hasn't done something outside the rules".
"To be honest, I thought you will ask about all the 10 wickets which was not easy to take as well (when asked about the dismissal).
"It's part of the game I don't think we have done something new. It shows your awareness, what batters are doing. I will back my players, she hasn't done something outside the rules. At the end of the day a win is a win and we will take that."
The wicket gave India a 16-run victory with Dean nearly taking the game out of their hands with her knock of 47 that helped England recover from a precarious 65/7 in the run chase.
Hailing Jhulan Goswami, who was playing her final international game, Harmanpreet referred to the senior pacer as her "go-to person".
"When I debuted she was a leader, before the game I told her when I was going through the best time people supported me but when I was in a rough time she was the one who supported me," the India captain added.
"I wanted to thank her and tell her she is always with us. She is a go-to person, I always called her at low times and she was someone always guiding me."
India completed a 3-0 rout in the series to make it six wins from six matches in the ICC Women's Championship 2022-2025.
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