Lucknow: During the World Cup 2023 match at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc opted not to dismiss Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera for leaving the non-striker’s end early.
Perera went on to form a formidable opening partnership with Pathum Nissanka, accumulating a 125-run stand, and scoring 78 runs from 82 balls.
Though ‘run out at the non-striker’s end’ is a legitimate mode of dismissal in cricket, players have often been hesitant to employ it.
According to Law 38.3, pertaining to the “Non-striker leaving his/her ground early,” the non-striker is liable to be run out if they are out of their ground from the moment the ball comes into play until the bowler would normally release the ball.
In the World Cup match, Starc offered a warning to Perera after spotting him leaving the crease early. Starc informed the umpire and also cautioned the batsman, instructing him to remain within the crease. This occurrence was noted by commentator Nasser Hussain, who described it as an “eventful first over.”
This isn’t the first time Starc has chosen not to run out a non-striker. He previously issued a warning to batter Theunis de Bruyn during a Test series against South Africa in Melbourne last December.