Cricketer-turned commenter Murali Kartik recently spoke about a run-out controversy during a county match between Surrey and Somerset in 2012. While playing for Surrey, he was involved in a controversy involving Alex Barrow. Murali gave a warning to the batter to which Barrow didn’t pay any heed. His act was not liked by the fans and the then Surrey skipper Gareth Batty.
Recalling the incident, he told R Ashwin about the experience in a YouTube show DRS with Ash.
“My wife ran away from the ground. It was that kind of a threat with the crowd booing and all. They almost entered the dressing room.”
He did the same to Bengal batsman Sandipan Das while playing for Railways in 2013. “In my case, I warned the batsman thrice. They never spoke about that. Despite the warning, they are blaming the bowler. I am ready to run out all the 11 batsmen if they step out before I deliver the ball,” said Murali Kartik.
Kartik stated that the spirit of cricket law is biased towards the batsman.
“What the bowler is doing is right and the batsman is wrong. By bringing in the spirit of cricket, they have made the bowler the villain, which is so wrong. In fact, it (2012 incident) went into the MCC, where they discussed about the rules.”