Dambulla: India’s leading opener Virender Sehwag said that the hosts Sri Lanka and the bowler in question, Randiv had apologized to him. He wrote on his Twitter page that spinner Suraj Randiv and the Sri Lnakan Cricket Board had expressed regret for the unsporting actions that resulted in his missing a century in India’s second ODI of the Tri-series.
“Hi guys, Randiv came to my room n apologized,” Sehwag wrote on Tuesday, referring to the incident last night when he was denied another ODI century by the Sri Lankans as Randiv bowled a deliberate no ball when India were a run away from victory and Sehwag was batting at an unbeaten 99 runs.
Not the one to mince words, Sehwag had yesterday lashed out at Randiv for deliberately bowling a no-ball and depriving him of a well deserved century and said such behaviour was unacceptable.
"If there is a player on 99, it does not mean that you bowl a no-ball and give away four byes. That has no place in good cricket," Sehwag said at the post-match press conference.
Sehwag said he was sure the no-ball was bowled to deny him the century.
"Why should I look at the video, it was done deliberately. Randiv has not bowled no-balls in one-dayers also. When I was in 99 why was a no-ball bowled. It was not a small margin no-ball but one foot long. I don`t know whether the captain was consulted or someone else was consulted," he said.
Sehwag said the Lankans have done this to Sachin Tendulkar also in the past.
"Sri Lankans did it with Sachin (Tendulkar) also when he was on 99 in the Cuttack match. That happens in cricket. Bowlers try to do that when batsmen are on 99."