Australian opener Matthew Renshaw helped himself off the field after he suffered a stomach bug during the first session of the Pune Test and his side’s former skipper Allan Border is surely not happy with that.
Speaking to Fox Sports, Border said Renshaw must be half dead on the table if he opted to walk and further claimed the time of his departure was all but immature. He said Renshaw waited for David Warner to get out and then decided to walk and had he stayed at the crease, the rookie wouldn’t have thought of walking off.
Border added he didn’t like his call at all and had Shaun Marsh got out well within the fifteen minutes of his arrival, he and the captain would have gone mad. Explaining his displeasure in watching such an occurring on a field, Border said he has witnessed something sought of that before and he doesn’t expect such a happening to take place again.
He said, ‘What happened in the ensuing time there, I can’t ever think of a situation like that that’s happened before where someone’s gone off because they’re a bit ill.’
“If David Warner hadn’t got out then he wouldn’t have even thought about it. It’s a bit of an odd situation. He probably thought he had time to race off the ground and get back on while the new batsman was coming out to the crease. I can tell you what, if Shaun Marsh was dismissed in those last 15 minutes I would’ve been ropeable as captain.”
Not only him, ex-Aussie captain Michael Clarke was left stunned too while watching him rush to the hut. Commentating for StarSports, Clarke said Renshaw must have been in a terrible condition to leave the game midway. He said he couldn’t believe he is seeing and that captain Steven Smith must have left shell shock also, knowing what’s going on there and what he has got to do in that.
“What is going on here? He’s retiring ill. There’s only 15 minutes to lunch. I can’t believe Renshaw’s retiring. He must be extremely sick with a stomach bug and has to go to the bathroom. This is unbelievable for Australia. Steve Smith didn’t know what was going on. He walked onto the field after the dismissal of David Warner and his partner walked straight past him.”
Renshaw later returned to bat and showed big heart to play the lofty strokes and helped him get his maiden fifty in sub-continent. He scored a total of 68 runs before falling in the spin web of Ravichandran Ashwin. Australia on day one made 25 for nine and Renshaw and Mitchell Starc happen to be towed half-centurions from the side.