28 January, 2021

Catcher And The Lie

Play as much by the book as you will, there is enough in MCC rules to queer cricket’s pitch

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Catcher And The Lie
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The Edges Of Law

As the Sehwag-Suraj Randiv episode showed, the laws of the game can sometimes make cricket look silly. Here are some bewildering possibilities:

  • Scenario I One ball left, two runs to win. A batsman on 96 hits the ball towards the boundary, completes two runs running. The ball subsequently crosses the boundary, but he doesn't get a four—because the match was over as soon as he completed two runs. If he had not run, he would have got four runs and reached his 100.
  • Scenario II One run is required off the last ball. It's a no-ball. In the excitement, the batsman doesn't see the signal, runs, and fails to safely reach the crease. As the match is over with the no-ball, he'd be not out. By the same token, if he hits a six or four (like Sehwag did), he doesn’t get those runs.
  • Scenario III Two runs are required off the last ball. It's a no-ball, the batsmen try for a
    single and one of them is out. In this case, he's out....
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