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T20 World Cup – PAK Vs IND: The Controversy of No Ball and 3 Runs on Free-Hit Explained

Oct 24, 2022
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PAK Vs IND: The Controversy

In the principal example, which happened on the third chunk of the twentieth over, Mohammad Nawaz’s full throw was smacked for a six by Virat Kohli. To compound an already painful situation, the ball was considered a midriff level no-ball, despite the fact that television replays showed that it was a 50-50 call and Kohli was likewise well external his wrinkle, in spite of the fact that his following leg was still on the line.

That was discussion number one and saw Babar Azam and Co approach the umpire for clearness.

To aggravate some old animosities, the resultant free hit — which followed a wide ball — saw Kohli get bowled out yet in a similar grouping the ball dashed towards the third man, permitting the Indian players to take three runs.

That was contention number two as the discussion presently was: should the ball not have been proclaimed dead after Kohli was bowled out?

What in all actuality do cricket rules say?

Provision 21.19.2 of the ICC playing conditions for the World Cup states: “For any free hit, the striker can be excused exclusively in light of the current situation that applies for a No ball, regardless of whether the conveyance for the free hit is called Wide.”

The no-ball conditions under which a player can be out are hitting the ball two times, blocking the field, or running out.

Since Kohli was bowled out rather than run out, or obstacle or raising a ruckus around town two times (the threesome canvassed in the standard book), he was not out. What’s more, since he was not out, it was anything but a dead ball. Accordingly, in fact, the runs were lawful.


Concerning other contention, condition 41.7.1 of the standard book says:

“Any conveyance, which passes or would have passed, without pitching, above abdomen level of the striker standing upstanding at the popping wrinkle, is to be considered to be uncalled for, whether incurring actual injury for the striker is possible. In the event that the bowler bowls such a conveyance the umpire will quickly call and sign No ball.”

The standard here seems, by all accounts, to be fairly obscure and can be deciphered one way or the other. On the off chance that “at the popping wrinkle” integrates a batsman remaining on the line, Kohli was protected and the umpire settled on the ideal decision. Plus, in the event that a no ball was attached to the foot of the batsman being “inside” the wrinkle rather than just “on” or “at” it, the standard book would have expressed so.

Be that as it may, on the off chance that a player being on the line works the same way as it does in stumpings and run-outs — where the line broadly has a place with the umpire and not the player — it shouldn’t have been a no-ball and there shouldn’t have been free hit.

Curiously, a BBC piece guarantees that a midriff high full throw is reasonable from a more slow bowler, as long as it doesn’t go over the batsman’s shoulder. Dawn.com couldn’t track down similar on the sites of ICC, the game’s administering body, and MCC, the gatekeeper of the game’s laws. Upon additional testing, it was found that the law had been changed in 2017 and the BBC piece was obsolete.

PAK Vs IND was a great match to watch as a cricket fan but the controversy surrounding the match made it more famous as Pak Vs Ind is the greatest and most wretched rivalry in the Cricket world.

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