Watch: Umpire warns India for intentionally confusing New Zealand batsmen
During the second and final Test match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, India hit the headlines for the wrong reason. Defending a low total of just 132, the Indian fielders intentionally tried to confuse the New Zealand batsmen by shouting ‘two’, indicating either of the batsmen to go for two runs such that Indians can smell for a run-out opportunity.
Needless to say, the on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough was quick to notice this act and immediately warned the Indian players for deliberately confusing Kiwi batsmen.
The drama unfolded on the very second ball of the fourth over when left-handed opener Tom Latham middled Umesh Yadav’s ball towards Jasprit Bumrah who was placed at the fine leg region. In fact, there was never a chance of double and also the two batsmen were not ready to take two runs. But it was then an Indian fielder came up with a tricky idea.
Just as when Latham and Blundell were about to finish the first run hard, someone from the deep region could be heard shouting ‘two’. It was an obvious attempt from the fielder to confuse the New Zealand batsman.
Tom Latham who was absolutely annoyed by this, raised a complaint to the umpire Richard Kettleborough. The umpire who witnessed the entire incident warned Indian skipper Virat Kohli to add that a fake call on the field was not acceptable as it is deemed contrary to the spirit of the gentleman’s game.
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