Although there are several rules and dynamics governing the sport of cricket, there still remain a lot of “grey areas”- a term which has been in limelight recently. And now yet another incident along similar lines has unfolded during the Indian Premier League match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals.
While the Virat Kohli-led side opted to bowl first and the RR openers were looking good, it was a gesture from their RCB wicketkeeper which did not go down too well with the commentators on air. Notably, after the last ball of the third over of the Rajasthan innings which was bowled by Glenn Maxwell, the batter had played the shot straight to the fielder at the point who threw it back to the keeper.
Although there was no attempt of a run being taken by Yashasvi Jaiswal, Bharat almost wait for the left-handed opener to lift his foot before dislodging the bails. However, RCB did not appeal for it.
Sharing his views on the same, commentator Sunil Gavaskar on Star Sports said that there was no attempt to take a run and there was no need for that gesture from the Bangalore keeper. However, Kevin Pietersen, who was also in the English commentary panel observed that he could well be practicing his moves, to which former wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta added that the gesture won’t go down too well with the Fair Play Award ratings where Bangalore are already in the seventh position out of the eight teams.
Check out the video of the incident here:
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Talking about the match, the Rajasthan openers have already got the team off to a great start by the time of writing this report. The duo of Evin Lewis and Jaiswal added 56 runs inside the powerplay overs and made sure that the team loses no wicket. Although captain Virat Kohli had said at the toss that he wanted to make use of the period where the wicket has something to offer for the bowlers initially in the first innings, the RR openers destroyed all such plans of the opponent captain.
Both the sides have made a change each to their sides. While Kartik Tyagi has returned for the Men in Pink, George Garton made his IPL debut donning the Bangalore colours.