During the 26th over of the first innings during the first ODI between India and West Indies at Chennai, play was temporarily halted when a playful canine visitor decided to stretch its legs and go out for a stroll, while deftly evading those trying to catch a hold of him.
The dog ran out to the middle of the pitch, and then, nonplussed by the activity around him, decided to take the nearest exit next to the sight screen and went out of sight, much to the amusement of Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer who were batting at the time.
#IndiavsWestIndies In comical scenes, a stray #dog has brought the first ODI between India and West Indies to a standstill after a mad dash onto the pitch after 26th over. #indvswestind #IndvsWI pic.twitter.com/zhr3MYl7V2— Kamal Joshi (@KamalJoshi108) December 15, 2019
This is not the first instance of a dog interrupting play on a cricket field, but it’s quite amusing whenever it happens nonetheless.
India had lost three wickets at the time the interruption took place, with Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli all back in the pavilion. Sheldon Cottrell was the wrecker in chief, picking up the wickets of Rahul and Kohli while Alzarri Joseph had earlier dismissed Rohit Sharma for 36.
India had earlier won the three match T20I series against West Indies 2-1.