Sun Stops Play During India's 1st ODI Against Kiwis and Cricket Fans are Rubbing Their Eyes
The play was held up as India were chasing at 44/1 when the opener Dhawan complained that he wasn't able to spot the ball delivered by New Zealander Lockie Ferguson.
Image credits: @chetanprinja / Twitter
For decades, rain has played a spoilsport for the game of cricket, even washing out matches in several instances. But things took a turn for the strange on Wednesday when India met New Zealand for the 1st ODI in McLean Park at Napier.
Because, believe it or not, it was not the rain but the sun that halted the game for a brief period because the flare from the setting fireball blinded the sight of Indian batsmen.
You read that right.
The play was held up as India were chasing at 44/1 when opener Dhawan complained that he wasn't able to spot the ball delivered by New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson.
But why hasn't the sun blocked a player's vision before?
Many on Twitter noted that normally the cricket pitches are positioned in a North-South direction to avoid such interference from the sun. However, the pitch at the McLean Park is facing the East-West direction.
That is a first for me. Game called off because the setting sun is in the batsman's eyes! Surely pitches have to be laid north-south!!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 23, 2019
Cricket - where every dam thing can stop play. Sun, rain, cats, dogs, everything.— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 23, 2019
there's a sun break, of sorts, out of safety for those batting from the one end pic.twitter.com/BXnH4ckaNM— david (@dsportsandbrems) January 23, 2019
Now even Sun is outraging— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) January 23, 2019
Sun Stops Play 🌞☀️😂😂 pic.twitter.com/gIljLdkRdo— 🐯No 7🐯 (@Gods_Rulee) January 23, 2019
an on-field interview with the umpires after the decision to suspend play until the sun descends a bit more pic.twitter.com/UScSaeBuAC— david (@dsportsandbrems) January 23, 2019
Sun stops play! Now I’ve seen everything 😇— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 23, 2019
A quick break since the setting sun is hampering vision. Live action to resume shortly #NZvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019
Meanwhile, the sun is shining brightly on the Indians as the visitors need 112 runs in 39 overs.
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