Did you know? Sourav Ganguly almost became the first ‘timed-out’ cricketer

Angelo Mathews’ controversial dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews in the World Cup against Bangladesh has grabbed a lot of headlines. Mathews was the first cricketer to suffer the dismissal in the 146-year history of international cricket. The incident also brought back memories of former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who narrowly escaped being dismissed during the third match of the South Africa Test series at Cape Town in 2007.

India had lost two quick wickets in the second innings and Ganguly had to rush to the field. The next batsman Sachin Tendulkar was not allowed to take the field due to the time he spent off the field while VVS Laxman was taking a shower. The timing rule in Tests is three minutes but South African skipper Graeme Smith did not appeal even though Ganguly had exceeded the time limit. Rahul Dravid who was batting on the other side was seen wondering why the new man was delayed in the middle.

Ganguly scored 46 runs in the second innings but India lost the match by 5 wickets. On Monday during the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka ODI World Cup match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, Angelo Mathews found himself at the receiving end of the overtime dismissal method as he failed to accept his batting position within the stipulated time , mainly due to helmet issues. MCC law requires the batter to be ready to face the next ball within 3 minutes of dismissal, but the ICC World Cup 2023 playing conditions impose a stricter time limit of two minutes. During this delay, the Bangladesh skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, made an appeal, and the on-field supervisor stood by him.

Mathews came into bat after the fall of Sadeera Samarawickrama in the 25th over but was unable to secure his helmet strap tightly enough, delaying the resumption of play.

Some former cricketers blasted the decision. Writing on X, formerly known as Twitter, former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn said: “Well, that wasn’t great”. Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir, on ‘X’, said: “What happened in Delhi today is pathetic! #AngeloMathews.”

Australian test batsman Usman Khawaja also shared his opinion about the incident. “Angelo did his belt then his helmet strap broke. How has that time passed? I’m all out if he doesn’t do his belt but this is reaaa. to face,” he wrote on social media.

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