The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League has been full of controversies so far. Interestingly, most of those have been in games involving Kings XI Punjab. The latest one also happened in KXIP’s game. For a change, it was the opposition player that gave rise to it and none from the Punjab franchise.
How Kagiso Rabada gave rise to another controversy
It was during the last over of the innings when Punjab was batting against Delhi Capitals in Mohali. Kagiso Rabada was bowling the over and Mohammed Shami was lining up to face the 4th ball of the over. The DC pacer delivered a short ball that hit Shami on the shoulder.
Mandeep Singh, the set batsman was at the non-striker’s end. He wanted to take strike for the remaining 2 balls of the innings. So, he was off the blocks quickly and ran towards the striker’s end. However, Shami didn’t respond and wasn’t willing to run. Meanwhile, Rabada picked up the ball and strolled to remove the bails at the non-striker’s end.
Mandeep made sure he crossed Shami so that he would remain on strike and Shami would be run out. Rabada had the easiest of the opportunities to inflict a run out as the batsman was not even making an attempt to make his crease.
However, the way Rabada removed the bails sparked another debate. The South African pacer had the ball in his right hand with which he removed the bail. But he lifted the bail himself using his left hand and the ball was in contact with the bail. Soon after, he placed the bail back on the stumps.
The on-field umpires weren’t sure of the legality of the dismissal. Hence they referred it to the third umpire. After analyzing the replay, Shami was given out. It was a rare sight on the field of cricket and perhaps, never seen before.