An historic milestone for international cricket has occurred when the well-known all-rounder from Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews, became the first player ever to be dismissed ‘timed out.’ This extraordinary event occurred during a World Cup match in Delhi, bringing a new level of excitement to the long-standing rivalry between the men’s cricket teams of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The stunning turn of events throughout the match was Mathews’ dismissal. Moments before, he had gone to the pitch when the umpires gave him the order to leave. Mathews, unable to fathom the circumstances, hurled his helmet in disdain, frustration, and disappointment washing over him.
The Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib al-Hasan was instrumental in this momentous occasion. He had previously removed Sadeera Samarawickrama, which placed the Sri Lankan squad under a great deal of strain. The big surprise, however, came when Bangladesh requested that Mathews be given a time limit. Mathews’ helmet strap broke and needed to be replaced, which delayed his preparation for the impending birth. This led him to make this choice.
Soon after, Mathews’ annoyance escalated into a furious dispute with Shakib, the captain of the other side. The argument that broke out on the pitch was evidence of international cricket’s spirit of competition. But it was cut short when Mathews was given the marching orders by the umpires.
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rules governing play said that a new batter must “be ready to receive the ball… within 2 minutes of the (previous) dismissal.” This rule applied to the event. The batter who enters will be out if this condition is not fulfilled.” The purpose of this regulation is to keep the game moving at a fair pace and to protect both sides’ interests.
The fact that Mathews was dismissed after being “timed out” is an example of how even seemingly little things may have a big influence on how an international cricket match turns out. Dramatic moments are often in the cricket game, and this one will surely go down in history.
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