In an astonishing twist of fate, the 2023 World Cup bore witness to a historic moment as Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews found himself in a unique and unforeseen predicament. On the fateful day at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, Mathews etched his name into cricketing annals as the first player to incur a “timed out” dismissal during an international cricket match, setting a precedent that sent shockwaves through the cricketing world.
The incident unfolded during Sri Lanka’s World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh, an eagerly anticipated clash of titans. As Mathews geared up to face the Bangladeshi bowlers, his helmet strap inexplicably snapped, rendering his protective gear unfit for play. In an otherwise routine equipment malfunction, what transpired next was the stuff of legends.
As Mathews gingerly made his way to the middle, his helmet woes evident for all to see, Bangladesh’s star all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, seized the moment. With a sense of shrewd opportunism, Shakib appealed to the umpire on the grounds that Mathews was taking an undue amount of time to ready himself. The match officials were compelled to consider Shakib’s appeal, and in a moment that will forever be etched in cricketing history, Angelo Mathews was adjudged out under the “timed out” rule.
Once the appeal was made, and Shakib Al Hasan decided to uphold his decision, the die was cast. The umpires were left with no alternative but to uphold Shakib’s verdict, and Mathews had no choice but to leave the field.
ODI World Cup 2023: Angelo Mathews Takes Revenge On The Bangladeshi Players
The turn of events during the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh clash was not the only remarkable occurrence in that match. In the second innings, as the Bangladeshi batsmen took the crease, Angelo Mathews was not one to shy away from confrontation. He seemed to be in a combative mood, possibly still smarting from the unjust dismissal he had suffered earlier in the day.
The match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the 2023 World Cup will forever be remembered as the day Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan all-rounder, became the first player in international cricket history to be timed out. This unusual and unforeseen incident has generated considerable buzz and conversation within the cricketing community.