ENG v IND 2018: 1st Test – Ben Stokes' dismissal by R Ashwin courts controversy

Ben Stokes was dismissed caught and bowled by R Ashwin.

Ashwin completes an easy catch of Ben Stokes as non-striker Sam Curran makes way for him | ScreengrabR Ashwin shined for India with the ball on Day one of the first Test between England and India at Birmingham. Ashwin picked up four wickets on day 1, to send England into a freefall of wickets after a decent start.

However, the day was marred by controversy over the dismissal of all-rounder Ben Stokes at the hands of R Ashwin. Ashwin had Stokes caught and bowled off a long hop. Stokes hit the ball towards the leg side in direction of the bowler, who graciously accepted the catch.

However, former Australia player Marcus North pointed out that the non-striker Sam Curran should have stood his ground, instead of moving and making it easy for Ashwin to catch the ball.

Had Curran stood his ground, Ashwin would have collided into Curran, and the catch would, in all probability, not have been taken. North found support in Michael Atherton. 

Even Dean Jones had a confusing question about this sort of dismissal.

If we talk about the laws, Law 37.1.1, quoted in verbatim: “37.1.1 Either batsman is out Obstructing the field if, except in the circumstances of 37.2, and while the ball is in play, he/she wilfully attempts to obstruct or distract the fielding side by word or action. See also Law 34 (Hit the ball twice).


By Jatin Sharma - 02 Aug, 2018

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