T20 World Cup 2022: On Wednesday, India beat Bangladesh in a nail-biting contest. While for a moment the game looked to be slipping away from India’s hands, rain interrupted the clash, hence, the momentum converted in India’s favor. With the much-needed break and wet outfield, the Men in Blue managed to cross the victory line by five runs. What is the case of ‘fake fielding’ then?
What is interesting about the match is not just the turning of tables, Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batter Nurul Hasan accused the star Indian batter Virat Kohli of ‘fake fielding’. This incident happened on the second ball of the seventh over in the second innings. The over was being bowled by Axar Patel. When Arshdeep Singh safely fielded the ball on the boundary and threw it right back to India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik.
Moreover, Litton Das who was playing dangerously was running to the striker’s end. Notably, Virat Kohli was seen imitating a throwing action, despite not being in contact with the ball.
Hence, after facing a thrilling defeat, Hasan reacted on the same, as he stated “You saw that we had to play in a wet field. But there was also a case of ‘fake fielding’ which did not go our way.” Additionally, he pointed out that the umpires were made aware of the event and they should have penalized Rohit Sharma-led India for it. However, no action was taken.
Is there any law for ‘fake fielding’?
The custodian of cricket laws, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), law 41.5.1 covers ‘fake fielding’. It states, “it is unfair for any fielder willfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batter after the striker has received the ball.”
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