New Delhi. Although cricket is called ‘Gentleman’s game’, but many such incidents have happened on the field, which have embarrassed the game. One such incident took place on 16 August 2010 during the tri-series match (India vs Sri Lanka) held in Sri Lanka, when a bowler of the host country deliberately bowled a no-ball to prevent India’s Virender Sehwag from completing a century. was thrown India was able to win the match by 6 wickets with the help of one run from this no ball, but Sehwag, who was deprived of a century, had to return to the pavilion after remaining unbeaten on 99 runs.
This no ball was bowled by off-spinner Suraj Randiv from Sri Lanka. His act was sharply criticized by the veterans of the game and called it contrary to the basic spirit of the game. Later, Randiv himself and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board apologized to Sehwag for this incident. Randiv later also played in IPL. According to media reports, this 38-year-old former Sri Lankan cricketer is currently working as a bus driver in a company in Australia.
Randiv scored 43 runs in the match
Batting first in this match played in Dambulla, the Sri Lankan team was dismissed after scoring 170 runs in 46.1 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan contributed maximum 45 and Suraj Randiv contributed 43 runs. For India, Pragyan Ojha took maximum 3 wickets while Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja got two wickets each.
The bowler’s front leg had gone far ahead of the crease
Chasing Sri Lanka’s score of 170 in reply, Team India lost the wickets of Dinesh Karthik (10), Virat Kohli (0) and Rohit Sharma (0) early but Sehwag took the fourth wicket with Suresh Raina (21). Had taken over the situation by sharing 59 runs. After Raina’s dismissal, Sehwag sealed the team’s victory with an unbeaten 80-run partnership with captain MS Dhoni (23 not out). After 34 overs, India’s score was 166 runs for four wickets. And Sehwag was unbeaten on 99 runs (100 balls, 11 fours and two sixes). 4 runs came as a bye on the first ball of the 35th over of the innings bowled by Randiv.
India now needed just one run to win. The fourth ball bowled by Randiv was a no ball. It was a very long no ball and the bowler’s front leg went far beyond the crease. There was reason to believe that this was done to deny Sehwag a century. India won the match by 1 extra run through no ball and Veeru was deprived of a century.
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Played for Chennai Super Kings in IPL
Randiv played 12 Tests, 31 ODIs and 7 T20 matches for Sri Lanka. He took 43 wickets in Test, 36 in ODI and 7 in T20. Randiv played for Chennai Super Kings in IPL-2011 and took six wickets in 8 matches at an average of 37.15.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 11, 2023, 14:53 IST