IPL 2024
Pat Cummins Upholds Spirit Of The Game Withdrawing The Appeal Against Ravindra Jadeja
By CricShots - Apr 5, 2024 11:24 pm
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In the exhilarating clash between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, amidst the fierce competition, a moment of sportsmanship shone brightly courtesy of Pat Cummins. While rivalry fuels cricket, instances like these reaffirm the game’s noble spirit.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja got away with obstructing the field

Chennai Super Kings encountered a shaky start with the loss of Rachin Ravindra early on. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ajinkya Rahane stabilized the innings, steering CSK to a commendable 48/1 by the end of the powerplay. Gaikwad’s departure in the eighth over didn’t deter CSK, as Shivam Dube and Rahane built a solid partnership, pushing the score to 115/2 after 13 overs. Yet, the SRH bowlers struck back, dismissing both set batsmen swiftly.

Amidst the slog overs, Ravindra Jadeja and Daryl Mitchell were in command with the bat, setting the stage for a crucial phase of the game. In the 19th over, a noteworthy incident unfolded, showcasing Cummins’ sportsmanship.

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When Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s yorker struck Ravindran Jadeja’s pad, the batsmen contemplated a single. However, Mitchell declined, leading to a brief confusion. As Bhuvneshwar prepared to throw, the ball inadvertently hit Jadeja’s back as he attempted to return to the crease. Despite the potential opportunity to claim a wicket via ‘obstructing the field’, SRH skipper Pat Cummins intervened. He signalled to dismiss the appeal, exemplifying the true spirit of cricket.

 

According to the MCC laws, a batter cannot be out ‘Obstructing the field’ if the obstruction is accidental or to avoid injury. Cummins’ decision resonated with the cricketing ethos, earning admiration from fans on social media.

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In a sport where competitiveness often overshadows camaraderie, Cummins’ gesture serves as a reminder of cricket’s core values. As the game progresses, moments like these uphold the integrity and spirit that make cricket more than just a sport—it’s a testament to sportsmanship and fair play.