Few instances were luck hadn’t fallen India’s way. In other words, India had gifted a victory to oppositions.
Whenever we hear the word No-ball, we simply think our fortune wasn’t good but to be very honest that’s not the case. It’s just a reflection of what you practice in nets. Doesn’t matter how good your delivery was if it wasn’t legal you can’t get a batsman Out.
Here are a few instances where India was so close yet so far.
1. Champions Trophy 2017 Final
Who can forget that dismissal of Fakhar Zaman where Bumrah departed him cheaply with his brilliant out-swinger. But guess what, it was a no-ball. As a result, Fakhar ended up a scoring match-winning 100 & eventually, India lost that match even after fighting knock of Pandya.
There can’t be if & buts in cricket or any professional sports but for a moment just imagine if that no ball wouldn’t have happened, India probably would’ve had another ICC trophy in their cabinet. Few Pakistani fans are still celebrating this, I guess.
Even though Bumrah has produced so many toe crushers, jaffa after this incident but still people remember him for that no-ball tells us the impact of that. Jaipur Traffic Police also took dig on this by placing a banner of Bumrah crossing a line as a warning sign.
2. World T-20 2016 Semi-final
Sometimes it feels like India were destined to lose this match. First, Indians lost the toss which already put them on the backfoot.
After posting a decent total on the board, India took the wicket of a Gayle cheaply even Lendl Simmons almost but the same woes continued, Ashwin bowled a no-ball. Again after few overs, Simmons got dismissed but this time Pandya was the culprit of bowling a no-ball. The undue task of damage was done by Russell power & dew in Wankhede.
Felt like, Lendl Simmons who was not even part of the squad initially, came just before the semi-final only to beat India. Interesting thing here is, he again got injured just before the final.
Just think for a moment, a guy who wasn’t even part of the team came from nowhere, destroyed an opponent by utilizing 2 lives which he got & then without playing finals, got injured again. What kind of story you were writing God?
3. World T-20 2012
Many of you might not remember the match between India & South-Africa, where India not only had to defend a total but had to restrict South-Africa 32 runs before a target.
India posted a challenging total of 152 after an early storm. After the collapse of the South African top order, Faf took the charge. But again after the Faf’s dismissal, India got a little sniff.
Ashwin came into a picture when he dismissed Robin Peterson on 2 consecutive deliveries (no-ball & a free hit). India would’ve had a real chance if Ash wouldn’t have bowled a no-ball. Eventually, India won that match by 1 run but it was of no use. As their chances of reaching into a semi-final were already shattered.
Moral of the story, India’s track record with no-balls is frightening. Hope bowlers will address this issue, work hard in the nets & fight back stronger than ever.
Let me know if you guys also feel emphatic with this topic & would love to see more posts coming like this.