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Sehwag earns dubious distinction as fielder

Virender Sehwag earned the dubious distinction during the last day’s play at the Eden Gardens on Thursday for deliberately...

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 19, 2010 12:41 am

Virender Sehwag earned the dubious distinction during the last day’s play at the Eden Gardens on Thursday for deliberately kicking the ball away over the ropes,with the intention of keeping Hashim Amla him on strike.

It was the fifth ball of Sachin Tendulkar’s over,the South African innings’ 130th ,when Amla smacked a square off a short-pitched delivery. The ball raced away towards the fence but stopped just short of the boundary line. Sehwag intentionally kicked it over to deny opportunity to Amla to change ends. South Africa were on 284 for 9 at that time with Amla and No 11 Morne Morkel at the crease.

The umpires decided to award South Africa four penalty runs and also awarded a run to Amla for crossing over. The penalty,termed as ‘willful illegal act of fielder’ — the first such instance in Test cricket in India—- is covered under Law 19.6 of the Laws of Cricket,the ICC’s manual. BCCI statistician Dinar Gupte,when asked to recollect previous instances of such penalty for willful illegal act of a fielder by an Indian cricketer in Tests,said that there’s no such instance.

Zaheer,Smith ruled out

Zaheer Khan and South African captain Graeme Smith have been ruled out of the three-match ODI series. Zaheer,who suffered a thigh injury will be replaced by Sreesanth. “Zaheer Khan is ruled out of the ODI series,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement. Meanwhile,Smith,who played the Eden Test with a broken finger,will fly home leaving Jacques Kallis in charge of the team for the upcoming one-day series. Hashim Amla has been drafted into the squad as his replacement.

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