It has been an intriguing Test series between India and England so far with many drop catches, misfields and exceptional innings from both sides. The third Test between the two sides, which began on Saturday, saw another dominating performance by the home on the first day.
On the second day, India bowled out England for 283 and the openers for the home team, Parthiv Patel and Murali Vijay began the reply. In the third over of Indian innings, James Anderson bowled half-volley to Vijay which he defended and took step forward in his follow-through.
Anderson first imitated to throw the ball but when actually threw the ball. Vijay didn’t move his ground the ball hit his pads. Vijay didn’t move at all but England began to appeal for an obstruction in the field. They even pointed out that Vijay was out of the crease when the ball hit the pads.
The umpires had a chat after the incident but did not refer it to the third umpire. Vijay did not seem to intentionally move out of his crease. Even later, he just stood his ground.
The rule of obstruction of field is one of the 10 ways in which a batsman can be given out in cricket. A batsman will be given out obstructing the field if he willingly obstructs the field.
Vijay was later dismissed by Ben Stokes when he edged one behind to the keeper. The umpire did not spot the edge and did not day out but Vijay decided to walk off. The ultra-edge later showed that Vijay had edged it.