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WTC Final: Why Ravindra Jadeja was out despite Neil Wagner’s back foot crossing the return crease

Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed by Neil Wagner on on Day 6 of the World Test Championship final.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 24, 2021 10:42:56 am
Ravindra Jadeja, Neil Wagner, Jadeja Wagner no ball, return crease, WTC FinalIndia's Ravindra Jadeja walks off the field after losing his wicket to Neil Wagner. (AP Photo)

Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal on Day 6 of the World Test Championship final drew sharp reactions from fans after several of them wondered if Neil Wagner’s delivery was a no-ball due to the placement of his back-foot.

Wagner, who was charging in at Jadeja, peppered the southpaw with short-pitched bowling. The left-arm seamer’s strategy reaped due reward when Jadeja poked at one that was angled across him and got an outside edge which was pouched by Watling.

While the Black Caps celebrated the wicket, a lot of fans on social media cried foul pointing out Wagner’s back foot which had crossed the return crease, deeming it as a no-ball.

The decision was final as there was no error because Wagner’s foot had landed fine before it crossed over the line, which meant the delivery was legitimate.

Ravindra Jadeja, Neil Wagner, Jadeja Wagner no ball, return crease, return crease rule, WTC Final A look at Wagner’s foot. (Screengrab/Twitter)

Rules of the game

According to guardians of the game, MCC, the landing position of the foot is the decider in arriving at the no-ball call or a delivery to be fair in respect of the feet, in the delivery stride,

21.5.1 the bowler’s back foot must land within and not touching the return crease appertaining to his/her stated mode of delivery

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