In an unusual event, the sun stopped a cricket match on Wednesday. During the first ODI between India and New Zealand in Napier, the setting sun was shining straight into the eyes of the Indian batsmen making it difficult for them to see the ball. The game had to be stopped till conditions were favourable enough for the game to resume.
South African umpire Shaun George, while admitting that he has never seen such an occurrence in his 15-year-long career, said that there is a provision for such a situation and the players were aware of it.
“The setting sun is the eyes of the players and we need to think of the safety of the players, as well as umpires,” George said. Although, this isn’t the only time the sun has halted a match.
Cricket buffs around the world couldn’t come to terms with the bizarre scenario. While some shared GIFs, others came up with apt memes while waiting for the game to resume. Even cricketing body ICC jumped in with the official handle sharing a meme about the incident on Twitter.
Here’s are some of the best reactions to the sun stopping play:
— ICC (@ICC) January 23, 2019
Worrying to see that sun has stopped play.
Once play resumes, hopefully, India will quickly finish this game before moon stops play.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 23, 2019
Match stops because of Sun strike.
Sun be like : Why should rain have all the fun? #NZvIND
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) January 23, 2019
— Rishabh Sharma (@im_srishabh21) January 23, 2019
— Saurabh (@sauri_1211) January 23, 2019
— Sourabh (@SourabhJainIET) January 23, 2019
— Sunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 23, 2019
— भाईसाहब (@Bhai_saheb) January 23, 2019
— Billy (@BillyyCostigan) January 23, 2019
— Prediction Guru (@PredictionsGuru) January 23, 2019
— Aalok (@Chuckle_Some) January 23, 2019
— unlettered (@i_am_seeking) January 23, 2019