Today explosive batsman Yusuf Pathan became the first batsman to be given out for obstructing the field in Twenty20 cricket while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in match no. 65 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
India’s Yusuf Pathan became the first batsman in the Twenty20 history, and sixth overall, to be ruled out for obstructing the field.
Test cricket has seen only one batsman, Briton Len Hutton, getting out in that fashion while four players so far have been ruled out in the ODIs, the latest being Pakistan’s Mohammed Hafeez against South Africa early this year.
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Pakistan’s Rameez Raja (1987) and Inzamam ul haq (2006) along with India’s Mohinder Amarnath (1989) are the other three batsmen who were out in similar fashion in ODIs.
The match was in tense situation when the incident happened. After managing to negotiate a yorker from Wayne Parnell, Pathan attempted a single. As Pathan ran, the bowler tried to get close to the ball but Pathan pushed the ball with his foot, causing obstruction in the field.
The matter was referred to third umpire and he was declared out. His dismissal in the 18th over was turning point of the game as Kolkata Knight Riders did not have the batsmen to score required 23 runs from 13 balls after that and they lost the match by 7 runs and went out of IPL 2013 Playoffs contention.