Home > Features >

IPL 2014: How the laws of cricket denied CSK single off a no-ball against KKR

MS Dhoni (right) was denied a run due to a new rule in the MCC regarding high full-tosses © IANS
MS Dhoni (right) was denied a run due to a new rule which says if a no-ball is referred to a third-umpire, the runs taken off the delivery aren’t counted  © IANS

During the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 contest between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), MS Dhoni hit a high full-toss and was caught at third-man. It was called a no-ball for height after being referred to the third-umpire. The batsmen had also changed ends. However, only the penalty run for the no-ball was counted and not the single taken by Dhoni to reach the other end even as Ravindra Jadeja faced the next ball. Nishad Pai Vaidya looks into the laws and determines why that single wasn’t counted.

Were the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) denied a single during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens? The scorecards show that Chennai scored 154 for five in their 20 overs, but could it have been 155? During the last over of the Chennai innings, MS Dhoni had played a high full-toss from Umesh Yadav. The ball was caught at third-man. But it was referred and ultimately called a no-ball. Although Dhoni crossed over to complete a single as it was taken by the fielder, it wasn’t credited to the overall total. The question is: Why wasn’t it counted in the total?

Let us revisit the events again. At 151 for four in 19.4 overs, Umesh ran in to bowl the fifth ball. It was a high full-toss and Dhoni tried to pull it, but a top-edge flew to third-man, where the catch was taken.  Dhoni seemed to have reached the non-striker’s end after crossing Ravindra Jadeja as the catch was pouched. The umpires then conferred for the height of the delivery. It was given a no-ball for height and two runs were credited to Chennai’s total on the television screens: It showed 153 in 19.4 overs. Jadeja took strike and two runs were scored off the last two balls and the ultimate score was only 154. This meant that the single taken off the no-ball wasn’t counted.

Since the batsmen crossed and Dhoni appeared to have touched the non-striker’s end, shouldn’t the single be counted? According to the Marylebourne Cricket Club’s (MCC’s) Laws of Cricket, the ball doesn’t become dead on the call of the no-ball. But in this case, the no-ball wasn’t called immediately and the umpires approached each other. It was only confirmed by the third-umpire after some time. Even then, one may still argue it wasn’t a dead ball.

However, as Mohandas Menon, the famed statistician, tweeted that according to a new law, only the run for the no-ball is counted and not for the single taken when the ball is referred. This is a guideline in place but it does have its roots in the basic laws and we must examine them for greater clarity. The law states that the ball ceases to be in play as soon as the batsman is dismissed. Plus, it also says that the umpire may deem it to be a dead ball if the fielding team and the batsmen feel that it isn’t in play. Thus, in this case, the moment the catch was taken, the umpires and the batsmen may have deemed that the ball was dead as there was a possibility of Dhoni being dismissed there. Which is why that single was not counted even though the batsmen exchanged ends.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 6, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 7, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 62 runs

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Birmingham

India won by 9 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England, 4th ODI at Edgbaston

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Ajinkya Rahane strengthens his case to open in ODIs; but will Rohit Sharma’s return push him back to No 4?

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI: Highlights

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan complete comprehensive series win for India with 9-wicket win in 4th ODI

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

Shikhar Dhawan: ODI series win in England huge confidence booster ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

an Botham, Graeme Swann livid with England’s performance

Shikhar Dhawan credits Team India and Ravi Shastri for good show in 4th ODI against England at Edgbaston

MS Dhoni lauds team India after their ODI series victory against England

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Birmingham: Stats Highlights

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tony Grieg, Vinoo Mankad and other cricketers who made it to the cricket lexicon

Johnny Won’t Hit Today – The tale of JWHT Douglas

14 greatest upsets in ODIs — Part 1

Faf du Plessis shows his grit with twin tons against Australia in Zimbabwe Triangular Series

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

628 Posts | 7 Fans

Thilan Samaraweera finds an unusual way to get stumped

Is Facebook bad for our mental health and well-being?

Princess Diana’s wedding dress to be given to sons William and Harry

an Botham, Graeme Swann livid with England’s performance

US Open 2014: Sania Mirza reaches mixed doubles semis but Leander Paes

NGOs pursue education for all

Latest Ebola News: DRC Ebola outbreak not linked to West Africa

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specifications, features rumor roundup

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Sony launches six 4K TVs in India, prices start at Rs 1.74 lakh

Shikhar Dhawan credits Team India and Ravi Shastri for good show in 4th ODI against England at Edgbaston

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here