Billy Bowden entertains crowd in fourth India-England ODI match

Umpire Billy Bowden moved his hands four times each to signal boundary hit by Kevin Pietersen in the 15th over Getty Images

Mumbai: Oct 23, 2011

Known for his unusual style of signalling dismissals and boundaries, Kiwi umpire Billy Bowden today unleashed a strange sort of signal for a four which would have surprised even his close followers.

The incident occurred after the fourth delivery of the 15th over of the England innings in the third ODI when India pacer Varun Aaron’s full delivery was neatly flicked by Kevin Pietersen towards the mid-wicket fence.

Bowden got into a semi-sweep shot position and moved his hands four times each to signal the four in four different directions in the same position. He also managed to drop his walkie-talkie much to the amusement of the half-packed crowd at the 36,000 capacity Wankhede stadium.

Adding to the fun, the broadcasters Neo Sports showed the replay of his action with an advertisement for ‘Dancing Shoes’.

Perhaps, Bowden had got a hint about New Zealand’s victory over France in the Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks defeated the Les Bleus 8-7 in Auckland today to win the world crown for the second time after 24 years.(PTI)