South Zone v West Zone, Deodhar Trophy, semi-final March 13, 2013

Abhishek Nayar bowls 17-ball over

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Mumbai allrounder Abhishek Nayar sent down 10 wides and a no-ball in a 17-ball over in the semi-final of the inter-zone Deodhar Trophy. Mohammad Sami, the Pakistan quick, holds the record in ODIs, with his famous 17-ball over against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup match in 2004.

As with Sami's wild over against Bangladesh, Nayar's didn't have an effect on the outcome of the match: Nayar's West Zone won with nearly nine overs to spare. Nayar himself had handy figures of 7-0-49-2 with wickets of two specialist batsmen, Hanuma Vihari and CM Gautam. Nayar didn't look pleased with some of the wide calls, but later said it was more disappointment than dissent. "These things happen," Nayar told Mumbai Mirror. "I had a bad day, and I was not provoked by the umpire's call. I was a little rusty initially but I'm happy with my figures for the day."

Nayar come on to bowl in the 12th over of South Zone's innings, and began with the wicket of opener Vihari first ball. The wide malaise began with the third delivery of the over. Fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th were all wides. All bar one of those were off-side wides. Nayar even tried to shorten his run-up, but to no avail.

Finally, when Nayar seemed to have got the last delivery on target, he over-stepped. He survived being penalised harshly on the free hit as Dinesh Karthik, who saw all those wides go through, failed to connect with a wild swing. Nayar was taken off immediately, but he came back on to bowl the 19th over, and delivered only one more wide in his remaining six overs.

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  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    @jimbond - DK, overrated ??? For no reason he is the captain of TN Ranji team. If not for Dhoni he would have been the first choice wicket keeper for India. He is way ahead than Saha and Parthiv Patel his other contenders. In fact critics say his keeping is better than Dhoni - the X factor is what catapulted Dhoni to the stardom and DK has to kept away. Check out his recent scores in Vijay Hazare trophy - 70, 90, 84, 73 and 119 in all the five matches that were played. Many in TN know that DK and Badri is far better than M.Vijay and A.Mukund who has been given chances. Its just sheer bad luck they could not play regularly for India.

  • James on March 14, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    @Raj12345- If you mean DK as Dinesh Karthik, why is his first class average around 40, when someone who is as inconsistent as Rayudu has an average of 46. In my humble opinion, Dinesh Karthik is one of the most overrated cricketers in India. If I needed to have a substitute WK who can bat, I would always go with someone like Gautam or Parthiv Patel, or someone from the under 20- like Smit Patel or Sanju Sampson

  • Raj on March 13, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Raydu plays good 1 out of 5 matches in domestic. He need some guidance to carry forward and make a case as good middle order. On other side DK plays good 4 out of 5 matches in domestic. There is a big difference.

  • Binu on March 13, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Raydu is a class playerhow can he play for india???

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    In Tests, Ambrose holds the record for bowling a 17 ball over.

  • hari on March 13, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    If he bowled one more ball, it should be a world record. He missed the record with one ball.

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