Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Hambantota

Who signalled the Powerplay?

Abhishek Purohit in Hambantota

July 24, 2012

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Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli run between the wickets, during a 173-run stand, Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Hambantota, July 21, 2012
Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli added 32 runs in the batting Powerplay © AFP
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Confusion over India's batting Powerplay in the first ODI has become a laughing matter three days after the event but it reveals a serious loophole in on-field communication. In the end, though, India got away with what seems like a wrongly interpreted signal by the umpires and the batsmen's failure to cross-check with them.

The problem originated before the 17th over, when Virat Kohli signalled to the dressing room for a cap. The umpires, though, seemed to think it was an indication of the batting Powerplay being taken, and Bruce Oxenford signalled accordingly with the circular motion of the arm and a tapping of hands above the head.

The TV commentators on Ten Sports then referred - with some surprise - to the batting Powerplay, which is normally taken by sides after the 30th over. The (mis)information also sparked some debate over India's radical new strategy. Only Mahela Jayawardene seemed to have got it right and set his field accordingly, and took his bowling Powerplay from the 34th over.

India's batsmen - Kohli and Virender Sehwag - seemed unaware, and did not visibly change their approach during the five-over period, in which India collected 32 for 0. The penny dropped for the Indians only later in the innings, when they sought the batting Powerplay and were told it had already been taken.

The matter then ended there, but Sehwag spoke about it on Monday. "When I asked the umpire he said that Virat Kohli gave him the signal to take the Powerplay," Sehwag said during the press conference at the team hotel on Monday. "When I asked Virat he said I asked [for] my cap rather than asking [for] the Powerplay, so that was a misunderstanding I think."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Konander on (July 25, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Right, why should there be powerplays at all?

Posted by anver777 on (July 25, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

A very crucial misunderstanding...... luckily it didn't cost Ind much !!! Umpire also should have re confirmed with Virat before he's signalling, because it was a batting power play at a unusual time !!!!

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 25, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Its a blooper :-) Anyway, it didn't cost that much.. Had that, then it could have been a controversy..

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

I'd actually back the BCCI if they wanted Powerplays removed, but that's solely because I don't like them.

Posted by K.A.K on (July 24, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

This is really funny. I am glad India won otherwise it would have become an issue. At best it can be called a Topi drama.

Posted by 110no on (July 24, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

How difficult would it be for the batsmen to inform the umpire on the field that they wish to initiate the Powerplay? Pretty simple really, one would have thought.

Whatever next, I wonder? Will players start signalling boundaries to the scorers and bypass the umpires completely?

Posted by gtzshotta on (July 24, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

agreed with omarrz. they will want new rules now.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Hahahahahaha hilarious comment omar! But seriously this issue should be resolved so such misunderstandings dont occur in the future..

Posted by KelvinLTR on (July 24, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

MJ again proving there's space for commonsense in the game

Posted by dilpickle.abey on (July 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

lol omarrz... minimum characters...........

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