Abhishek Nayar bowls 17-ball over, equals world record
Posted on: 11:08 AM IST Mar 13, 2013
Guwahati: Abhishek Nayar is known for his mood-swings on the cricket field and that was evident during a Deodhar Trophy match between West Zone and South Zone on Tuesday.
Nayar didn't admit that he was angry, but looked disturbed at the call of a wide and he ended bowling 10 wides and one no-ball in an over of 17 balls. The Mumbai bowler started the 12th bowler by picking up GH Vihari and then allowed Dinesh Karthik to take two runs. The third ball was called wide, though marginally and that didn't go down well with Nayar.
On the fourth ball, an appeal for lbw was not given and then started the volley of wides. He bowled three wides, all on the off side and the fifth ball was a legitimate one but bowled the final delivery seven times, which also consisted of a no-ball. Thirteen runs were scored off the 17-ball over and this feat matched world record in the 50-over format.
In his seven-over spell he bowled a total of 14 wides and one no ball but finished with figures of 2 for 49. However, Nayar tried to play down the incident and said the wides result due to lack of match-practice. "These things happen. I had a bad day and I was not provoked by the umpire's call," Nayar told Mumbai Mirror.
"I was a little rusty initially but I'm happy with my figures for the day." However, Nayar's big over didn't affect his team as West won the match by five wickets.
The BCCI is yet to take notice of the over, but maybe the umpires committee could check the TV footage. There is no suspicion of foul play from Nayar, but if found guilty can be hauled up for dissent.