Ravindra Jadeja Becomes First Player Given Out Obstructing the Field in IPL History

Ravindra Jadeja became the first player to be given out obstructing the field in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during a match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The decision sparked debates about the interpretation and application of the obstructing the field rule in cricket.

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Ravindra Jadeja Becomes First Player Given Out Obstructing the Field in IPL History

Ravindra Jadeja Becomes First Player Given Out Obstructing the Field in IPL History

In a dramatic turn of events during the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) match on May 12, 2024, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Ravindra Jadeja made history by becoming the first player to be given out obstructing the field in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The incident occurred in the 16th over of CSK's innings when Jadeja, batting at the non-striker's end, was struck by a throw from RR captain Sanju Samson, who was attempting to run him out.

Controversy erupted after reviewing the replays, third umpire Anil Chaudhary declared that Jadeja had intentionally changed his running path to protect the stumps, resulting in his dismissal. The decision sparked debates about the interpretation and application of the obstructing the field rule in cricket.

CSK batting coach Michael Hussey reacted to the incident, saying: "Well, I have only had time to have a quick look at it during the game. I didn't have a close look at it. He did try and turn around, so I guess that's changing the angle. But he didn't try and change angle while he was running back. I can see both sides of the story. I can see a story where he had to turn around, so he changed his angle a little bit. But he didn't try and change direction while he was running back. I can understand, the umpire has made his decision. The rule says you can't change your direction. Maybe it was a fair call. I am not sure."

This is not the first time Jadeja has been involved in a similar incident this season. In a previous IPL 2024 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Hyderabad, SRH seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar's throw hit him on the back as Jadeja tried to return to his crease. However, SRH skipper Pat Cummins opted not to appeal against the CSK star.

Despite Jadeja's dismissal, CSK successfully chased down the target of 142 runs with 5 wickets and 10 balls to spare, keeping their IPL 2024 playoff hopes alive. The result dealt a blow to RR's quest to return to the top of the standings. CSK will play their last league game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 18.

The incident involving Ravindra Jadeja being given out obstructing the field marks a significant moment in IPL history. It has sparked discussions about the interpretation and consistent application of this rare dismissal in cricket. As the tournament progresses, it remains to be seen how this decision will impact the strategies and mindsets of players and teams in high-pressure run-out situations.

Key Takeaways

  • Ravindra Jadeja became the first player to be given out obstructing the field in IPL history.
  • The incident occurred in the 16th over of CSK's innings against RR on May 12, 2024.
  • Jadeja was struck by a throw from RR captain Sanju Samson while changing his running path.
  • CSK batting coach Michael Hussey reacted with a mixed opinion on the dismissal.
  • CSK won the match despite Jadeja's dismissal, keeping their IPL 2024 playoff hopes alive.