Ravindra Jadeja Dismissed for Obstructing the Field in IPL 2024 Match

Ravindra Jadeja was given out for obstructing the field during a Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals IPL match, becoming the third player in IPL history to be dismissed in this manner. Despite the controversy, CSK secured a five-wicket victory, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

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Ravindra Jadeja Dismissed for Obstructing the Field in IPL 2024 Match

Ravindra Jadeja Dismissed for Obstructing the Field in IPL 2024 Match

In a bizarre incident during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday, CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was given out for obstructing the field. The dismissal occurred in the 16th over of CSK's run chase at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Jadeja, who was batting on 5 off 6 balls, tapped a delivery from Avesh Khan towards the third man and completed an easy single. However, when he turned back for the second run, his partner Ruturaj Gaikwad sent him back halfway down the pitch. As Jadeja tried to make his way back to the crease, he changed his running path and came in the way of a throw from RR wicketkeeper-captain Sanju Samson.

The throw struck Jadeja on the back, prompting Samson and the RR fielders to appeal for obstruction. The on-field umpires referred the decision to the third umpire, Anil Chaudhary, who determined that Jadeja had intentionally changed his direction to obstruct the field. "Ravindra Jadeja has been given out for obstructing the field. He changed his running path while attempting to complete the second run, which caused him to come in the way of the throw from Sanju Samson," explained Chaudhary.

According to Law 37.1 of the MCC's Laws of Cricket, "Either batter is out obstructing the field if, except in the circumstances of 37.2, and while the ball is in play, he/she wilfully attempts to obstruct or distract the fielding side by word or action." The law further clarifies that if a batter significantly changes direction without probable cause and obstructs a fielder's attempt to effect a run out, the batter should be given out on appeal.

Jadeja's dismissal makes him the third player in IPL history to be given out for obstructing the field. The other two instances involved Yusuf Pathan, who was dismissed in a similar manner while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against Pune Warriors India in 2013, and Amit Mishra, who was given out while representing Delhi Capitals against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019.

Jadeja's reaction to the dismissal was one of disbelief, while CSK captain MS Dhoni's wife Sakshi Dhoni's reaction to the incident went viral on social media. Despite the controversial dismissal, CSK managed to secure a five-wicket victory over RR, chasing down the target of 142 with five balls to spare. Gaikwad remained unbeaten on 42 off 41 deliveries, while Sameer Rizvi struck a quickfire 15 off 8 balls to guide CSK home. The win keeps CSK's playoff hopes alive, as they now sit third in the IPL 2024 standings with 14 points from 13 matches.

Key Takeaways

  • Ravindra Jadeja given out for obstructing the field in CSK vs RR IPL 2024 match.
  • Jadeja changed running path, obstructing Sanju Samson's throw, leading to dismissal.
  • This is the 3rd instance of obstructing the field dismissal in IPL history.
  • CSK won the match by 5 wickets, chasing down 142 with 5 balls to spare.
  • Jadeja's dismissal sparked controversy, with Sakshi Dhoni's reaction going viral.