List of unusual dismissals in international cricket

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Mohinder Amarnath
Mohinder Amarnath (pictured in 2012) is the only player to be dismissed for both handling the ball and obstructing the field in international cricket.[1]

In cricket, a player is said to be dismissed when they lose their wicket. At this point, the batsman must discontinue batting and leave the field permanently. A batsman can be dismissed in a number of ways, the most common being bowled, caught, leg before wicket (LBW), stumped, run out and hit wicket. Much rarer are hit the ball twice, obstructing the field, retired out and timed out.[a] These are regarded by analysts as unusual ways of dismissals in cricket, where the bowler is denied any credit.[b][4][5] Handled the ball was a previously a separate method of dismissal, now encompassed into obstructing the field. As of September 2017, there have been twenty-two instances of players being dismissed unusually in international cricket: ten in Test cricket, nine in One Day Internationals (ODIs), one in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and two in Women's One Day International cricket.

In Tests, England batsman Leonard Hutton was the first player to be dismissed for obstructing the field, while playing against South Africa in August 1951.[6][c] Between January 1957 and March 2001, six different players were dismissed for handling the ball, the most common form of an unusual dismissal.[7] Sri Lanka cricketers Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene are the only Test players to be dismissed retired out, when playing against Bangladesh in 2001. Sri Lanka's captain, Sanath Jayasuriya, received strong criticism for the team's act.[8][9]

In ODIs, eight different players have been dismissed on nine occasions in unusual manner. The first such occasion was when India's Mohinder Amarnath was given out for handling the ball, against Australia in February 1986. The following year, Pakistan cricketer Rameez Raja became the first player to be given out for obstructing the field in ODIs. In 1989, Amarnath was dismissed in the same fashion, while playing in a match against Sri Lanka, thus becoming the first player to be dismissed in two different unusual methods.[6] Obstructing the field has been the most common method of an unusual dismissal in ODIs, happening in six of the nine occasions. Zimbabwe's Chamu Chibhabha is the most recent cricketer to be dismissed in an unusual way, when he was given out for handling the ball in a match against Afghanistan in October 2015.[10] The only instance of an unusual dismissal in T20Is occurred in June 2017, when England's Jason Roy was given out obstructing the field in a match against South Africa.[11]

In international Women's cricket, there have been two instances of unusual dismissals: the first came in an ODI match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in April 2010.[12] Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Dilani Manodara was retired out due to her slow scoring rate in her team's first innings, having taken 70 minutes and 39 balls to score 8 runs.[13] The most recent instance of an unusual dismissal happened when West Indies' Thirush Kamini was given out for obstructing the field in a match against India.[14]

Test cricket

No. Player Dismissal Runs Team Opposition Venue Date Result
1 Hutton, LeonardLeonard Hutton Obstructing the field 27  England  South Africa The Oval, London, England 16 August 1951 Won[15]
2 Endean, RussellRussell Endean Handled the ball 3  South Africa  England Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa 1 January 1957 Lost[16]
3 Hilditch, AndrewAndrew Hilditch Handled the ball 29  Australia  Pakistan W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, Australia 24 March 1979 Won[17]
4 Khan, MohsinMohsin Khan Handled the ball 58  Pakistan  Australia National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan 22 September 1982 Won[18]
5 Haynes, DesmondDesmond Haynes Handled the ball 55  West Indies  India Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India 24 November 1983 Drawn[19]
6 Gooch, GrahamGraham Gooch Handled the ball 133  England  Australia Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England 3 June 1993 Lost[20]
7 Waugh, SteveSteve Waugh Handled the ball 47  Australia  India M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India 18 March 2001 Lost[21]
8 Atapattu, MarvanMarvan Atapattu Retired out 201  Sri Lanka  Bangladesh Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka 6 September 2001 Won[22]
9 Jayawardene, MahelaMahela Jayawardene Retired out 150  Sri Lanka  Bangladesh Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka 6 September 2001 Won[22]
10 Vaughan, MichaelMichael Vaughan Handled the ball 64  England  India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India 19 December 2001 Drawn[23]

ODI cricket

No. Player Dismissal Runs Team Opposition Venue Date Result
1 Amarnath, MohinderMohinder Amarnath Handled the ball 27  India  Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia 9 February 1986 Lost[24]
2 Raja, RameezRameez Raja Obstructing the field 99  Pakistan  England National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan 20 November 1987 Lost[25]
3 Amarnath, MohinderMohinder Amarnath Obstructing the field 28  India  Sri Lanka Gujarat Stadium, Ahmedabad, India 22 October 1989 Won[26]
4 Cullinan, DaryllDaryll Cullinan Handled the ball 46  South Africa  West Indies Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, South Africa 27 January 1999 Won[27]
5 ul-Haq, InzamamInzamam ul-Haq Obstructing the field 16  Pakistan  India Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar, Pakistan 6 February 2006 Won[28]
6 Hafeez, MohammedMohammed Hafeez Obstructing the field 0  Pakistan  South Africa Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, South Africa 21 March 2013 Won[29]
7 Ali, AnwarAnwar Ali Obstructing the field 0  Pakistan  South Africa St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa 27 November 2013 Won[30]
8 Stokes, BenBen Stokes Obstructing the field 10  England  Australia Lord's, London, England 5 September 2015 Lost[31]
9 Chibhabha, ChamuChamu Chibhabha Handled the ball 18  Zimbabwe  Afghanistan Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 20 October 2015 Won[32]

T20I cricket

No. Player Dismissal Runs Team Opposition Venue Date Result
1 Roy, JasonJason Roy Obstructing the field 67  England  South Africa County Ground, Taunton, England 23 June 2017 Lost[33]

Women's ODI cricket

No. Player Dismissal Runs Team Opposition Venue Date Result
1 Manodara, DilaniDilani Manodara Retired out 8  Sri Lanka  West Indies St Paul's Sporting Complex, St Paul's, St Kitts and Nevis 18 April 2010 Lost[13]
2 Kamini, ThirushThirush Kamini Obstructing the field 2  India  West Indies Mulupadu Cricket Ground, Vijayawada 13 November 2016 Won[34]

Notes

  1. ^ As of September 2017, no player has been dismissed in the "Timed out" fashion in international cricket.[2]
  2. ^ A bowler gets credit for all usual dismissals except run out.[3]
  3. ^ September 2017, he remains the only player to be dismissed in this mode in Test cricket.

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