In an unprecedented turn of events at the World Cup, Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews found himself creating an unwanted record as he became the first player in the 146-year history of international cricket to be dismissed due to a “timed out”. The incident occurred during a match in Delhi, where Mathews failed to take a strike within the stipulated two-minute time limit following a previous dismissal or retirement. Angelo Mathews’ Unprecedented Timed Out Dismissal Sparks Controversy at World Cup 2023
Mathews, known for his batting skills, attempted to present his side to Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan. The Sri Lankan argued that he was late in facing the first ball because the strap of his helmet was broken. However, Shakib refused to withdraw the appeal, resulting in Mathews receiving orders to march onto the Delhi grounds.
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Russell Arnold expressed surprise, saying, “This is the first time I have seen something like this.” Mathews’ timely dismissal sparked a significant debate on social media. While periodic dismissals are unusual in international cricket, such cases have been recorded in first-class matches.
One notable incident involved Andrew Jordan during a 1987–88 match between Eastern Province and Transvaal, where flooded roads prevented the batsmen from reaching the field in time. The second case was that of Hemulal Yadav in the match between Tripura and Odisha in the 1997–98 season, where the batsman could not reach the crease on time.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, who played a key role in his team’s three-wicket win, admitted uncertainty over whether the appeal was right or wrong. He revealed that the umpires questioned the seriousness of his appeal and whether he would withdraw it, to which Shakib replied in the negative citing adherence to the laws of the game.
Sri Lankan captain Kusal Mendis expressed his disappointment, suggesting that a little common sense should have been applied in Mathews’ case. Mendis highlighted that there were only five seconds left when Mathews came to the crease and discovered a problem with his helmet strap.
As the cricket world continues to engage in discussion and debate around this rare phenomenon, Mathews’ timely dismissal adds a unique chapter to the history of the game, highlighting the intricacies and occasional controversies that surround it. Making cricket a continually evolving and engaging spectacle.