India captain Virat Kohli was not happy with an act by England opener Haseeb Hameed as the England opener marked his guard outside the sinning crease on the first day of the ongoing fourth India-England Test at The Oval. Captain Kohli was then seen complaining to the on-field umpires and having lengthy discussions with Richard Illingworth.
In fact, it all happened at the start of England’s first innings when Hameed marked his guard outside the sinning crease and used his spikes to spoil the area. It is common practice to mark the guard at the start of an innings using spikes or shoelaces and even with the bat and bails, Kohli was troubled by the fact that Haseeb Hameed did not make it inside the crease. Was.
The England opener’s guard marking caused much debate in the commentary box, with Harsha Bhogle and Ajay Jadeja giving their side of the story in an attempt to explain the situation. According to the rules, a batsman may mark his guard or take his stand without coming into danger or a protected area. The danger area is considered to be five feet from the paping crease. According to MCC Rule 41.15.9: “The striker shall not take a stance at or so close to the protected area. The striker may mark a guard on the pitch provided that no mark is improperly close to the protected area.”
However, in Hameed’s case, the umpires did not think he was marking the danger zone and therefore was not given a warning. Interestingly, India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was asked not to stand too low off the pitch as the umpires thought he was stepping into the danger zone. However, Hameed was dismissed early by Jasprit Bumrah. England’s score is 53/3.