An over-the-body no ball and three byes off the ensuing free in the last over helped India to a memorable victory against Pakistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup last week.
However, there was much discussion as to why the free hit was not called dead immediately after it hit the stumps.
Former cricketers objected that a batsman bowling a free would result in a dead ball preventing further scoring from the same delivery.
“I would revise that rule to give the bowler credit for the dead ball if he is good enough to beat the bat and hit the stumps,” Chappell wrote in his column for ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.
With India needing 13 from three balls, Virat Kohli hit a six off a mid-on full toss that was adjudged a no-ball.
“There is no doubt that the umpires got their calls right in the limelight, but one has to ask: is a ball that is hit for a six really a no ball?
“The height of a delivery is closely watched, especially in late overs, as it has often been used as a run-saving delivery. But it cannot be argued on this occasion that it was the outcome.”
The next ball was a wide. Kohli was then bowled off the free but when the ball shot off the stumps to the third man fielder, Kohli and Dinesh Karthik collected three bye runs.
“As for the three byes off the stumps, one has to ask: is that really what the tour conditions are trying to achieve? In a match where the balance is already well in favor of the batsman, what more is a bowler meant to to do?
“If a bowler is good enough to bowl the perfect yorker, as Nawaz did, why should he be penalized further? (This is much like NZ who are penalized for accidental overturns of the opponents’ bats that take them past the 50 overs cup final at The Oval in 2019.), he wrote.
The MCCs Laws of Cricket states that “The ball becomes dead when..
“188.8.131.52 it is ultimately settled in the hands of the wicket-keeper or the bowler.
“184.108.40.206 a boundary is recorded.
“220.127.116.11 a batsman is dismissed. The ball shall be deemed to be dead from the moment of the incident which caused the dismissal.”