Rinku Singh’s last-ball six, seemingly sealing India’s win, stirred emotions among fans and players.
In a nail-biting encounter, India secured a thrilling victory over Australia in the 1st T20I of the series, led by Suryakumar Yadav. The Men in Blue successfully chased down a challenging 209, marking their highest successful score in T20Is at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Thursday. Apart from skipper SKY, the other notable contributions for India came from the bats of Rinku Singh and Ishan Kishan.
Captain Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan played exceptional innings, setting the stage for Rinku Singh to deliver the final blow. Rinku Singh’s last-ball six, seemingly sealing India’s win, stirred emotions among fans and players. However, the ICC did not count the six, adding an unexpected twist to the victory.
Why ICC didn’t count Rinku Singh six?
The reason behind this lies in the final over of the game. With India needing 7 runs off the last over, Rinku Singh faced Sean Abbott. After a caught and bowled and a couple of run-outs, the stage was set with 1 run required off the final ball. Rinku Singh smashed a six over long-on, triggering celebrations. However, the joy was short-lived as it was revealed that Abbott had overstepped, resulting in a no-ball.
In cricket, when a no-ball is bowled, any runs scored off the bat, leg-byes, or byes are not counted. In this case, as India only needed 1 run to win, the extra run from the no-ball made them victorious.
The six hit by Rinku Singh, although a spectacular moment, does not get added to either Rinku’s individual score or India’s overall score. This intriguing turn of events highlights the fine margins in cricket and the impact of technicalities on the outcome of a match.
It’s a reminder that every aspect of the game, including the bowler’s foot placement, can influence the result. While the six may not be officially recorded, the dramatic nature of the last-ball finish will be etched in the memories of cricket enthusiasts.