The Indian cricket team was dealt a massive blow during the Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal against New Zealand as opener Shubman Gill was retired hurt after scoring a brilliant half-century at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Gill looked in tremendous form as he scored 79 off 65 deliveries before he started suffering from cramps. It was a hot and sultry day in Mumbai and during the 23rd over of the Indian innings, Gill started experiencing cramps and had to lie down in the middle of the over. The Indian cricket team physio was out in the middle and after couple of minutes, Gill decided to leave the field. However, he was not dismissed and can come back to bat after a stipulated time period. Earlier, India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat against New Zealand.
Here’s a look at what the MCC rules say about retired hurt –
25.4.1:A batter may retire at any time during his/her innings when the ball is dead. The umpires, before allowing play to proceed, shall be informed of the reason for a batter retiring.
25.4.2: If a batter retires because of illness, injury, or any other unavoidable cause, that batter is entitled to resume his/her innings. If for any reason this does not happen, that batter is to be recorded as ‘Retired – not out’.
Three of the four previous tournament games at the Wankhede have been won by the team batting first, with the exception Australia’s stunning defeat of Afghanistan, where Glenn Maxwell‘s remarkable 201 not out secured a three-wicket victory.
Both unbeaten tournament hosts India and New Zealand were unchanged.
“It looks like a good pitch, on the slower side as well but whatever we do, we know we’ve got to do that well,” said opening batsman Rohit at the toss.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson added: “We would’ve had a bat first as well. It’s obviously a used surface but we’ll try to make use of it with the ball first up and hopefully there’s some dew later.”
Before the game got underway, India cricket icon Tendulkar and former England football captain Beckham paraded the World Cup trophy.
Beckham is in the country as an ambassador for UNICEF, a role also performed by Tendulkar.
India’s Virat Kohli needs one more century to set an outright new one-day international record of 50 hundreds after he drew level with retired former team-mate Sachin Tendulkar‘s mark of 49 against South Africa.
India won all nine of their pool matches, but were pushed hard by New Zealand during a four-wicket success in Dharamsala last month.
New Zealand, by contrast, lost four games before qualifying for the knockout stages.
Four years ago, the Black Caps defeated India in a World Cup semi-final in Manchester that spanned two days because of rain.
“It was way back in 2019 that we played that semi-final, New Zealand have been one of the most consistent team over the years and it’s going to be a good contest,” said Rohit.
“I’ve been constantly talking about how important it is to turn up on the day and forget what has happened in the past. We have to control the controllables.”
India are bidding for a third one-day international World Cup title to add to their 1983 triumph in England and 2011 victory over Sri Lanka in a Wankhede final.
New Zealand, the finalists at the last two World Cups, have yet to lift the trophy.
Wednesday’s winners will face either five-time champions Australia or South Africa, who meet in Thursday’s second semi-final in Kolkata, in an Ahmedabad final on Sunday.
(With AFP inputs)
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