The first ODI of the five-match series between India and New Zealand was halted owing to a strange reason — the players left the field due to excessive sunlight. Shikhar Dhawan was the batsman who went to umpire to talk about the same as he wasn’t able to spot the ball. Later, umpires seemed to agree with his complain and asked the players to walk off the field.
“The setting sun is directly in the eyes of the batsmen. So we got to consider the safety of the players, umpires. So we have decided to suspend play until conditions improve,” umpire Haug said.
“This is the first time in my 14 years I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game.”
However, this is not the first time when match was stopped due to excessive sunlight. During a Super Smash match between Central Stags and Canterbury Kings last week, the play was stopped due to excessive sunlight. In 2018, a match between Kent Spitfires and Essex Eagles in UK was also halted due to sunlight.
India were 43 for 1 chasing 158 against New Zealand when the players walked off the field.
Brief score: New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19).
Some fans had jokes ready when play was suspended at Napier, New Zealand’s McLean Park due to visibility issues caused by