In the ever-competitive era of cricket, the gentleman's game has witnessed numerous changes. From the advent of new shots by batsmen to the cunning variations of bowlers, cricket as a sport continues to evolve with time. But, 'sun strike' was a term that was not really heard of in cricketing circles (at least not at the international level).
In first of its kind, the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand witnessed the so-called 'sun strike' that halted play at the McLean Park in Napier. After reducing the Kiwis to a 157-run total, a strong batting side like India was not really going to fall behind in their run-chase. But, the loss of Rohit Sharma (11) in the 10th over surely got the hosts interested.
In the 11th over, Shikhar Dhawan was on strike, facing Lockie Ferguson who started off with a wide. But, before the Kiwi pacer could right his wrong, the sun had its say. With the sunlight straight into the eyes of the batsman, the umpires decided to halt play before the players went off the field.January 23, 2019
"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. This is the first time in my 14 years that 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," umpire Shaun Haig explained.
After a brief hold up, the players got back on the field and cricketing action resumed. 'Sun strike' interrupting play is quite common at the McLean Park as it was observed during a Super Smash - New Zealand's domestic T20 competition - fixture earlier in January.
While some were still coming to terms with the 'sun strike', other cricket fans made full use of the unexpected break by creating hilarious memes that thronged the social media.January 23, 2019 January 23, 2019
Cricbuzz reporting play suspended in NZ because of 'sun outrage '. What exactly is going on 250 million km away?— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) January 23, 2019 January 23, 2019
Time for a Nana nap in Napier !! ððð— ð³à¤°à¤¾à¤à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤®à¥à¤°à¥à¤à¤¾ð ð®ð³ (@PmDeshma) January 23, 2019
It's called SUN-STRIKEð¤£ð¥— Abhanshi Kumari (@imAbhAnshi) January 23, 2019
Worrying to see that sun has stopped play.
Once play resumes, hopefully, India will quickly finish this game before moon stops play.
In this condition umpires can go with street rules play only one side,if strike change then batsman have to come take strike those side— Er Santosh Kandpal (@santoshkandpal9) January 23, 2019
Jadoo ko bulao.— Aji Sunte ho ð®ð³âï¸ (@kingslayer112) January 23, 2019
Meanwhile cricket fans pic.twitter.com/MhQR6dexur— Dexter (@meetdspartan) January 23, 2019 January 23, 2019