From animals like dogs, snakes, and cats among others entering the field to dust storms and hail storms causing disruptions, cricket matches over the years have been put to a halt due to a wide array of reasons and something similar unfolded on Sunday, October 22, when the India versus New Zealand World Cup clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala witnessed an abrupt disruption when heavy fog surrounded the entire ground.
The fog was so dense that it forced the players from both teams to leave the ground as both the on-field umpires Adrian Holdstock of South Africa and Michael Gough of England decided to stop play due to a significant reduction in visibility.
India were batting on 100 for the loss of two wickets with Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli batting in the middle. Iyer swivelled to play a pull shot off Lockie Ferguson and the ball beat a diving Trent Boult to go past the boundary line and that’s when the two on-field umpires came together and came to a conclusion that the visibility was not enough to proceed with the contest and asked the players to make their way off the field.
Bench: Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin
Support Staff: Rahul Dravid, Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey, T Dilip
New Zealand’s Playing XI:
Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Support Staff: Gary Stead, Luke Ronchi, Shane Jurgensen
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