Derby, Sep 23: India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara today was given out "handled the ball" while playing for Derbyshire against Leicestershire in the County Championship Division Two match. He is the first Indian batsman to be dismissed in this way in first-class cricket.
On Tuesday, the opening day of the four-day match, Pujara was given out "handled the ball" for 6 (21 balls, 28 minutes, 1x4) at the County Ground in Derby, "BBC" reported.
"India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been given out "handled the ball" on the opening morning of Derbyshire's County Championship Division Two game against Leicestershire at Derby," the report said.
"His dismissal in the 20th over left Derbyshire on 62/3, having been put in by their East Midlands neighbours.
The last instance of a player being given out handled the ball in England was Karl Krikken, playing for Derbyshire against India on the same ground in 1996," the report added.
This was the 59th instance of "handled the ball" dismissal in first-class cricket. In international cricket, there have been 9 "handled the ball" dismissals. India's Mohinder Amarnath was given out for handling the ball in a ODI against Australia in 1986 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
What the Law says
LAW 33 (HANDLED THE BALL)
1. Out Handled the ball
The striker is out Handled the ball if, except in the circumstances of 2 below, in the act of playing a ball delivered by the bowler, he wilfully strikes the ball with a hand not holding the bat. This will apply whether No ball has been called or not and whether it is the first strike or a second or subsequent strike.
The act of playing the ball shall also encompass both playing at the ball and striking the ball more than once in defence of his wicket.
2. Not out Handled the ball
Notwithstanding 1 above,
(a) the striker will not be out Handled the ball if the strike with a hand not holding the bat is in order to avoid injury.
(b) the striker will not be out Handled the ball but will be liable to be out Obstructing the field if he makes a strike with a hand not holding the bat
(i) unless trying to avoid injury, as a lawful second or subsequent strike which prevents a catch. See Law 37.3 (Obstructing a ball from being caught).
(ii) unless trying to avoid injury, after he has completed the act of playing the ball, as defined in 1 above.
(iii) at any time while the ball is in play, to return the ball to any fielder, without the consent of a fielder. See Law 37.4 (Returning the ball to a fielder).
3. Bowler does not get credit
The bowler does not get credit for the wicket.