Umpiring is not an easy task as you have to be astute minded and focused all the time along with doing all the maths of field restrictions and over calculations. One can say that Umpiring is a game of angles as every decision that you make on the field is very much dependent on which angle you are standing at. That’s why we have two umpires on the field to cover every minute of the information.
You often see players leaping and flying in the field and sometimes these action-filled moments freeze in our memory for the time immemorial. Sometimes, along with players Umpires are also in urgency while standing on the field and they need to take evasive action to avoid the unwanted.
Such incidents might be the moment of run-outs when the umpires had to sway away from the line of the ball or a straight shot by a batsman that is heading towards the umpire. However, all the umpires are not lucky to save themselves from such embarrassing moments.
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One such moment witnessed in Adelaide, During the 33rd match of the ongoing ninth season of the Big Bash League between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades, umpire Shawn Craig slipped after setting the bails. The incident happened in the Renegades all-rounder Samit Patel’s over when Shawn Craig was going back to square-leg after setting the bails. Craig was trying to peddle back to his position but in the process he went wrong footed and lost his balance and eventually slipping and falling down on the ground.
Looks slippery out there 😂
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Coming to the match, Travis Head, Strikers captain, won the toss and elected to bat and the hosts posted a commendable 173/6 in 20 overs. In the response Renegades didn’t had a great start and eventually folded out for a paltry 110 runs.