5 instances of players wasting time on Day 5 of a Test match
One of the most controversial tactics is deliberately wasting time on the final day of a Test match in order to save the game.
Updated - Jul 10, 2020 1:02 pm
Cricket is widely regarded as a gentleman’s game meaning thereby that the players are expected to uphold the values like ethics and sportsmanship and put them before the result of the game.
The co-operative and accommodative aspect of cricket is a significant feature which separates this game from other competitive sports like baseball, football or hockey. Thus, in order to ensure fairness of the game, the players are trusted to compete within the bounds of integrity, honour and other similar virtues.
Be that as it may, cricket is still a competitive a sport and expecting players to sacrifice a match in order to champion the cause of righteousness would be unrealistic. There have been many instances where many cricketers have made departure from these highly admirable virtues in order to save a match for their team. Many of these players were accused of bringing the game into disrepute through various dishonest tactics.
One of the most controversial tactics is deliberately wasting time on the final day of a Test match in order to save the game. Views regarding the fairness and justifiability of such a tactic are highly variable. Many experts and pundits believe that wasting time using such antics is justifiable while others believe that such instances bring ignominy to this coveted sport.
Here are 5 instances where players deliberately wasted time on the final day of a Test match:
1. Niroshan Dickwella- India vs Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, 2017
Perhaps in the most infamous of all the incidents, Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella riled up the Indian audience and players alike with his deliberate time wastage during the first Test match between India and Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in November 2017.
After being outplayed for the initial couple of days, India bounced back strongly and left the Sri Lankan team in tatters. During the last session of the game, the Indian team needed eight wickets for the victory as their southern neighbours were reduced to 8-2 when Dickwella took the matter into his own hands.
He pointed out a no-ball to the umpire due to the presence of more than permissible fielders behind square leg. After this, he engaged in a deliberate banter with the Indian pacer Mohammed Shami which culminated in a heated exchange of words from both the sides. Furthermore, his partner Dasun Shanaka called the physio and killed even more time.
Interestingly, the wicket-keeper batsman conceded that he deliberately wasted time on the final day in order to save the match. He explained the manner and the chain of events which helped him kill time during the last session. However, the matter was put to rest when the Indian captain made peace with the issue and said that he was happy to move on from the incident.