Cricketers Stand with Divided Opinions on Jiveshan Pillay Controversial Dismissal |

Cricketers stand with divided opinions on Jiveshan Pillay controversial dismissal

Interestingly, the video footages showed that Jiveshan Pillay had no intentions of stopping the ball when in play.

Jiveshan Pillay |
South African player Jiveshan Pillay was given out ‘obstructing the field’ at the U19 World Cup. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The ongoing edition of the ICC U19 World Cup has not been short of any action. While the big moments and brave performances are bagging the limelight, a recent incident has got some of the senior players fuming. Jiveshan Pillay, a South Africa U19 batsman, was given out ‘obstructing the field’ in the match against the West Indies U19.

Interestingly, the video footages showed that Jiveshan Pillay had no intentions of stopping the ball when in play. He simply gave the ball back to the fielders, when he thought the ball was dead. But the Windies camp was in no mood to let the opportunity go. They appealed against Pillay and the batsman was adjudged out on 47.

Speaking on the issue, former cricketer Ian Bishop termed it to be an unfortunate one He remarked that the batsman was clearly not trying to take an advantage. Hence, the law needs to be modified in order to give clearer verdicts in such cases, Bishop opined.

“This is an unfortunate issue. The batsman isn’t trying to gain an advantage. He is not trying to being unfair. The umpires have done what they need to do. The ball has stopped. It’s not threatening the stumps. I don’t really necessarily feel as if that’s a good law. It could take a re-look,” said Ian Bishop to Fox Sports.

“The batsman is not trying to gain an unfair advantage. All he is trying to do is help out the fielding team. I would have to have a deeper look at myself if I was the fielding captain. Can I use some discretion here for the sake of the game and whatever the spirit of the game means? I wouldn’t have gone that way. He’s obviously a bright kid and he understands the letter of the law. On this occasion it’s slightly different for me compared to the last World Cup,” he added further.

South African cricketers stand for Jiveshan Pillay

South African skipper Faf du Plessis and former cricketer Herschelle Gibbs were quick to join in the debate on the social media. They stood firmly by the corner of Jiveshan Pillay. They called it as an absolute joke to be ruling the batsman out in this case.

Some bat against Pillay

Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer, Mitchell Johnson, is of the opinion that the players should follow the rules. He responded back with negation on the tweet that Faf du Plessis had posted. He mentioned that not all laws can be liked, but they have to be followed.

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