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Watch: Mushfiqur Rahim Out in Rare 'Handled the Ball' Dismissal during BAN vs NZ Test
Published : Dec 6, 2023, 4:48 pm IST
Updated : Dec 6, 2023, 4:48 pm IST
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Mushfiqur Rahim News: BAN vs NZ Test
Mushfiqur Rahim News: BAN vs NZ Test

Mushfiqur Rahim Makes Unusual Exit, Becomes First Bangladeshi Player Dismissed 'Handled the Ball'

Mushfiqur Rahim News: In a rare and unusual turn of events during the first day of the second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand, experienced cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim found himself on the wrong end of a peculiar dismissal, becoming the first Bangladeshi player ever to be dismissed 'handled the ball.'

The incident occurred during an over from New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson when Rahim, the wicket-keeper batter, used his hands to divert the ball while standing around the stumps. Rahim, known for this stance, was ruled out for handling the ball, a dismissal rarely seen in international cricket.

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Rahim's tally of 35 runs from 83 balls came to an unexpected end as he joined a select group of cricketers, including Mohinder Amarnath, Mohsin Khan, Michael Vaughan, who have faced a similar fate in the history of the game. The surprising aspect for fans on social media was that the ball wasn't even heading towards the stumps before Rahim intervened with his hands.

The decision was referred to the third umpire, who upheld the on-field decision in favor of the bowling team, adding to the rarity of the dismissal. Handling the ball dismissals are infrequent, and Rahim became the 11th player globally to be sent back to the pavilion for this specific reason.

According to the rulebook, a batsman is out 'Handled the ball' if he wilfully touches the ball with a hand or hands not holding the bat, unless with the consent of a fielder. Rahim's unconventional exit baffled fans, especially considering the ball's trajectory wasn't threatening the stumps.

The dismissal brought attention to the unique rule, emphasizing that the bowler does not receive credit for this type of dismissal. As Rahim's exit continues to spark discussions, it adds a memorable chapter to the ongoing Test series between Bangladesh and New Zealand.

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