India tasted defeat in the first T20I match against the West Indies, which was played at Brian Lara Cricket Academy Stadium. Apart from India’s defeat, there was a game-changing moment that caught the eyes of the spectators. It all happened in the ultimate over of the match, when India required 10 runs to claim the victory. Kuldeep Yadav and Arshdeep Singh were on the crease when, in the first ball of the last over, Romario Shepherd bowled out Kuldeep Yadav and left him to bat at number 10. Yuzvendra Chahal entered the field, but soon he recognized the noises coming from the dugout, which were ordering him to come back so that debutant Mukesh Kumar could bat at number 10.
Yuzvendra Chahal started rushing towards dugout, but he was stopped by on-field umpires because, as per the ICC rules, if a player enters the field to bat after a fall of wicket, he can’t go back to let somebody else come in his place, due to which Yuzvendra Chahal had to face the bowler in the last over, and he took a single in the first delivery he faced to bring Arshdeep back on strike. Despite trying his best to hit boundaries like he did in the penultimate over, he couldn’t do it this time and got out in the second last ball of the over.
Debutant Mukesh Kumar came to the crease when India required a six in the last ball, but he was only able to score a single in the last delivery, and India lost the match by 4 runs. Even If Mukesh Kumar came before Yuzvendra Chahal, the result wouldn’t be any different, but looking at the stats of List A and domestic cricket, he has the potential to hit some boundaries. Nevertheless, India needs to focus on the next game to equalize the score.
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