Decoding the reasons why Rinku Singh’s match-winning six was not counted? IND vs AUS 1st match T20I series 2023
Recently, many fans started questioning the non-counting match-winning six of Rinku Singh during the first match of the T20I series between India and Australia. After facing a disheartening loss against Australia in the Cricket World Cup 2023 finals, Team India had to undergo a nail-biting contest with a set of young players against the Aussies.
Josh Inglis’s maiden century of 110 runs from 50 balls helped the Aussies set a stiff total against the hosts.
India chasing a mammoth total of 209 runs against Australia, lost both their opening batsmen instantly.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan’s brilliant innings cemented the platform for the youngsters to finish the chase.
Rinku Singh’s 22 runs from 14 balls( including 4 fours), guided his team to reach the target.
Despite the last-ball finish, the omission of Rinku Singh’s match-winning six makes every fan curious to know the reason. Was it the Umprie’s mistakes? Is there any separate law in cricket for not counting the six off the last ball? What happened during the final over of the match?
Decoding the final over of the match helps to provide perfect answers to the above questions in detail…
Non-counting of Rinku Singh’s match-winning six: Sean Abbott’s final over
Team India needed 7 runs from 6 balls! Rinku Singh on strike was ready to face the first ball of the final over bowled by Sean Abbott. India just needed 7 runs to win the match with 5 wickets in hand.
Rinku Singh Smashed a four off the first ball by reducing the equation to 3 runs from 5 balls!
The left-handed batsman failed to hit the shot with timing. But, the Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade fumbled the ball, allowing Rinku Singh to take a single. Team India needed only 2 runs required from just 4 balls!
Axar Patel just needed to play a clever shot at the striker’s end. But, the all-rounder straight away struck the shot which fell into the hands of Sean Abbott. Now, Team India required 2 runs from 3 balls!
Ravi Bishnoi on strike wanted to hit the winning runs for his team. In this attempt, he was desperate to take a quick single but finally ran out at the non-striker’s end without scoring a run. Finally, Rinku Singh was back on strike with the equation of 2 runs from 2 balls! This made the contest much more thrilling.
Rinku Singh shouldered the responsibility of taking his team to the winning total. The left-hander was able to take a quick single but was unable to complete the second run. As a result, Steve Smith and Sean Abbott dismissed Arshdeep Singh at the non-striker end with a run-out. Team India tallied with Australia’s 20 over-score as with the requirement of 1 run from 1 ball!
SIXTH & FINAL BALL: Non-counting of Rinku Singh’s match-winning six
A dot ballwould have resulted in a draw match. But, Rinku Singh decided to finish the match in style by smashing a six. Interestingly, it was a NO BALL!
Sean Abbott stepped over the line and bowled which resulted in conceding an additional run. Moreover, Rinku Singh’s match-winning six was not counted in Team India’s total score and in his personal score as well.
Reasons for non-counting of Rinku Singh’s match-winning six
After the match concluded, the non-counting of Rinku Singh’s match-winning six left both audiences and spectators puzzled. Every cricket fan is curious to know the reason for considering only an extra run from the no-ball.
The answer to the aforementioned question will be clarified to all cricket fans. According to the law of cricket, if a bowler is bowling a no-ball and the batsman smacks a four or a six to score more runs than the required target, what could be the possible chances? Definitely, an extra run only counts from the no-ball during the completing phase of the chases.
Similarly, as Sean Abbott crossed the line with only 1 run required to chase the target, they only considered the extra run for a no-ball.
Under the following circumstances, Rinku Singh’s match-winning six would be definitely considered:
- Without NO-BALL: If Sean Abbott hadn’t crossed the line, Rinku Singh’s match-winning six would have been added to the team’s total as well as to his individual score. Then his score would have been 28 runs from 14 balls.
- WITH NO-BALL: Even if Sean Abbott crossed the line and the final delivery was counted as NO-BALL, Rinku Singh’s match-winning six would have been still considered.
For instance, if India required at least 2 runs from the final delivery and Sean Abbott bowled a no-ball, Rinku Singh’s match-winning six would have been counted.
The team’s total would have been enhanced with his six along with an additional run secured from a no-ball. Also, the six would have been added to Rinku Singh’s personal score sheet.