The Feroz Shah Kotla (now Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium) ground in the national capital Delhi is very famous. Many historical matches have been held at this ground. Anil Kumble’s feat of taking 10 wickets in one innings against Pakistan is also on this ground.
The Feroz Shah Kotla (now Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium) ground in the national capital Delhi is very famous. Many historical matches have been held at this ground. Anil Kumble’s feat of taking 10 wickets in one innings against Pakistan is also on this ground. This ground is an unforgettable memory for many team India cricketers. But the incident that happened on this ground 13 years ago put Indian cricket to shame. Going into the details… it was 27 December 2009. India and Sri Lanka teams came to Kotla Stadium to play an ODI match. The whole stadium was already buzzing with the whistles and shouts of the fans. Both India and Sri Lanka have entered the field. When Sri Lanka came to bat.. Team India’s bowlers received the ball. But I don’t know what happened but the ball is not meeting anyone’s expectations. No matter how controlled the bowlers throw the ball, it bounces in a strange way. Legs and hands of Sri Lankan batters are getting hit. The then Indian captain MS Dhoni also had to struggle to catch the ball. As the match progressed, both teams realized that their lives were in danger.
The umpires stopped the match after 23.3 overs due to the dangerous nature of the pitch. Elbows, shoulders and fingers of the Sri Lankan players have already been hit. Team India’s legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar criticized the pitch saying that it looks like someone has done a hair transplant and there is a gap in the middle. Due to this, the BCCI Ground and Wicket Committees were disbanded. Usually such pitches are banned for a period of time. However, some matches in the 2011 World Cup were held here. In this match, Zaheer Khan bowled opener Upul Tharanga on the very first ball and gave India a good start. After that, Tillaratne Dilshan was hit on the elbow by Ashish Nehra’s ball. Sanath Jayasuriya was also hit in many places.
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