Watch: Vijay Shankar bowls a weird no-ball; leaves Rishabh Pant and umpires confused
Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Vijay Shankar might have bowled the worst ball of his cricketing career as he totally lost the grip while delivering the ball to Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant. During the 5th ball of the 13th over, Vijay Shankar bowled a head-high no-ball to Rishabh Pant.
The delivery not only confused the Delhi Capitals captain but also the on-field umpires who took some time to declare it as a 'no-ball'. Vijay Shankar's moon-ball left even the cricket fraternity perplexed. The netizens took to their Twitter handles and came up with different opinions on the strange delivery.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant was confused as he waited for the ball before mistiming a pull-shot to long-on for just 1 run. The video of the incident spread like wildfire across social media platforms. Netizens were of the view that Rishabh Pant used his forehand just like Rafael Nadal.
Vijay Shankar's head-high ball leaves the umpire confused
Meanwhile, the on-field umpire identified as Chris Gaffaney was confused with Vijay Shankar's delivery. He was not at all sure as to how to react to that sort of delivery. The game was paused for a while as he had a brief chat with his fellow on-field umpire and then declared it a no-ball for height.
Meanwhile, the opposition captain David Warne was not happy with the decision where he tried to convince the on-field umpire to call it a dead-ball in the first place. However, Warner's effort went in vain as the on-field umpire made his final judgement already.
Since it was declared a no-ball, the next ball was a free hit and Australia's best batsman Steve Smith was on strike. The former Australian captain showcased his batting brilliance by hitting a magnificent switch hit for a boundary. In the end, Delhi Capitals managed to score 159/4 in their quota of 20 overs. Prithvi Shaw top-scored with 53 off 39 balls