A lot happened in the cricketing world in the year 2019. From England being crowned as the world champions for the first time to scraping of the controversial boundary count rule to spot-fixing scandal in KPL and TNPL, the fans witnessed all the highs and the lows. Here’s a list of some disappointing moments from the game this year.
MS Dhoni run-out
If MS Dhoni’s age is taken into consideration, the 2019 World Cup was his last of the format. Almost all the cricket fans would have loved to see him lift the trophy but this didn’t really happen. India were knocked out of the World Cup 2019 after losing to New Zealand in the semi-final.
The match was played in a span of two days due to rain. New Zealand after batting first scored 239/8 in 50 overs. Looking at Indian batting line-up, the money was on the Men in Blue but Matt Henry and Trent Boult turned the game on his head. Henry scalped openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul while Boult sent Virat Kohli packing.
The trio scored 1 run each to leave India tottering at 5/3. Kohli’s side was then reduced to 92/6 when Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni steadied the ship. The two put 116 runs for the seventh wicket before Jadeja was undone by Boult for 77.
Dhoni was still at the crease and so were India’s hopes alive. But the fans were soon left shell-shocked as a direct hit from Martin Guptill from the deep sent Dhoni back in the hut. India were bundled out for 221 to lose the match by 18 runs.
New Zealand’s defeat at WC 2019 final
This was probably the most disappointing match for any cricket fan. The ICC had introduced the boundary-count rule for the first time in the 50-over format.
New Zealand batted first and scored 241/8 in 50 overs and later bowled out England for 241 to take the game in the Super Over. The Super Over too ended in a tie but England won the match on boundary count.
Spot-fixing scandal in KPL and TNPL
The Karnataka Premier League and Tamil Nadu Premier League came under scanner after a spot-fixing scandal was unfolded.
*The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police searched the residence of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) secretary Santosh Menon in connection to the KPL spot-fixing scandal at the Sadashivanagar residence.
*The Karnataka State Cricket Association committee member Sudhendra Shinde was arrested by the Crime Branch Unit of Bangalore Police arrested according to a report in The Indian Express.
*The Bangalore crime branch had arrested “international cricket bookie”, Sanyam Gulati in KPL match-fixing investigation according to a report in The Indian Express. “International bookie Sanyam has been arrested. He is a resident of Haryana. He was absconding in the West Indies. LoC was issued. He is arrested in the case of match-fixing done by Bhavesh Bafna,” the Bengaluru crime branch police said on Sunday.
*The bowling coach of Karnataka Premier league franchise Bengaluru Blasters, Vinu Prasad, and Hubli Tigers’ wicketkeeper-batsman M Vishwanathan were arrested by Crime Branch Unit (CCB) Bangalore Police for involvement in the illegal betting case during the 2018 season according to a report in The Indian Express.
*In the latest update, a TNPL match between Tuti Patriots and Madurai Panthers saw a betting of a sum of around 24 million pounds (about Rs 225 crore) on the international site Betfair this year according to a report in The Indian Express.