During the recent cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium, a rather amusing incident took place that caught the attention of fans and netizens. Umpires play a crucial role in ensuring that the rules of the game are upheld, and they need to make accurate decisions in real-time. In this particular instance, when the umpire, Chris Brown, signaled byes, Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer attempted to persuade him to change those byes into runs.
India had a remarkable batting performance, led by Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli, who scored 92 and 88 runs, respectively, after being put into bat by Sri Lanka. Shreyas Iyer, whose previous World Cup performances had been somewhat lackluster, was in top form during this match. He played a remarkable innings, scoring 82 runs from just 56 balls, contributing to India’s total of 357 runs. While Iyer was showcasing his batting prowess, there was a lighthearted moment when he decided to have some fun with umpire Chris Brown.
In the penultimate ball of the 45th over, Iyer, in the midst of his aggressive batting display, attempted to guide a yorker from Maheesh Theekshana towards the left of the wicket-keeper. It seemed like he didn’t make contact with the ball, but the ball evaded Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kusal Mendis and raced away for four byes behind the keeper. The umpire, believing that the ball hadn’t touched Iyer’s bat, signaled four byes. However, Iyer quickly responded with a cheeky smile, signaling to the umpire that he had indeed hit the ball. As Iyer took a single and switched ends, Brown seemed to raise his hand in acknowledgment of his mistake.
This amusing incident didn’t go unnoticed by fans and netizens, who took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the incident, making it a memorable moment in the match.
Check Twitter Reacts to Shreyas Iyer’s Witty Umpire Interaction
— Shamsi sinha (@SSinha23546) November 2, 2023
— sivin (@Sivin48788766) November 2, 2023
Cheeka said sreyas Iyer is a gd batter for ordinary bowling, ordinary batter for gd bowling
— Victory Vinoth (@VictoryVinoth1) November 2, 2023
— Ashab Sir (@ashabsir786) November 2, 2023
@rahuldravid_ind Please advise Sreyas Iyer to waste his talent like a scholl kid.
— R S Vidya sagar (@sagar_udaya) November 2, 2023