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Top 5 Controversies of ICC World Cup 2023


ICC World Cup  •  14 Nov, 2023  •  48,539 Views  •  ⭐ 4.6

Written by Anand Swami


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The 2023 Cricket World Cup has been rife with controversies, capturing headlines and stirring debates among fans and experts alike. From unprecedented dismissals to disputed umpiring decisions, this tournament has had it all. One of the most notable incidents was Angelo Mathews' historic 'timed-out' dismissal. But this is just one of several contentious moments that have marked the tournament. Let's delve into the top five controversies that have defined the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

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Angelo Mathews' Historic 'Timed-Out' Dismissal

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In a never-before-seen incident in international cricket, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka faced a 'timed-out' dismissal for being late to the crease. This occurred during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in a match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi, on November 6. Mathews was due to bat following the fall of Sadeera Samarawickerama’s wicket. However, the World Cup's playing conditions, which override the standard laws of cricket, stipulate that a batter must be ready to face the next delivery within two minutes of the previous wicket falling.

Mathews exceeded this timeframe, taking more than three minutes to prepare for his first ball. Consequently, upon appeal, he was declared out, marking the first instance in the history of international cricket, for both men and women, where a player was dismissed under the 'timed out' rule.

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Controversy Over Non-Wide Call in Virat Kohli’s Century Chase

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In a match that will be remembered for its controversial umpiring decision, Indian batsman Virat Kohli scored his first century of the World Cup against Bangladesh. The moment of contention arose when Kohli, needing three runs to complete his century and India just two runs short of victory, faced a delivery from Bangladesh spinner Nasum Ahmed. Ahmed's ball, directed on the leg side, bypassed Kohli as he altered his stance, and it passed through to the wicketkeeper. This led to visible frustration from Kohli, as there was a widespread perception that Ahmed had intentionally bowled down the leg side to prevent Kohli from achieving his 48th ODI century.

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