India suffer first over-rate offense in over five years

India accused of slow over rate

After a long time team, India suffers from a slow over-rate offense. This offense took place in the 4th T20 international match against New Zealand. Though India won this match, team India was fined for slow over-rate complaints.

What actually happened?

That was the fourth T20 match between India & New Zealand. The match held at Wellington on January 31, 2020. During the match, a complaint against India & the complaint was for slow over-rate. India captain Virat Kohli pleaded responsible to the misdeed. After that, he approved the suggested punishment. So that’s why there was no requirement for a legal hearing. So team India was convicted for slow over-rate & was fined.


For the punishment of slow over-rate, their 40% of match fee was deducted. Team India had fined forty percent of its match at wellington. The on-field umpires Chris Brown & Shaun Haig consulted with the third umpire Ashley Mehrotra & the match referee for this matter. Even if it puts main in blue in a rare spot edge forward, team India will stay still in the fifth position in the ICC T20 international rankings. In ICC rankings, Pakistan is in the 1st place, Australia is in 2nd position, England is in 3rd, South Africa is in the 4th position & India is in the 5th place.

Match details

That was the 4th T20 match between India & New Zealand. In the toss time, New Zealand won the toss & they decided to field first. “We are trying to fasten India within a little run and for that, we will give our 100 percent in bowling & fielding”, New Zealand skipper said that after winning the toss. So in the 1st innings, India came out to bat at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. That day, Rohit Sharma was not playing. So for that reason, Sanju Samson opened with KL Rahul, but Sanju Samson was unable to score runs in this match. He made only 8 runs & KL Rahul made 39 runs in this match after facing 26 balls. Manish Pandey has done a great job in this match. He made 50 runs in 36 deliveries. If we discuss the bowling performance chart of New Zealand, then we can saw that Ish Sodhi took 3 important wickets for his team & gave only 26 runs in his 4 overs with an economy of 6.50. Benette took 2 wickets & Tim Southee, Kuggelejin & Mitchell Santner took 1 wicket. At the end of the 1st innings, India made 165/8 in their 20 overs. After 20 minutes New Zealand   Comes down to bat in response. Martin Guptill & Colin Munro opened for New Zealand. Like Rohit Sharma for India, Kane Williamson was not playing that day for New Zealand also. Martin Guptill was unable to score runs but Colin Munro made 64 runs Seifert made 57 runs. Depending on the stormy innings of these two, New Zealand almost reached the door of victory. New Zealand needed only 7 runs in the last over but in the last over Shardul Thakur had bowled a fantastic over & New Zealand was able to make only 6 runs. At the end of the 2nd innings, New Zealand made 165/7 which made the match tied. Then in super over, Team India beat New Zealand & lead the 5 match series in 4-0. India also won in the previous three matches. In the 3rd t20 international, India beat New Zealand in the super over & the same event happened in this match also.

In this 4th T20 international, India accused in slow over-rate & as the punishment, India’s 40% of match fee was deducted. Such an incident happened first with team India under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.

Previous Punishments & Rules

This is not the first. The same incident has happened before with India. 5 years back, the same incident happened in the Oval Test against Australia in August 2014. That time team India was fined as punishment. Not only in 2014, but the same thing also happened with team India before. Apart from India, such incidents have happened with other teams also like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand. In a test match, the perfect over-rate is 14.28 overs per hour. In the case of T20 matches, each team has to finish 20 overs in 75 minutes. It means each team has to finish 16 overs per hour. 14-15 overs per hour are considered as a suitable over-rate in every format of cricket.  If the over rate is less than 16 per hour, then it is considered as slow over rate. In the case of a test match, each team has to finish 90 overs in 6 hours which is 14.28 overs per hour. If any team cannot complete 14.28 overs in one hour then it will be considered as slow over-rate. After the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli told that they will try to solve this problem from the next match.

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