WATCH: Shimron Hetmyer funnily out handled the ball in WI domestic


West Indies batter Shimron Hetmyer was involved in a rarest of rare form of dismissal on Tuesday (February 15). The left-hander was given out obstructing the field, as he tried to tap the ball away from the stumps with his hand at the batting end.

The incident came to light during one of the first-round fixtures in West Indies’ regional first-class competition in Port of Spain. Taking on the Leeward Islands for Guyana, Hetmyer was facing right-arm quick Jeremiah Louis for his first ball at the crease.

The left-hand batter comfortably defended a short of a length delivery from the backfoot but just then the drama unfolded. The ball hit the turf and bounced in line with the stumps, threatening to dislodge them and inflict a dismissal out of the blue.

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Shimron Hetmyer was given out handling the ball.

Shimron Hetmyer gets out obstructing the field

This is when the instincts took over Shimron Hetmyer, who took evasive action and rather than using his bat to tap that ball away from the stumps, brought his left hand to use.

With that amounting to an act of obstructing the field, Leeward Islands fielders immediately went up in appeal and the batter was given out by the standing on-side umpire.

The reflex action cost Hetmyer his wicket and he had to make the long walk back to the pavillion after having faced just one delivery.

The clip of the incident went viral and through it, one can see that when he turned his back towards the bowler, the young batter perhaps realised the mistake he had just made and felt angst at himself. But by then the matter had escalated too far and he had to accept the umpire’s decision.

The four-day championship is important for Shimron Hetmyer as he tries to forge a strong comeback into the West Indies Test and limited-overs outfit after being left out over form and fitness concerns.

The 25-year-old has played 16 Tests, 47 ODIs and 42 T20Is for the Calypso Kings but isn’t part of the ongoing tour of India. He last played an international game near the end of the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE.


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