Strange Dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim during BAN vs NZ 2nd Test 2023

The 2nd test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand commenced on 6th November 2023 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. After New Zealand all-rounder Glenn Phillips’s controversy of applying saliva onto the ball in the first test match, another debate arose on Day 1 in the 2nd test match. This time the strange dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim has become the trending headline in the sport of cricket.

Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto decided to bat first after winning the toss. The young Bangladesh captain hoped to recreate the winning moments of the first test match by again inviting the visitors to bowl first.

Contrarily, Bangladesh couldn’t perform well with the bat similar to the first innings of the first test match.

The Black Caps completely dominated with their bowling attack by restricting the hosts to a total of 172-10 in 66.2 overs. New Zealand Bowlers’ exceptional performance such as Mitchell Santner (65-3 in 28 overs) and Glenn Phillips (31-3 in 12 overs) prevented Bangladesh from reaching a high total once again.

Similarly, Bangladesh gave a counter-attacking response by restricting New Zealand to a total of 55-5 in 12.4 overs at the end of Day 1. Taijul Islam ( 29-2 in 5.4 overs) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (17-3 in 6 overs) ensured that the home fans weren’t disappointed by grabbing wickets instantly.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top-scoring batsman for his team with 35 runs from 83 balls( including 3 fours and 1 six). Indeed, Mushfiqur could have scored the highest runs. But, the right-handed batsman was dismissed in a unique way that marked a collapsing moment for Bangladesh’s batting unit, which they could never recover so easily.

Especially, after Mushfiqur Rahim’s dismissal at 105-5 in 40.4 overs, Bangladesh scored only 68 runs in the remaining 16.2 overs by losing 5 wickets.

Shockingly, the strange dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim occurred after violating the ICC’s laws without having a proper conscious. Unfortunately, Rahim became the first Bangladeshi batsman to get dismissed abnormally.

Strange dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim in the history of Bangladesh cricket:

Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed for obstructing the ball on the field, which was indeed not at all required. The video became viral on social media platforms with netizens trolling the 36-year-old batsman.

Mushfiqur stitched a 57-run partnership with Shahadat Hossain after an early four-wicket collapse of the Bangladesh batsmen. The partnership could have been sustained for a longer time if Mushfiqur wouldn’t have become a victim of a rare dismissal.

The 41st over bowled by Kyle Jamieson marked the strange dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim in the history of Bangladesh cricket.

Mushfiqur Rahim while attempting to defend the ball with the bat, obstructed the ball using his hands standing around the stumps.

The entire New Zealand team appealed after Mushfiqur pushed the ball away with his gloves.

Mushfiqur, in a state of confusion, responded to Kyle Jamieson’s lengthy delivery by obstructing his hand, despite playing a defensive shot.

The on-field umpires verified with the TV umpire Ahsan Raza. Finally, the decision was unfavorable for Mushfiqur after scrutinizing the replay in slow motion that indicated Bangladesh’s batsman obstructing the ball.

Cricket Experts and Fans Reaction

Cricket Experts and Fans Reaction to the Strange Dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim

The home fans were left furious and busted on social media for the unconscious act of Mushfiqur.

According to many experts and cricket fans, the ball wasn’t going to hit the stumps after defending with the bat.

It was an unnecessary action to deliberately handle the ball. Consequently, the Bangladeshi cricketer gifted his wicket easily to the bowling side in a crucial phase of the match.

The strange dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim: A Law in Cricket

In 2017, the law of dismissal was changed from “handling the ball” to “obstructing the field”.

Since, the change in law of dismissal, Mushfiqur Rahim is the first cricketer to get dismissed for obstructing the ball.

Law 37.1.2 in cricket states that a batsman’s dismissal is valid as “obstructing the field”, for receiving the ball through hand rather than the bat to defend their wicket.

The strange dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim makes him join the list of international cricketers

Moreover, Mushfiqur Rahim became the eleventh batsman in international cricket as well as the eighth test cricketer to get dismissed after obstructing the ball.

Earlier, England’s legendary cricketer William Endean was the first batsman to get dismissed for obstructing the ball during the test match against South Africa in 1951.

As a result, the strange dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim makes him join the list in the 11th position along with other international batsmen.

List of Batsmen for Handling the Ball / Obstructing the Field in International Cricket from 1951 to 2023:

Here is the complete list of batsmen obstructing the field in international cricket across all formats from 1951 to 2023:

1.William Russell EndeanSouth AfricaEngland vs South Africa1951Test
2.Andrew HilditchAustraliaAustralia vs Pakistan1979Test
3.Mohsin KhanPakistanPakistan vs Australia1982Test
4.Desmond HaynesWest IndiesWest Indies vs India1983Test
5.Mohinder AmarnathIndiaAustralia vs India1986ODI
6.Graham GoochEnglandEngland vs Australia1993Test
7.Daryll CullinanSouth AfricaSouth Africa vs West Indies1999ODI
8.Steve WaughAustraliaAustralia vs India2001Test
9.Michael VaughanEnglandEngland vs India2001Test
10.Chamu ChibhabhaZimbabweZimbabwe vs Afghanistan2015ODI
11.Mushfiqur RahimBangladeshBangladesh vs New Zealand2023Test