- Tennis ball cricket is big in countries like India and other Asian countries
- Is played by people of all ages and skill levels
- He regularly throws up village moments, like this ridiculous take
A cricketer made an incredible catch in one of India’s domestic championships by using his back to catch the ball – but fans are wondering if he should have been credited for the incredible catch.
The incident took place during the Kerala Premier League, a televised competition where a tennis ball is used instead of a cricket ball.
KCSA Calicut faced KPA 123 in round 11 of the league and KPA were well in control with four wickets already down for just 10 runs.
Suddenly, KCSA batsman K. Abhilash was left in disbelief as he headed the ball towards diving KPA wicketkeeper Mamu, who popped the ball when it hit the ground, only for it to it lands in the middle of his back.
“Incredible scenes, the big man behind the stumps, Mamu, he holds the ball with his back, an incredible catch or an incredible save or an incredible scene, what is it? Oh my!’ said the shocked commentator.
The wicketkeeper appeared to have pulled off an impressive dive, but the ball came loose as it hit the ground.
He had to stand still with the ball still on his back so a defensive player could snatch it and claim the throw-in.
The scene has since gone viral, with cricket fans equally impressed and amused by the unique dismissal.
“The use of a tennis ball and the commentator suggesting there was ‘something on it’ but he can’t be sure because he wasn’t looking, might just put this in the top three clips the most village people ever,” he said. viewer posted.
However, some believe that the wicketkeeper should not be awarded the catch under the laws of cricket, even though these apply even to the tennis ball version of the sport.
The catch should not be awarded to the goalkeeper because he does not have control of the ball. Instead, it should be awarded to the defensive player who collected it behind the goalkeeper’s back,” suggested one viewer.
“But is this HIS trap? Or is it the guy who picks it up on his back? Referees around? I need to know,” another asked.
Tennis ball cricket has taken off in countries like India as expensive balls, pads and helmets are not required, making it an accessible game.
Tennis ball cricket faces unique challenges, such as pausing play so a tractor can drive across the field (pictured)
Tennis ball cricket, a game similar to traditional cricket, has a long history in India and other Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Hong Kong, Thailand and Kenya .
Its exact origin in India remains uncertain, but the Tennis Ball Cricket Federation of India (TBCFI) was established in 1982 by the late NU Siddiqui to promote the sport.
It has since exploded and been described as “the true spirit of India”.
Players do not need pads, helmets or other expensive equipment and many young players even compete without shoes.
The game initially gained popularity in Mumbai, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar due to its affordable price and shorter duration.
Floodlit matches have added excitement to the sport, which is now played by both men and women.
TBCFI gained recognition from the Government of India in 1999 and continues to organize national championships and tournaments for different age groups.