After the previous wicket fell two minutes earlier, the batter was not prepared to face his first delivery.
Angelo Mathews, an all-rounder from Sri Lanka, was timed out for the first time in the history of international cricket on Monday morning.
In his nation’s World Cup group stage match against Bangladesh in Delhi, Mathews was the unfortunate recipient of the infrequent dismissal.
Within two minutes of the previous batter being removed, new hitters are required to be prepared to face their first ball according to the ICC’s playing standards for the tournament.
After Sadeera Samarawickrama was out in the 25th over of Sri Lanka’s innings, Mathews came to the crease at number six, but it seemed like he was having trouble fastening his helmet, which caused him to be slow to take his guard.
After Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan filed a contentious appeal and then declined to retract it, Mathews was sent off despite his protests to the umpires.
According to MCC Laws, new hitters get three minutes to prepare for their first ball; however, under World Cup regulations, this time is reduced, and in T20 matches, it is typically set at ninety seconds.
However, in actuality, there are very few instances of the dismissal being carried out—just six in the history of first-class cricket, and Mathews’s is the first in 146 years of international cricket.