In a remarkable and rather unfortunate turn of events during the ICC World Cup 2023 match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, veteran batsman Angelo Mathews etched his name into the record books for an unusual reason.
As reported by Hindustan Times, Mathews became the first batsman in the history of the One Day International (ODI) World Cup to be dismissed through a "timed out".
This uncommon dismissal unfolded when Mathews came to the crease after the departure of Sadeera Samarawickrama in the 24th over of the match.
However, the Sri Lankan cricketer encountered a peculiar predicament when he arrived at the crease with the incorrect helmet.
Under cricketing laws, a batsman is required to be prepared to face the delivery within three minutes of reaching the crease.
In Mathews' case, he claimed that the strap on his helmet had broken, causing the delay.
Despite his explanation, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan and his team chose not to withdraw their appeal, leading to Mathews being ruled out due to a timed-out dismissal.
This unusual incident not only marked a historical moment in the ODI World Cup but also made Mathews the first batter to experience such a dismissal in men's international cricket.
While record books will forever document this unique occurrence, it serves as a reminder of the unpredictable and intriguing moments that cricket can deliver on the field.
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