Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah recently revealed that they planted 42,000 saplings for the 84 dot balls during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 Qualifier 1 clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT) which was played at the MA Chidambaram, stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.

Earlier, BCCI had decided to plant 500 trees for every dot ball in the qualifier stage of IPL 2023. Shah took to Twitter to confirm the new initiative from the governing body in relation to the tournament.  

Fans were surprised to see a ‘tree’ emoji being shown in place of the normal dots whenever a dot ball was bowled during the clash. Later, Harsha Bhogle, on commentary, cleared the air about the change and revealed that the step was a part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s green initiative.

There were 84 dot balls bowled in the first Qualifier and for that BCCI has planted 42,000 saplings.

While CSK bowled 50 dot balls, GT produced 34 in the qualifier 1. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja bowled the most dot balls (12) as he returned with an impressive figure of 2-18.

Shah expressed his gratitude to the bowlers for bowling as many as 84 dot balls during the all-important match.