Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The ‘timed out’ controversy involving former Sri Lanka captain and veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews is not dying down any more.

During a high-stake match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday, when Mathews was making his way to the crease, Trent Boult and Kane Williamson decided to share some light-hearted moments with the Sri Lankan cricketer.

Both the Kiwi players playfully inquired about Mathews’ helmet strap, resulting in a smile from the Sri Lankan all-rounder.

The light moment shared on the pitch between these players, despite the competitive nature of the game, underlines the spirit of sportsmanship that cricket is known for. It’s moments like these that make cricket not only a fierce contest but also a sport that brings people together.

Notably, Mathews had recently become the first player in international cricket to be dismissed timed out during a game against Bangladesh in Delhi. 

The controversial incident occurred when Mathews’ helmet strap broke just as he was about to face Shakib Al Hasan. He urgently called for a new helmet. However, the time ran out before he could get back to the crease. Shakib appealed to the on-field umpires for a timed out decision, despite Mathews’ pleas.