Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni dominated headlines after India's thumping seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the third ODI at Mohali. However, not many, especially those who didn't watch the match, would be aware of a commentator walking out after Kedar Jadhav took his first wicket in the visitors' innings.
The commentator in question is former Black Caps cricketer Scott Styris, who is part of the commentary panel for the ongoing series, who was doing his mic duties alongside Indian cricketer-turned-commentators Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar.
To give you a little context, Jadhav has been a revelation for India in the ODI series, both with ball and bat. In the first one-dayer, he removed Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner off successive deliveries in his very first over, and repeated the first-over-strike in the following game in Delhi as well.
In the third one-dayer, India skipper MS Dhoni decided to bring the Maharashtra all-rounder in the tenth over of the New Zealand innings, which Styris found odd. The latter went on to add that he would walk out of the commentary box, and take the first flight to New Zealand, should Jadhav take a wicket that day.
While he couldn't continue the trend of striking in his very first over, he managed to trap Kane Williamson LBW with a straight delivery in his second. That prompted Styris, albeit in jest, to live up to his promise, and walk out of the room with the words,"It's been a pleasure. I'm outta here."
Both Shastri and Gavaskar did not conceal their amusement after his exit.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2016
Styris however, did return to the box later in the game, and carried out his duty till the end of the match. Guess it is hard for one to actually walk away from the job when a contract is involved.
Styris also took the incident very sportingly on his Twitter account.
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 23, 2016
Published Date: Oct 24, 2016 17:00 PM | Updated Date: Oct 24, 2016 17:00 PM