'Bad civil engineering?': Twitterati dumbstruck after sun stops play at McLean Park during India vs New Zealand ODI

Rain often disrupts cricket, but in New Zealand it was the sun that forced players off the field on Wednesday during the one-day international between New Zealand and India and it left the Twitteratti dumbstruck.

FirstCricket Staff, Jan 23, 2019 13:40:20 IST

Rain often disrupts cricket, but in New Zealand it was the sun that forced players off the field on Wednesday during the one-day international between New Zealand and India.

The sun, shining down the Napier wicket, was too bright for batsmen, fielders and umpires, and senior umpire Shaun George took the players off the field with India 44 for one in reply to New Zealand's 157.

Bad civil engineering?: Twitterati dumbstruck after sun stops play at McLean Park during India vs New Zealand ODI

India's captain Virat Kohli (L) walks from the field with teammate Shikhar Dhawan after the fierce setting sun halted play during the first ODI. AFP

"Everyone is being protected," George said, adding it was the first time in 40 years he had experienced play called off because of the sun.

The match resumed once the sun went behind the grandstand. As always, Twitter was abuzz and at the same time dumbstruck and here's how the Twitterati reacted to the bizarre stoppage.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Jan 23, 2019 13:40:20 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252