Often, one glaring mistake on the big stage can be enough to put an irreversible stain on a player’s career. Odean Smith became the latest to face the shadow after snatching a crucial wicket against Ireland which was then ruled without a ball, robbing his side of a chance to come back.
West Indies suffered another upset in the ongoing World T20 Down Under, falling to a 9 wicket loss to Ireland at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Friday. The result sealed their elimination from the tournament, which is a moment of great humiliation for the two-time champions considering their past accolades. However, the Caribbean side have only themselves to blame for the result, having made one huge mistake after another, allowing Ireland to dominate the game from start to finish. The state of their game was perfectly summed up in an incident in the 12th that effectively quit them to win at least morally and arguably in every practical sense as well.
After setting a lower target at 147, the Irish fly-half used the power play to full effect to make it 64/0, a record in the current tournament so far. However, Akeal Hossein offered them a glimpse of hope by getting rid of the dangerous Andy Balbirinie and Odean Smith had the perfect opportunity to put the pressure on in his second spell in the 12th as Ireland still needed 40 good points to win. After getting a thick edge earlier in the over, Smith looked fired up with Lorcan Tucker striking on the fourth ball. The pacer hit a deadly short, catching the batter off guard and forcing him into a desperate pull. The ball looped high and resulted in an easy catch for Smith who tossed the ball fiercely to the ground in frustration even as the team gathered around him in muted celebrations.
However, Tucker was amusingly asked to wait on the ropes instead of heading for the dugout, as the referees suspected that Smith’s front foot had gone past the crease. Lo and behold, the third referee confirmed those doubts, and not only Smith and West Indies were deprived of a wicket, but also penalized an extra run and a free kick for the opposition. Disappointment at the decision was etched on the faces of the entire Caribbean squad, including Odean Smith who simply rolled back his eyes well aware of the glaring mistake he had made. The internet only added to his misery with harsh words for the all-rounder, while some opted to see the lighter side of the incident which ultimately resulted in Ireland’s victory.
When it all goes south
CRICKET WORLD CUP T20
🇮🇪 Ireland vs 🌴 West Indies
[11.4 overs / Ireland Innings]
Lorcan Tucker got a reprieve after Odean Smith threw a ‘No Ball’
Image Credits: Astro Cricket pic.twitter.com/OcAnFO0AyV
— 🇬🇧🇺🇦 VWH Portsmouth | Solidarity with Ukraine (@VWHPortsmouth) October 21, 2022
Odean Smith got a wicket on a NO BALL!
Lorcan Tucker recalled to the field!
Nothing is going well in the West Indies today!
2 times champions on the verge of being eliminated without qualifying for the Super 12 stage!#WIvIRE#T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HFgbginyOx
— Nilesh G (@oye_nilesh) October 21, 2022
Selectors I guess
Lol Odean Smith takes Tucker on a No Ball, quite symbolic of how the Windies campaign has gone here, such a frustrating sight for Windies fans
—Yashraj (@yashhitange) October 21, 2022
Odean blacksmith 😭😭😒
— kirat.13 (@gs251313) October 21, 2022
Why tf Odean Smith so bad 😭😭
— Sujoy Das 🇧🇩 (@sujoyxx) October 21, 2022
He is not
Odean Smith does not mature
— Anju-juju (@Andyfurato1) October 21, 2022
Dramatic drama..Odean Smith takes a wicket and it’s a no ball. Of course what did you expect from Odean 👎 hit a massive six tucker cmon
— Archer (@posearcher) October 21, 2022
Apt. Odean Smith takes a wicket and it’s a no ball. It’s just poetic justice for the way they played this World Cup. Jai Mata Di.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 21, 2022
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