What has luck got to do with it?

A lot of people have labeled Vaughan’s freak dismissal in the second innings as “unlucky”. Freak dismissal? Yes. Unlucky?? I don’t think so!

I can think of several ways you can get out where the term  unlucky could apply:

  • Umpire giving you out, while you actually are not
  • You got out because of a freakish bounce in the pitch (caused either by a strategically placed jelly bean or because of the general nature of the pitch)
  • The ball ricocheted from a fielder’s helmet and you were out caught
  • You are playing book cricket and you picked a page ending with a zero!

Unfortunately, Vaughan’s dismissal does not fall into any of these categories. It was caused by the fact that he did not play the shot properly or the ball was quicker than he expected. Or both.


12 responses to “What has luck got to do with it?

  1. Vaughan made difficult India’s win. I think he had capability to get the player of the match prize.

  2. Mahesh,

    A batsman can not be given out if the ball ricochets of a fielder’s helmet–but the ball is in play, meaning a RUN OUT can happen. However, if the ball ricochets of an umpire or a fielder or a batsman’s helmet, it is OUT.

  3. My response was in relation to OUT CAUGHT

  4. I totally agree with you.

    It doesn’t matter if the ball deflects of the bat, inside edge, boots, pads, thigh guard, gloves, helmet…or the jelly bean strategically placed 🙂 .

    The bottom line is, he could not play the delivery, and was beaten by the bowler.

    Luck has nothing to do with it.

  5. Come on, there have been some unlucky outs –

    do you remember how Sachin got at Mumbai against Australia in 2001 ?

    A full blooded pull of a long hop of an off spinner. Hits the forward short leg on the shin guard or something like that and ricochets, and bounces high to short mid wicket. Ricky Ponting takes a diving, spectacular catch. Sachin is totally speechless.

    Runner backing up and a hard straight drive hitting the non-striker’s wicket and touching the bowler ‘s hand ?

  6. Sampath Kumar – I stand corrected. Off his shoulder then 🙂

    But, What about the incident gmbmdr is referring to?? Surely all protective gear (including fielder’s helmet) should be considered part of the fielder? I am not questioning your statement, which I believe to be true – but only Law 32.

  7. Mahesh,

    There are a number of inconsistencies in Laws of Cricket–but mostly based on fairness

    Fielder’s helmet is considered as different from a batsman’s helmet for purposes of run out or catches—if it comes of a fielder’s helmet, it has to be touched by a fielder before being given run out
    Re shin guards–it is considered as an internal protection and not an external one–hence sachin was out–as the ball had come of the batsman’s boot, then the fielder-s shin and caught without yhe ball touching the ground at any time
    If the ball hits a helmet placed behind the keeper–the ball is automatically DEAD–the batting side gets 5 PENALTY runs.

    If a fielder fields with a cap in hand or throws the cap on the ground while chasing a ball and the throw hits the cap–again 5 PENALTY runs

    However, if the ball hits a bowler’s marker disc–no penalty run–as it is LEGALLY placed there!!!!

    A ball can accidentally come off a keeper’s pads and hit the stumps–and if the batsman is out of ground–can be stumped or run out as the case may be

  8. What, I believe, Indian batsmen could expect in the III test.

    If we carefully pondered the three wickets that we lost on the final day of our glorious march to victory, all the three scapls were to Tremlett’s credit.
    The last two wickets were done by well directed high rising deliveries ( Karthik a fiery, bouncy ball to his shoulder and Tendulkar a bouncy delivery to his rib case).
    David Gower in his post match sum up, metnioned about Oval producing more bounce ( like a tennis ball).
    I wonder whether that would be the strategy of England. They realised Indian batsmen negotiated swing bowling farily well by playing late and letting go prudently.
    It may worthwhile our batsmen practice negotiating so called “chin music” before the next test.

  9. Actually, Vaughan got himself into a similar tangle, not once, but twice, earlier in his innings. So, I’m inclined to think that he wasn’t as desperately unlucky as has been made out.

  10. sampath kumar

    A few more explanations for poor vaughan

    Murphy’s Law!!

    Bad balls get good wickets!!!

    There is more than one way to skin a cat!!

    Got out of the wrong side of bed!!

    Only Indians can do the Nataraja shot –made famous by Gavaskar and improvised by G Greenidge!!–and get away with it!!

  11. I thought it was made famous by Kapil Dev

  12. sampath kumar

    Now that Kapil Ji is the CEO of ICL, I have erased all memories of him–hence I went for Gavaskar Bhai and Calypso Gordon!!

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