If you thought New Zealand had been the unfortunate ones after shedding the third T20I to India in Super Over on Wednesday then spare some thought for former New Zealand wicket-keeper-turned commentator Ian Smith. In final 7 months, New Zealand have lost all three Super Overs they’ve been an element of in restricted overs cricket and in all three of these Ian Smith was in the commentary field.
Cricketers and additionally the ones describing their on-subject exercise throughout dwell broadcast is probably not a agency believer of it however the New Zealand-Ian Smith Super Over outcomes power even the most rational ones to consider the‘commentator’s curse’ not less than as soon as.
It all began when New Zealand ended up second finest as a result of of the controversial boundary rely rule – which was later revoked – towards England in the ODI World Cup 2019 closing. It continued to Eden Park, Auckland when the same two sides met in a T20I in November final yr with New Zealand as soon as once more shedding the Super Over. On Friday at Hamilton, the same factor was repeated as India beat New Zealand in dramatic circumstances in the Super Over.
Apart from the likes of Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner – who had been half of all three Super Over defeats – commentator Ian Smith too made his presence felt in the commentary field.
The stress of the Super Over was such that Smith even went on to say that he has lost some years of his life as a result of of them.
“If this Super Over ends in a tie, I’m retired. I’ve lost my years of life (calling three super overs in just over six months), but I love it. I absolutely love it,” Smith stated whereas commentating.
As destiny would have it, the match didn’t want one other Super Over as Rohit Sharma hit two huge sixes off Tim Southee when 10 runs had been wanted off 2 balls to seal the match and the sequence – India’s first ever T20I sequence in New Zealand.
“Super Overs aren’t really our friends. To be honest we would have liked to get across the line earlier and not in the Super Over. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t get past the line,” stated a disenchanted Williamson at the submit-match press convention.
“It is pretty disappointing to be on the wrong side of the result after doing a lot of hard work. (But) There was a lot of improvement after the first two games,” Williamson added
The two sides meet once more for the fourth T20I at Wellington on Friday.