India vs England Test in Mumbai: When Bhuvneshwar Kumar floored umpire Paul Reiffel with ball!

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New Delhi | Updated: December 08, 2016 7:15 PM

Umpire Paul Reiffel was hit on the back of his head by a throw from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The throw was so violent it threw the umpire onto the floor, where he remained for a few minutes! Thereafter, he was forced to leave the field to receive medical attention

Paul Reiffel was hit on back his head by a Bhuvneshwar Kumar throw. (AFP)Paul Reiffel was hit on back his head by a Bhuvneshwar Kumar throw. (AFP)

India vs England Test in Mumbai: In a nasty incident on Day-1 of the fourth Test in Mumbai, on-field umpire Paul Reiffel was hit on the back of his head by a throw from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The throw was so violent it threw the umpire onto the floor, where he remained for a few minutes! Thereafter, he was forced to leave the field to receive medical attention. He received some immediate treatment from the England team doctor, before being taken off to the pavilion. After undergoing a CT scan, the Australian umpire was said to be fine. However, he was advised rest for the day as a precautionary measure.

The incident occurred post-lunch during the 49th over when he was umpiring at square leg position when the ball thrown by Bhuvneshwar from deep square leg hit him ‘bang’ on the back of his head.

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The Australian umpire was replaced by South African Marias Erasmus, who was covering the third umpire’s duty upstairs. Erasmus’ duty was handed over to reserve match official C Shamsuddin (India).

By stumps England had batted itself to a relative position of comfort at 288/5 with Ben Stokes and Jos Butler at the crease. However, India can snatch away the initiative by getting a quick breakthrough tomorrow morning. For India the best bowler was R Ashwin, having taken 4 of the 5 wickets to fall. Captain Virat Kohli’s captaincy has come in for praise as his crucial interventions stopped England from virtually running away with the match.

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