The umpire, identified as Deepak Naiknavare, used his legs to signal a wide delivery and the video of it has gone viral on the internet.
Deepak Naiknavare doing a leg split to signal a wide ball.
In an exceptional example of umpiring, a man from Maharashtra has shown some quirky ways of taking a call in a local cricket tournament in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. The umpire, identified as Deepak Naiknavare, used his legs to signal a wide delivery and the video of it has gone viral on the internet. So much so that former England cricketer Michael Vaughan also shared the video on his official Twitter profile.
The clip shows Deepak umpiring at a match that was being held under the Pandharpur Premier League. After the bowler bowls at the batsman, Deepak can be seen signalling a wide. However, his unique way has left many giggling. Deepak didn’t signal the wide in a normal hand gesture. Instead, he did a handstand and showed the wide with a clean leg split. Incredible, right?
Michael Vaughan thought so too! He shared the video with the caption, “Surely we need to see this chap join the ICC Elite panel”.
Take a look:
Surely we need to see this chap join the ICC Elite panel .. pic.twitter.com/FcugJBgOEn
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 5, 2021
The viral video has been viewed over a million times. People shared several other glimpses of the ‘dancing umpire’. Many expressed how Deepak made the environment on the field a bit livelier with his quirky ways.
Here’s what people had to say:
This is how he signals boundary pic.twitter.com/XUFmeIlH6l
— Rahul Katake (@RahulKatake8788) December 5, 2021
He is very famous in our Maharashtra state.
— Mohsin Shaikh (@Shaikh_Mohsin12) December 6, 2021
Surely entertaining; just imagine how will he signal #Out
— Ajit Fernandes (@ajitf) December 6, 2021
Hahahahah, this is epic… We miss Billy Bowden, May be he can try to fulfill his gap
— Mr.Human (@MrHuman777) December 5, 2021
Loving the enthusiasm in this wide ball. https://t.co/EyCxNWwKKj
— C4llum (@callumbond14) December 6, 2021
What are your thoughts on this viral video?
(With inputs from Nitin Shinde)
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