How often have you heard of any other reason but a wet outfield to have delayed a cricket match? Not very often. However, one such incident transpired at the Priyadarshini Stadium in Vishakhapatnam during an ODI game between India and West Indies in 1994, when play started late due to delay in the arrival of kit luggage!
Here’s what exactly happened. The West Indies’ players took the Kolkata-Chennai flight to reach Vishakapatnam, and while both the teams comfortably reached the venue of the game, the kit bags of the visiting team was left behind at Chennai airport.
By the time the kits reached the venue, there was time for only a 44 overs-a-side game because the stadium had no floodlights.
Having won the toss, the visitors chose to field first. Openers Sachin Tendulkar and Ajay Jadeja got off to a flying start which was continued by Navjot Singh Sidhu and Mohammed Azharuddin who shared a 113-run partnership for the third wicket. India posted a decent 260/4 in the restricted 44 overs.
West Indies reached 145 for the loss of just two wickets but the required run-rate kept mounting. Then entered Carl Hooper who scored a 47-ball 74 with seven fours and two sixes to take his side closer to the target but India won the game by four runs.
Most recently, another bizarre reason caused interruption in a cricket match. Delhi's Ranji game against Uttar Pradesh earlier this month had to be stopped as a man drove his car onto the pitch. The match was resumed after a while and it was later known that the man was drunk.
In yesteryears, a couple of matches were also interrupted due to sudden appearance of animals on the pitch!