Cricket’s bizarre ‘coded message’ returns in the IPL

The Kolkata Knight Riders have been spotted implementing an unorthodox tactic while facing the Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League this week.

While fielding in the first innings at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel Stadium, Knight Riders strategist Nathan Leamon sent secret signals to captain Eoin Morgan from the dugout.

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In the tenth over, Leamon displayed two cards that read “5, 4”, potentially referring to a five-four split in the field.

However, some pundits theorised the numbers could also signify what delivery type to bowl for certain batters.

“We saw that in England, didn't we? The team analyst just reminds the captain of their team plans,” cricket expert Harsha Bogle said in commentary.

“That’s a coded message to the captain.”

Kolkata Knight Riders team analyst Nathan Leamon.Source:FOX SPORTS

Leamon made headlines in December last year after he was spotted placing cards with messages such as “4E” and “2C” in an attempt to provide information to Morgan during England’s white-ball series against South Africa.

The strategy was cleared in advance by match referee Andy Pycroft, but England cricket great Michael Vaughan was not impressed.

“Signals sent from an analyst on a balcony to the captain on the pitch!!!! The world has officially gone nuts!!!” Vaughan tweeted at the time.

“You’re telling me you can’t get that info privately? I like info but this is a step too far.”

England team analyst Nathan Leamon.Source:Supplied

Morgan hit 47 to guide Kolkata to a convincing five-wicket win over Punjab, who managed just 123 runs from their 20 overs.

Recovering from an early collapse that left them reeling at 3/17, Kolkata reached the target with five wickets in hand and 20 balls to spare.

Morgan and Rahul Tripathi put on 66 for the fourth wicket and set Kolkata on course for their second win of the season, lifting them to mid-table in the IPL.

“Today the performance was really really impressive, particularly with the ball,” Morgan said after the win.

With several players having left the IPL because of the deadly coronavirus crisis, Australia paceman Pat Cummins earlier donated $50,000 to buy oxygen supplies for hospitals.

“To know that so many are suffering so much at this time saddens me greatly,” Cummins posted to Twitter.

“There has been quite a bit of discussion over here as to whether it is appropriate for the IPL to continue while COVID-19 infection rates remain high.

“I’m advised that the Indian government is of the view that playing the IPL while the population is in lockdown provides a few hours of joy and respite each day.”

With The Sun and AFP

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