Manimaran Siddharth Sets Unfortunate Record in IPL 2024

In a recent IPL 2024 match between Lucknow and Gujarat, a peculiar incident unfolded, etching a new record in the history of the tournament. Lucknow, emerging victorious against Gujarat by 33 runs, witnessed an unexpected turn of events that spotlighted the spin bowler Manimaran Siddharth.

The match, held on April 7, showcased a riveting contest between the two teams. Batting first, Lucknow posted a moderate total of 163/5 in 20 overs. Marcus Stoinis led the charge with a commendable 58 runs, supported by Nicholas Pooran’s unbeaten 32*. However, Gujarat’s bowlers, Umesh Yadav and Darshan Nalkande, kept the pressure on by clinching two wickets each.

Chasing the target of 164 runs, Gujarat’s innings stumbled early, but Sai Sudarsan’s brisk 31 off 23 balls provided a glimmer of hope. Despite his effort, the middle order faltered, with Rahul Diwatia managing only 30 runs. Disappointingly, key batsmen like captain Gill, Kane Williamson, and Vijay Shankar failed to make significant contributions.

The turning point of the match, however, occurred during Manimaran Siddharth’s spell. The young Tamil Nadu spinner, representing Lucknow, found himself entangled in a moment that would define IPL history. Bowling the fifth over against Gujarat, Siddharth’s deliveries to Sai Sudarsan were marred by consecutive no-balls.

What unfolded was unprecedented. Siddharth’s first no-ball in the over sparked anticipation among Tamil Nadu fans. Yet, remarkably, he repeated the mistake in the same ball, compounding his error. Despite the free hit opportunity, Siddharth contained the damage by not conceding any boundaries. Nonetheless, his woes continued as he bowled another no-ball in the sixth delivery, conceding a total of 12 runs.

This unfortunate sequence established Siddharth as the spinner with the most no-balls in an over in IPL history. Prior to this, legendary figures like Amit Mishra, Anil Kumble, Yogesh Nagar, and even Amit Mishra (in different seasons) had bowled a maximum of two no-balls in an over.

Despite this setback, Siddharth showcased resilience, finishing his spell with an economical figure of 7.2 runs per over. While he couldn’t secure any wickets in his four overs, his contribution played a crucial role in limiting Gujarat’s total.

Lucknow’s victory propelled them to the fourth position on the points table, underscoring the significance of every player’s performance in the tournament. As IPL 2024 continues to unfold, Siddharth’s record-breaking moment serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of cricket, where even the most talented players can face unexpected challenges.