In a stunning turn of events during the Australia vs Afghanistan match at the ongoing ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc faced a criticism from cricketer-turned-commentator Harbhajan Singh for a rare occurrence on the pitch. Starc bowled a 10-ball over, leading to some raised eyebrows and a humorous comment from the ex-India off-spinner.

Mitchell Starc bowls 4 wides in his 5th over

The incident took place during the 18th over of the match when the Aussies were looking for a crucial break through. Starc, known for his speed and precision, surprisingly bowled 4 wides in an extended over, sending down a total of 10 deliveries.

Harbhajan Singh, who is part of the Star Sports India commentary team for the ongoing World Cup 2023, couldn’t resist poking fun at Starc’s unusual over. He remarked, “Inko Australia ko baby over dena chahiye (He should be given a baby over by the Australian captain),” implying that Starc’s extended over was akin to a shorter, “baby” over.

In his 10-ball over, Starc conceded 13 runs, including a boundary. Nevertheless, it provided a light-hearted moment in an otherwise intense World Cup contest.

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‘Baby over’ in cricket

In cricket, the term ‘baby over’ typically refers to an over in which a bowler is unable to complete the full set of six deliveries due to various reasons. This might occur if the bowler has overstepped the crease, resulting in a no-ball, or if there is a stoppage in play, leading to the over being curtailed. The term is colloquially used to signify an incomplete over, usually due to some error or interruption during the delivery of the six balls.

Mitchell Star’s bowling performance in ODI World Cup 2023

The Aussie pace spearhead, Starc, has managed to pick only 9 wickets in the ongoing World Cup, reflecting a relatively low bowling performance. His bowling average is currently over 40, and his economy rate exceeds 6.3, with the majority of his wickets coming off the lower-order batters.

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