On This Day: An international cricketer who was given out by his father
Sometimes something or the other happens on the cricket field that the world is stunned to see. Something similar happened with Hitesh Modi, the former batsman of Kenya Cricket Team. Today is Hitesh Modi’s birthday. Born on October 13, 1971 in Kisumu city of Kenya, Hitesh Modi has turned 50 today. Hitesh Modi did nothing special in his cricket career. This left-handed batsman played 63 ODIs for Kenya and his performance was average, but Hitesh Modi has such a wonderful world record that it is probably very difficult to break.
Hitesh Modi is the only cricketer in the world who was declared out in an international match by his own father. This match was played on 13 August 2006 in Nairobi. Hitesh Modi was in Kenya’s playing XI in this match and his father Subhash Modi was officiating. Kenya’s team came out to bat first and the start was very bad. The team lost 4 wickets very early and Hitesh Modi came out to bat at number 5. However, Modi could also stay on the crease for only 5 balls. A speeding ball from Mashrafe Mortaza hit Hitesh Modi’s pads and his father Subhash Modi, who was officiating, raised his finger. Subhash Modi termed his son Hitesh as LBW. This is the only incident in cricket history of a father giving out to his son.
Papa shouldn’t have umpired
Let us tell you that Hitesh Modi had given a comment on that decision of his father in an interview after many years. Hitesh Modi believed that his father should not have umpired in that match, but Subhash Modi was made umpire by the ICC itself. Although Hitesh Modi said that his father’s decision was correct, he was out LBW and his father did not hesitate to give him out even once. Let us tell you that Kenya’s team lost this match to Bangladesh by 2 wickets.
Hitesh Modi’s cricket career
Hitesh Modi scored 1109 runs in 63 ODIs for Kenya at an average of 23.59. Hitesh Modi scored only 5 half-centuries in ODIs, out of which he scored 2 half-centuries against India. Hitesh Modi’s strike rate was only 58.18.
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