Adil Rashid did not bowl, bat or catch: Rs 11 lakh assured after Lord’s Test

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England beat India by an innings and 159 runs in 2nd Test at Lord’s on Sunday
Rashid will still take home £12,500 or 11,09,220 rupees as his match fee
Adil Rashid did not bowl or bat a single ball, nor was he involved in any catch or effect a run-out in the Lord’s Test vs India which England won by an innings and 159 runs.
Adil Rashid’s selection in the Test series against India wasn’t without controversy (Reuters Photo)
Adil Rashid had a quite unique outing as England crushed India in the second Test by an innings and 159 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Ground to go 2-0 up in the series on Sunday.
Rashid became just the 14th player in the history of the game to complete a Test match without bowling, batting, or even taking a catch or effect a run out.
Incidentally, he is also the first Englishman in 13 years to achieve this innocuous feat but will still take home £12,500 (or 11,09,220 rupees) as his match fee according to media reports.
There was however, little chance of Rashid having to exert himself during the four days of play at Lord’s. At the toss, India skipper Virat Kohli looked at the pitch and decided to go with two spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav.
His English counterpart Joe Root chose to look sky-ward and felt they would bowl first. Root still opted to have Rashid in as an option, which as it turned out he didn’t need.
James Anderson starred once again, as he scalped nine wickets in the match with the visitors India being dismissed for 107 and 130 respectively in both innings. And with the skies staying relatively clouded both the times India batted, Root did not have to call on Rashid’s services with the ball.
As for the only time England batted, Rashid was still waiting as next man to come in when Root declared with the score at 396/7.
With Rashid not being a member of England’s slip cordon, chances were unlikely to come his way either during his 12th Test.
Off-spinner Gareth Batty was the last England cricketer to not have had to bowl, bat or make any sort of contribution on the field. That match was also at Lord’s back in 2005, when England beat Bangladesh by 261 runs.
There was controversy at Rashid’s selection too before the start of this series with Ed Smith, England’s new national selector, finding himself involved in a huge row with Yorkshire.
Rashid had signed a white-ball only deal with Yorkshire in February and his selection in the Test series caused former cricketers criticising the choice.
Former England and Yorkshire captain Michael Vaughan said that the decision to pick Rashid for the first test at Edgbaston was “ridiculous” prompting the Bradford-born spinner to say that his comments were “stupid”.