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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 06: Umpire Aleem Dar signals a five run penalty after David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia were penalised for running on the pitch during day four of the Third Test Match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Awarding penalty runs are some of the rarest occurrences in cricket. No matter how much anyone is an avid cricket fan, they can miss out on some unusual rules of the sport. It can happen since instances of implementing those rules doesn’t come as often as the general ones.

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Rewarding of penalty runs is arguably one of the unique regulations set in the rulebook, having some rare instances. The umpire can hand penalty runs to any team on the field for several reasons, which many fans may not know. It sure is frustrating for the opposition; however, they have no choice but to abide by the umpire’s decision.

We take a look at five instances when penalty runs were awarded:

India vs New Zealand – 2016 Indore Test

Running on the pitch is strictly prohibited by the batsmen as it leaves foot-marks through the spikes in the shoes, causing damage to the deck. As a result of this, the track misbehaves, which is an undue advantage to the fielding side. However, it is what Ravindra Jadeja did in 2016 against the Kiwis in Indore.

Ravindra Jadeja, England vs India 2018
Ravindra Jadeja (Credits – Getty Images)

It happened in the first innings as India were in a dominant position on the back of a double-century by Virat Kohli and a hundred from Ajinkya Rahane. When it was Jadeja’s chance to bat, he ran on the pitch twice, which was beneficial to him as the spin-bowling all-rounder could get the turn when bowling.

The umpires did not favour that, and they awarded five penalty runs to Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. The tourists began their first innings at 5-0; however, they eventually lost the game by 321 runs.

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