C Shamshuddin
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Usually one sees a player being ruled out of a game or retiring hurt due to any on-field injury. But on Tuesday, umpire C Shamshuddin was ruled out of the ongoing Ranji Trophy final after getting hit around the lower abdomen area on the opening day of the clash between Bengal and Saurashtra.

C Shamshuddin did not take the field on day two after the pain aggravated overnight and he went for a check-up in a local hospital on Tuesday morning. With S Ravi as the designated umpire, Shamsuddin’s on-field partner Anantha Padmanabhan was the only one officiating in the middle in the first session on day two as local umpire Piyush Khakar stood at square leg.

But after lunch, Ravi joined Padmanabhan in the middle while Shamshuddin took the role of the TV umpire. Shamshuddin’s replacement, Yashwant Barde, will join Padmanabhan on day three.

“Shamshuddin felt more pain in the night and went to the hospital in the morning for a check-up. He has been advised a week’s rest,” a Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) spokesperson told PTI.

Talking about the game, Saurashtra have taken a strong command on the proceedings. By the end of the second session on day two, they were comfortably placed at 339 for 5. Saurashtra did not lose a single wicket in the first two sessions of the day.

Arpit Vasavada and Cheteshwar Pujara starred for Saurashtra as they added 148 runs. Vasavada scored a fine century while Pujara also completed a patient fifty while battling throat infection and dehydration that saw him retiring hurt on day one.

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