On the opening day of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 during the Andhra Pradesh vs Vidarbha match the play was stopped for a very strange reason. The weather was absolutely fine but it was a snake that resulted in the match being stopped for some time. The unlikely visitor made its presence felt at the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground, Mulapadu in Vijayawada. Once the snake was spotted, the ground staff was pressed into the action as they tried to shoo away the reptile. Live Cricket Streaming of Ranji Trophy 2019-20 on Hotstar and Star Sports: Check Live Cricket Score, Watch Free Telecast of India's Domestic Tournament on TV and Online.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the video on Twitter and wrote a witty caption for it, which read, “SNAKE STOPS PLAY! There was a visitor on the field to delay the start of the match.” The video within one hour after being uploaded had over 10k views.
In the video, a snake can be seen on the field with ground staff doing their best to show it the exit path. Interestingly, this is not the first time that a snake stopped play. During the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 season, a four-feet long snake was spotted during the Bengal vs Vidarbha match. Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Game Time for Test Specialists, Opportunity and Hope for Rest.
Check Out the Video of Snake Halting Play
SNAKE STOPS PLAY! There was a visitor on the field to delay the start of the match.
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) December 9, 2019
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh put to bat first at the time of filing this story were 47 for two in 20 overs. The Hanuma Vihari-led side lost both its openers early on. Faiz Fazal is the captain of the Vidarbha team. The 86th edition of the Ranji Trophy is currently underway. A total of 38 teams are participating in the first-class tournament. Chandigarh is making its debut in the Ranji Trophy this season. The 38 teams have been divided into four groups.