It started with Parthiv Patel in the first match of the IPL. Out caught at slip off the bowling of Malinga of the second ball of the innings. Since then, there have been 27 cases of the O1 virus and specifically 10 instances of the O1B1 virus.

Eh?

O1 = Over 1 i.e. Batsmen getting out in the first over of the innings. O1B1 = Over 1 Ball 1 i.e. batsman getting out on the first ball of the innings. Here’s the ball by ball analysis.

1st ball = 10
2nd ball = 6
3rd ball = 5
4th ball = 1
5th ball = 4
6th ball = 1

It includes heavyweights like Jacques Kallis (twice), Brendon McCullum (twice) and Adam Gilchrist (twice). The two stars are definitely Jesse Ryder (three times) and Parthiv Patel (three times).

Karan Goel got himself run out off the first ball itself. Worse, he was the non-striker. In effect, he went up to the pitch, stood at the other end as the first ball was bowled to Bopara and then tried to run, was run out and then walked back.

So what’s with this disease. Analysis of the way people got out says the following

Bowled 7
Caught behind 8
Leg before 4
Run out 3
Caught aggressive shot 5

Bowled + Caught Behind combined gives 15. That suggests laziness, lack of concentration and or a superb delivery. Couple of ones I remember Ma(s)linga and Fidel Edwards yorking the batsmen first ball.

I can propose the following theories

1. Bowlers think that the first few balls the batsman is likely to play it safe, try and get focus. So how about bowling a ripping yorker? It also explains the leg befores dismissals. One has to get it right, of course. Hence, before getting onto the pitch, warming up is the key. The days of bowling looseners first ball have gone.

2. Batsmen, given it is T20, feel they have to hit every ball to the moon. But their timing and often ability come in the way. Hence, miscues, edges, etc. Right from ball 1.

What I can’t figure out is the run out. Running oneself out first ball is so stupid. Unless it is a fabulous piece of fielding. Then it is pure bad luck (and good for the fielding team)

Anyway, analysis ends. Still a few matches left and we should see some more instances of the two viruses for sure.

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