Azhar Ali contributed nonsensical run-out
Azhar Ali contributed nonsensical run out Short Video
Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s recent days most successive test batsman, has offered up a hall of shame contender on day three of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi, with a comical dismissal that needs to be seen to be believed.
“My sons…they’re going to speak about it for years run out,” Azhar said wryly after stumps.
“Whenever I say something to them, they are going to come back to me about this run-out.”
They are unlikely to be the only ones.
Having edged a Peter Siddle delivery wide of the slips cordon and — seemingly — away to the third man rope, Azhar and batting partner Asad Shafiq convened in the middle of the pitch for a glove-tap and a bit of a chat.
There was only one problem. The ball hadn’t reached the rope.
Mitchell Starc loped after the now-stationary ball and lobbed it back to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who expertly kept his cool so as not to raise any alarm for the oblivious batsmen.
Paine calmly took the ball, whipped the bails off and commenced his celebrations. After a brief discussion as to which batsman was actually dismissed, Azhar had to go.
“You shouldn’t be not watching the ball for [that] long,” Azhar said.
“I couldn’t realise that the ball has been come to a stop at the boundary end and lobbed it back to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.”
“It was one of those things where neither Asad or I had a sight of it…even when the throw was coming back I thought he’s just thrown it after the ball hit the [boundary].
“When Tim Paine started to run towards the stumps then I thought a little bit something funny about it, then it was a shock after that…it’s my own fault.”