On Thursday, cricket witnessed one of its funniest moment, if you are a spectator, and one of the most embarrassing moment, if you are Azhar Ali. During the ongoing second Test between Pakistan and Australia in UAE, a comical dismissal took place, which saw Azhar getting run-out after thinking the ball had went for four.
The incident was taken on a funny note by the batsman after the end of day's play. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Azhar mentioned that he is sure to be mocked by his sons for the comical run-out.
"I will be asked this question for a long time. Especially, when I go back home my sons will ask it in a much funnier manner. They hardest thing is they are going to speak about it for years. Whenever I will say something to them, they are going to come back to me on this run out," he said.
It was a shocking dismissal, given something of such sorts has barely ever been witnessed in the sport's history. After guiding a Peter Siddle's ball to third man, Azhar thought the ball went for a four. Both Azhar and his partner Asad Shafiq stood midway on the pitch, without realizing that the ball had stopped just before touching the boundary ropes.
Mitchell Starc, who was the fielder chasing the ball, realized the batsmen were out of their crease, and quickly threw the ball to wicketkeeper and captain Tim Paine, who in turn whipped off the bails in no time.
Indicating that neither him or Shafiq realized that the ball hadn't reached the boundary ropes, Azhar added, "Both of us did not realize that the ball has stopped before the boundary rope. We didn't even see anybody running to fetch the ball. When he [Starc] threw the ball from the boundary, we thought that he is just casually throwing back the ball. When the keeper started to move towards the ball, there was a realization that something funny is up. Even then we weren't sure what was happening. It was a full fledged edge against a fast-bowler and no fielder had made a contact with it on its way. But, still there is no excuse for how I easily gifted my wicket. Everyone in the dressing room also joked about it afterwards. But, at that instance, it was very shocking for everyone."