For most fans watching cricket, Azhar Ali's run-out during the second Test between Pakistan and Australia was the funniest dismissal in a long, long time. The very fact that the batsman thought the ball had went for four, but it didn't, was predominantly due to lack of focus. But many saw the funny side of it.
Now, yet another similarly hilarious dismissal has taken place in a different part of the world. In a local match in New Zealand, a batsman got run-out after a miscommunication with his partner. Though, what was bizarre and hilarious was the fact that both the batsmen slipped a number of times before the run-out took place.
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.
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.
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.