Cricket is not a game of ‘huhu-hahahas’ as Tony Greig would say it, but it is a serious contest between the bat and the ball. The players of the game are representatives of their nations and hence must maintain decorum and honour and amidst these high standing values, humour, jokes and pranks find no place. Well you would believe all of this until we tell you the 5 funniest incidents on the cricket pitch.
05. The world’s most weird hit wicket.
Who does Pakistan turn to when they need some on-field humour and some bizarre sloppiness?? The correct answer is Inzamam-ul-Haq. Well it was a bright sunny day and Pakistan was in dire straits. Inzamam after running out Younis Khan, decided to go for a huge sweep to a Panesar delivery. He thought he had connected bat and ball, but to his dismay he did not and when he went to see the ball, he tripped and fell on top of the stumps. If the stumps were alive, they would have cried out – “Help elephant over me!!!” Inzamam also features in our Editorial pick of the Top Ten Run Getters in ODI history. Check out the article here
04. Hussey and the Sun
At 8 for 320, chasing Australia’s 394 Dale Steyn hits one huge into the sky. Unfortunately the ball doesn’t carry and decides to land near mid-on, where a Mike Hussey stood. The ball took time, while Hussey and the sun god duelled. In a classic duel Hussey started shielding his eyes from the solar rays launched by the sun. He put up his left and then his right, trying hard to figure out the ball. Meanwhile the ball lands safely on mother earth near him as Hussey still tries to figure out in the sky.
03. Neil Mckenzie is with his pants down.
“Yeah I am going to dive. Yeah I’m going to make a brilliant save. Yeah I am going to show them” so thought Neil Mackenzie as he dived to save the boundary. And yes folks he did dive but did neither save the boundary or get to the ball. Instead he ran into the ground and in the process slid his pants down, to the embarrassment of everyone present. Even the spectators along with South African captain started laughing at McKenzie. A red cheeked Neil returned to his spot amidst giggles from everywhere.
02. The slippery
There are the unsung heroes who are unknown but their contributions make a difference to their sides, and then there are those who do not. Here is an instance from Pakistan – a player who could neither focus on the ball or on the runs taken by the batsmen. As he dived to save the boundary, he tripped and made the ball go far away. As he stood up and tried to collect it, he slipped again. In the meantime, England’s Peterson ran away with four runs. A visibly agitated Abdul Razzak collected the throw from the player as Bob Woolmer looked on.
01. The Chappell impersonation
New Zealand needed just 45 runs from 1 ball, when McGrath did the Chappell impersonation to add just some flavour of humour in the match. He bowled an imaginary delivery which the batsman blocked. Now what would an umpire do in such a situation? Well he would have sat back and laughed at the whole proceedings. Well he would, if he weren’t Billy Bowden. Billy taking cue from McGrath, started up his own antics amidst cheers and laughter all around. Glen Mcgrath also Features in our Editorial Feature of the Top Ten Bowlers in Tests as well as ODI’s.
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