In international cricket running between the wickets has become a much-needed skill to rotate the strike at difficult times. Communication between striking end and non-striking end batsman is important to complete a run otherwise, get trapped in a risky run. Good communication between the batsmen at crease helps a team to steal run from a close range of fielders.
The worst players for running between the wickets are tailender as they are not familiar with the nature of the pitch. On 16 February in an ICC World T20 qualifiers match between UAE and Ireland; two Irish cricketers – Craig Young and Boyd Rankin showed how poor they are in running between the wicket.
Before the series started, Ireland played a tour T20 match on February 13, 2016, against Danube Cricket Club, a local cricket club based in the UAE, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Danube Cricket Club winning the toss sent Ireland to bat first. They restricted the Irish for 136 as the visitors were bowled out with three balls to spare. However, the last wicket that fell during the match was a perfect example of how NOT to run between the wickets and which stresses the importance of good communication between the batsmen.
Rankin and Young batted at No. 10 and No. 11 respectively for Ireland and were playing the last over of the innings which was being bowled by Zagoor Khan. Young, who was on strike, struck the third ball of the over straight down the ground, however, he hit too straight as the ball hit the wickets at the bowlers’ end.
Rankin, who was rushing for a run, stepped back to the bowler’s end noticing that the ball was still on the pitch. Young on the other end bizarrely felt there was a run for the taking. This prompted Rankin to try and run to the wicketkeeper’s end, despite the bowler being quite close to the ball.
The bowler pretended to throw the ball at the striking end. But watching that both ran towards the striking end, he disturbed the stumps at the bowler’s end with Rankin a few good yards out.
Watch the video of run-out: