Watch: Afghanistan Wicketkeeper-Batsman Ikram Alikhil Run-Out In Bizarre Fashion
On last Wednesday (6th November), Afghanistan played their opening game of the three-match ODI series against Windies. During that game, wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Alikhil made a poor mistake that cost his crucial wicket.
Afghanistan were batting first after losing the toss in that game. The Asian side was struggling from the beginning as they lost both the openers on just 15 runs.
Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil handed that early situation very well and worked hard to set up that innings. Both batsmen performed very well and provided the 100+ partnership for the third wicket. During that partnership, Alikhil completed his half-century in 47 balls.
That partnership was running smoothly as Shah also completed his half-century. But during Shah’s half-century moment, Alikhil suddenly lost his crucial wicket in a bizarre way.
Ikram Alikhil was run-out when he went to congratulate Rahmat Shah
Shah completed his half-century with a single. After completing that single, Alikhil went to Shah to congratulate him, but he forgot that the ball wasn’t dead yet. As Alikhil casually started to walk to congratulate Shah, Windies wicketkeeper Shai Hope took that opportunity and ran-out Alikhil.
After watching the replay, the third umpire confirmed that dismissal. It was a crucial wicket for Windies as Alikhil lost his wicket due to a poor mistake. After scoring 58 runs off 62 balls (6 fours and only six), Alikhil returned to the pavilion.
When that third wicket was fallen, Afghanistan scored 126 runs. Later, the Windies bowlers bundled out Afghanistan for 194 runs (45.2 overs). Shah also scored 61 runs while Asghar Afghan played the knock of 35 runs. But the other next batsmen failed to provide the enough support to the team.
In reply, Windies lost their first two wickets on 25 runs. However, the opener Shai Hope and the no.4 batsman Roston Chase carried the team to the safe victory. Hope and Chase had the 163 runs partnership for the third wicket. While Hope remained not out on 77 runs, Chase (94) just missed his maiden ODI century. Windies chased down that target in 46.3 overs after losing three wickets.
While Windies won this match by seven wickets, Ikram Alikhil’s run-out became the major talking point of the game. It was a very unusual run-out which we have observed hardly in international cricket.
Once Muttiah Muralitharan was also run-out in a similar fashion
After watching this run-out, we can remember one of Muttiah Muralitharan‘s bizarre run-out in 13 years ago. In December 2009, during the Christchurch Test against New Zealand, Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan also lost his wicket in a similar fashion. That incident happened in their second innings while it was Sri Lanka’s last-wicket partnership.
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara just completed his century and Muralitharan went to Sangakkara to congratulate for that century but the ball was still in the play. After taking that ball, New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum ran out the Sri Lankan cricketer Muralitharan. Both Sangakkara and Muralitharan and the entire Sri Lankan team members were stunned on that dismissal.
However, ten years later, Brendon McCullum apologised to Sangakkara and Muralitharan for that dismissal.
Australia Name Unchanged Squad For New Zealand ODIs, Aaron Finch To Lead
Australia have named an unchanged squad for the three-match home series against New Zealand that takes place next month. The home team hasn’t named the T20I squad but the inclusion of regulars for ODIs means that they will also play the T20Is, hence missing a…
Rashid Latif Points Out Reasons Why India Failed In Wellington Test
While the Indian team was outclassed by the hosts New Zealand in the Wellington Test, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif feels disappointed with the performances of the Indian cricketers. Wellington Test was the first game of the two-match Test series between the hosts New Zealand…