There are multiple ways of getting out in cricket. But at times, there are some embarrassing ways of getting dismissed as well. On multiple occasions, we’ve seen batsmen make a fool out of themselves with the way they get out. Here are 10 hilarious dismissals in the history of the game. These are batsmen who have been dismissed in funny ways and left the crowd, opposition and commentators in splits.
Inzamam-ul-Haq falling on his stumps
Inzamam-ul-Haq has been in the news for the way he’s been dismissed on more than one occasion. He has often found unusual ways to get out. In 2006, in England, we witnessed the most famous of these dismissals.
Pakistan were behind 0-1 in the Test series and in the third Test, they were well placed at 451/5 in reply to England’s 515. It was the 114th over of the innings and on the fifth ball, Monty Panesar bowled a good length delivery on the stumps. Inzamam tried to sweep but he missed. But he overbalanced and his weight took him back and the then Pakistan skipper fell on to the stumps. It was agony for Inzamam while the England players were ecstatic.
Amit Mishra’s comical runout in IPL 2014
In 2014, Amit Mishra displayed arguably some of the laziest running in recent times. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were playing Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 30 of the seventh edition of the IPL. RR had opted to bowl first and had restricted SRH to a gettable total.
In the final over of the innings, Amit Mishra swung wildly and missed. He set out for a run, only to be sent back by Irfan Pathan who was at the non-striker’s end. However, Sanju Samson missed the stumps with his throw. The Haryana leg-spinner wasn’t pleased and didn’t really try to get back in a hurry. James Faulkner had another shy at the stumps but missed again and still, Mishra wasn’t back in the crease. It was third time lucky for RR as Samson hit the stumps with another attempt with Mishra still wandering casually outside of his crease.
Andrew Symonds caught at mid-wicket after rebound from Michael Clarke
Sometimes, your power can lead to your own downfall and Andrew Symonds experienced that first hand. In the opening game of the VB Series in 2005 against Sri Lanka, the Australian all-rounder scored 66 in quick time with his power game coming to the fore.
It was then that Jehan Mubarak bowled a flat delivery which Symonds hit hard and straight down the ground. But the ball hit Michael Clarke’s ankle at the non-striker’s end and lobbed up to mid-wicket where T Dilshan took an easy catch.
Shakib Al Hasan’s juggle off Misbah-ul-Haq sends back Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi has been a great entertainer and can be a match-winner with both bat and ball on his day. But luck deserted him in an Asia Cup game in 2012. In fact, it was probably the unluckiest dismissal of his career.
Afridi strode out to bat at No. 7 with Pakistan in a spot of bother at 192/5. The pitch was a touch slow and there was turn. The Pakistan all-rounder tried driving on the up against Shakib Al Hasan but got a leading edge. It went low to the left of Shakib who juggled a couple of times before the ball hit Misbah at the non-striker’s end and it was eventually caught by the premier Bangladesh all-rounder.
Kumar Sangakkara’s bat slips from his hands and lands on the stumps
Kumar Sangakkara has been hit wicket as many as three times throughout his career. He’s been out hit wicket in Tests and ODIs as well. But the last one came in 2009 and it was one of the most bizarre dismissals.
Chasing 320 in the Compaq Cup final, Sangakkara was looking good and he was crucial to Sri Lanka’s chances in the match. He had already put on more than 50 for the sixth wicket with Kandamby and the pair were getting Sri Lanka back in the game. However, RP Singh’s low full toss turned the tide for India.
With heavy dew around, Sangakkara tried to drive it down the ground but the bat slipped out of his hands, went over his head and fell on the stumps. Suresh Raina and RP Singh were left in splits as India got a lucky break, with the incident eventually proved to be one of the turning points.
Run out off the face as Adam Zampa hurts nose and runs out Peter Nevill in the 2015-16 season of the BBL
This must be one of the most bizarre and yet funny run outs in the history of the game. In the 24th match of the 2015-16 edition of the Big Bash League, Melbourne Stars elected to field first in the Melbourne-derby. The Melbourne Renegades got off to a steady start but lost two wickets in two balls.
Peter Nevill and Dwayne Bravo were resurrecting the innings and until a very unusual dismissal undid the good work. Adam Zampa was bowling the 13th over and Bravo danced down the track and hit one back firmly which deflected off Nevill’s bat on to Zampa’s face and then on to the stumps. At this stage, Nevill was way out of his crease and was runout. The leg-spinner was bleeding from the nose but had managed to run the wicket-keeper batsman out, thanks to his face (or rather nose).
John Bracewell ducking a yorker off Simon O’Donnell
Slower balls weren’t too famous back in the 1980s and early 1990s but they were still used sparingly to surprise the batsmen. Australia’s fast bowler Simon O’Donnell used it in an ODI, forcing New Zealand’s John Bracewell to make a fool out of himself in the process.
O’Donnell bowled a slower but dipping yorker. Bracewell shuffled across and was bamboozled by the delivery as he half-ducked, thinking it was a high full-toss. But much to his shock, his stumps were shattered and he had to walk back after a hilarious dismissal.
Glenn Maxwell’s leave against Ryan Duffield in the 2014-15 BBL
Glenn Maxwell may be a fine all-rounder and a great entertainer on and off the field. He has had multiple excellent moments on the field and will have many more. But he will be remembered for one particular leave.
It was Brisbane Heat facing the Melbourne Stars in the group stages of the 2014-15 BBL. The former had put up 164 on the board and had snaffled Cameron White on the fifth ball off the first over. Maxwell walked out to bat at No. 3 and offered one of the worst leaves first ball. Ryan Duffield got one to tail back into the right-hander. Maxwell gave charge and despite the ball being on the stumps, decided to offer no shot, only to find his stumps shattered.
Junaid Siddique out bowled after ball lobs up off the arm
New Zealand were playing Bangladesh in a one-off Test in early 2010. They completely dominated the game and set the visitors a target of 404. Tamim Iqbal got off to a flier (30 off just 19 balls) but was dismissed in the sixth over by Daniel Vettori.
In the 9th over, Chris Martin, who had picked up three wickets in the first innings, bowled a short ball that hit Junaid Siddique on the arm and went straight up in the air and fell on to the stumps. The batsman himself couldn’t stop smiling at the absurdity of the dismissal.
Grant Lambert’s leave off Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait is among the fastest bowlers to have played the game and he has been known to send tremors down opposition batsmen’s spines. In a Ford Ranger Cup game between New South Wales Blues and South Australian Redbacks, Tait was bowling the penultimate over of the innings and had already taken three wickets. The first ball of the 49th over, Tait bowled a fast and a low full toss. Grant Lambert backed away too far and simply left it alone, allowing the ball to crash into the stumps.