If you think you’ve seen it all in cricket, think again.
Andre Russell can consider himself extremely unhappy after falling victim to one of the most bizarre run-outs ever on a cricket pitch.
The West Indian all-rounder was fighting for Minister Group Dhaka against the Khulna Tigers in the Bangladesh T20 Premier League when disaster struck.
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In the 15th over, Russell bunted a pitch from Thisara Perera to the outside and took off for a quick single.
Mahedi Hasna, fielding short third man, threw the stumps to the striker, but Russell’s batter Mohammad Mahmudullah was engaged and just got inside his crease.
Meanwhile, assuming the crisis had averted, Russell casually jogged toward the end of the strike.
But in the event of extreme bad luck, the ball would have actually bounced off the stumps on the striker’s side and somehow flew all over the field, knocking the braces off the stumps at the end of Russell.
Russell was way out of his league and could hardly believe it when he was up. He could only offer a wry smile as he had to return to the pavilion at seven o’clock.
Cricket fans said they had never seen anything like it when images of the unusual run went viral on social media.
Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer tweeted: “I have been playing cricket and watching cricket all my life. I’ve never seen anything like it. Just unbelievable.”
Ex-Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar said: “Well, good, good. This is very unfortunate…I can’t believe Russell was eliminated at the end of the non-attackers.”
Harsh Jain added: “This is literally the FREAKIEST run-out in the history of cricket!!!”
The Khulna Tigers won the match by five wickets as they chased Russell’s Ministry of Dakar’s goal of 183.
While Russell struggled, he was fairly exhausted, as the ball wasn’t dead when he hit the stumps at the non-attacker’s end.
According to the laws of cricket, the ball becomes dead when:
— it is ultimately settled in the hands of the wicketkeeper or the bowler
— a limit is scored
— a batter is dismissed. The ball is deemed to be dead from the moment of the incident which caused the dismissal.