Watch: Azhar Ali Involved In One Of The Most Extraordinary Run Outs Ever Seen, Fans In Shock
On Day 3 of the second Test between Pakistan and Australia, Azhar Ali and Shafiq were involved in one of the most bizarre run outs seen in the history of cricket.
Pakistan cricket team has been guilty of shooting itself in the foot on numerous occasions in the past. But on Thursday, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq gave a new meaning to self-destruction. On Day 3 of the second Test between Pakistan vs Australia, being played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Azhar Ali and Shafiq were involved in one of the most extraordinary run outs seen in the history of Test cricket. As soon as the run out was completed by Australian captain Tim Paine, scores of fans and former players took to Twitter to reveal their shock.
The incident happened in the 52nd over when Peter Siddle got Azhar Ali to edge a delivery to third-man. The two batsmen were seen chatting in the middle of the pitch, without realising that the ball hadn't reached the boundary.
Mitchell Starc retrieved the ball and threw it to Tim Paine, who quickly whipped off the bails, much to the shock of Azhar Ali. Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur shook his head in disbelief.
LOL ...pic.twitter.com/OZOwsl7Mmd— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) October 18, 2018
Fans and former cricketers quickly took to Twitter in utter shock at what they had just witnessed.
Unbelievable.— Abu Eesa Niamatullah (@Niamatullah) October 18, 2018
Azhar Ali run out whilst chatting with Shafiq in the middle, thinking he's hit a four. Except he didn't. Dumb and dumber.
Easily the stupidest piece of cricket I've ever seen in 35 years of watching and playing cricket.
Pakistan bloody Zindabad.#PAKvsAUS pic.twitter.com/nhFgRoq2aw
Stupidest run out in the history of cricket— Waqas Gul (@Gul5Waqas) October 18, 2018
Azhar Ali and Asad shafiq are chatting in the middle of the pitch, without realising that the ball hadnt reached the boundary.Starc reaches the ball throws it back and Azhar Ali is run out for 64
So foolish and blunderous of Azhar Ali the most experienced batsman to get out like this. This should not become a turning point.— Akbar Ali Sayani (@sayani_akbar) October 18, 2018
What exactly did Azhar Ali consume in breakfast.it was bizarre and unbelievable he is going to be a laughing stock for a long time .but on a lighter note it was very funny— scorpian (@1987Scorpian) October 18, 2018
Lmaowhat the hell was that Azhar Ali?— Ahmad Parvaiz(@AhmadParvaiz12) October 18, 2018
This is the most ridiculous run-out I've ever seen. Pakistan batsmen think ball had gone for four. It hadn't and Azhar Ali is run out while chatting to his partner in the middle of the pitch! #PAKvAUS https://t.co/G17N8CQNZt— Satyananda Sagar Konkala (@ksnsagar) October 18, 2018
Azhar Ali How ridiculous you look on the pitch there. For the love of god Just when you think you have seen it all from Pakistanis, they seems to prove you wrong. Poor Mickey Arthur. These things at international level OMG #PAKvAUS @TheRealPCB @iramizraja— amir hussain (@Iam_amir86) October 18, 2018
The run out could have a huge bearing on the match. After dominating the second day of the Test, Pakistan started Day 3 on 144 for two in their second innings, a lead of 281 runs with eight wickets intact.
Nightwatchman Haris Sohail (17) fell to Nathan Lyon in the sixth over of the day.
With Azhar Ali looking solid, having already reached his half-century on Day 2, Pakistan would have hoped for a big partnership between Ali and Asad Shafiq but instead the duo provided one of the most shocking moments in Test cricket.