Cricket, the gentlemen's game, sometimes becomes so funny that you can't help but roll on the floor laughing. In one of the funniest incidents that ever happened on a cricket pitch, Jake Dunford of Jersey lost the grip of his bat as it went flying over wicket-keepers' head before hitting the ground during an ICC World Cricket League 4 game in Malaysia on Wednesday. While trying to put more power to a shot and have a wild swing, players tend to lose grip of the bat and it goes flying. Still, it is a funny sight and takes the attention away from serious cricket, even if it is just for a few seconds.
Although bats flying out of the hands are a rare sight, what happened in Kuala Lumpur was not a stand-alone incident.
In the past too there have been a number of players who have lost their bat in the air while batting. In an ODI against India, Kumar Sangakkara's bat landed on the stumps when he tried to nudge a full toss to the leg-side and he was given out hit-wicket.
MS Dhoni, who is known for his immense strength and power, likes to play shots with his bottom-hand. That is why, the former India skipper lost the grip of the bat two occasions.
In one of the most recent incidents, wicket-keeper Peter Nevill was hit in the face by a flying bat during the latest edition of the Big Bash League in Australia.
The WCL 4 Tournament, scheduled between April 28 and May 6, is a 6-team competition with the top two being promoted to WCL 3. Jersey will be competing against Malaysia, Denmark, Uganda, Vanuatu and Bermuda.