Abu Dhabi:¬†¬†It was a dismissal likely to feature in packages of cricket‚Äôs greatest blunders for decades to come and Azhar Ali is even bracing for sledging from his own sons after his farcical run out at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.
By the end of the day, Azhar could see the funny side of what happened when he and non-striker Asad Shafiq were stranded mid-pitch as Australian captain Tim Paine whipped off the bails, with the batsmen having erroneously thought Azhar had registered a boundary when he edged Peter Siddle to third man.
The ball however held up in the slow Abu Dhabi outfield, and while Azhar and Shafiq convened mid-pitch, Mitchell Starc threw the ball in to Paine to prematurely end Azhar‚Äôs innings on 64.
Not that Azhar laid any blame at the feet of the Australians.
‚ÄúI don’t think it’s bad sportsmanship,‚ÄĚ Azhar said.