There’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re playing an intense Test match against one of the best teams in the world. Miss-hits, run outs, dropped catches, collisions…they’ve all happened in cricket. The list, now, has a new addition: being dismissed for not paying attention! Just when you thought that Sarfraz Ahmed saved Pakistan with his outstanding knock of 94, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq gave us a look at a remarkable dismissal.
Ali edged a delivery from Australia’s Peter Siddle, and the ball rolled towards third-man. While the ball headed towards the boundary, the two batsmen failed to do what all cricket coaches drill into youngsters: Never take your eyes off the ball! The ball lost momentum and stopped short of the ropes. It was not a boundary. Meanwhile, Ali and Shafiq were standing in the middle of the pitch, having a nice little chat, clueless that Mitchell Starc gave chase and threw the ball back to Tim Paine. The keeper quickly knocked off the bails, shocking Ali and the non-striker.