DUBAI: 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.
— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) October 18, 2018
Fans and former cricketers quickly took to Twitter in utter shock at what they had just witnessed.
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
After watching Marnus Labuschagne run-out in the 1st test and Azhar Ali returning the favor in the 2nd test, @ICC should seriously consider bringing in “Dumbest Run-Out of the Year” award. #PAKvsAUS 😀
— Mazahir Rizvi (@TheQambar) October 18, 2018
Lmao😂😂 what the hell was that Azhar Ali?
— Ahmad Parvaiz🇵🇰 (@AhmadParvaiz12) October 18, 2018