Cricket is a strange sport. Cricketers are remembered not only for the sixes and the centuries they scored, but also for the blunders they have made. Irresponsible run outs, silly wickets and ground blunders – the more your player makes them, the more loss you’ll bear in fantasy cricket leagues. if you browse through the history of run outs then you’ll find that there are some which are tragic, some are hilarious and others are quiet silly!
With social media bringing every minor detail to your doorstep, you can now easily check out the videos of such memorable run outs over the internet and judge for yourself. Such silly and tragic run outs can cost you a fortune while playing fantasy cricket. Here’s a list of some unforgettable run outs in the history of world cricket. Hoping that every fantasy game lover remembers them, here’s a brief recapitulation of the same.
South Africa vs Australia 1999
This run out is not only bizarre but also considered to be high profile in nature. During the semi final of the ICC cricket world cup between South Africa and Australia. The silly mistake on the part of Allan Donald, made SA lose out on the chance of winning the world cup. If fantasy cricket leagues would have existed at that time, then the selectors would have had a nail-biting match playing experience. Allan Donald was way too attentive towards the ball and hence missed out on the call for run from the opposite batsman. Adam Gilchrist took the wicket and Australia eventually won the world cup.
India vs England 2012
At a crucial point of time, when Alastair Cook was not out at 190, he faced one of the most bizarre run-outs which he might not have anticipated. Zaheer Khan, the Indian spinner was targeting Kevin Pietersen, the other batsman the field. However, Cook was trying to take single in between such a messy situation and was run-out by Kohli who was quick in time to strike the wickets. He had almost reached the crease but the ball was faster! Players of fantasy cricket in India for this match was enthralled by the brilliant performance of Kohli and Khan!
Pakistan vs Australia 2018
You can this is a silly mistake or the hit of the moment! Azhar Ali was playing great and had completed half-century on behalf of Pakistan. However, suddenly after hitting the ball he started walking towards the non-striking end thinking that the ball had reached the crease. Well, his brain was preoccupied for some reason! Commentators couldn’t find words to describe the situation. Playing fantasy cricket in such situations ends up in losses for the players.
India vs Sri Lanka 2007
This can be counted as the laziest run-out in the history of world cricket. In 2007, Sri Lanka was playing on Indian grounds in Visakhapatnam. Suddenly a heart wrenching moment happed for all Indian fans. After hitting the ball, Sehwag wanted to take a single and he literally jogged his was to the other side. Seemed like he was not in a mood to run. And the end result everyone is already aware of!
India vs Pakistan, 1999
Long before the concept of online fantasy games became popular, this run-out made a history in the list of Indian cricket team. Although team India was in a good position, however since the run chase was long hence Tendulkar after hitting a boundary across Akram was planning to come back for the third. All was well, but suddenly Tendulkar collided with Aktar and failed to make it to the stumps. Needless to say, the fans were angry and blamed Aktar for coming in between the crowded crease.
South Africa vs Australia 2006
Again, a historic run out recorded between these two country’s teams. You can call this a spectacular stunt by AB de Villiers. As Simon Katich pushed Adam Hall in a hurry to reach the stumps, Villiers rolled out in motion and flipped the ball back to the stumps thereby marking Katich out. Although, Australia won the match, but Villiers stunt was remembered.
West Indies vs Australia 1975
Last on the list is the oldest of the lot. Amidst a lot of chaos, a run out occurred for Australia. Since the match was an old one hence, not much video clarity of the run out is present on the social media platforms till date.