Azhar Ali explains the bizarre run-out against Australia
The second Test between Pakistan and Australia saw the former decimating the visitors. Men in Green sealed the series 1-0, after Australia managed to draw the first Test. Amid the heroics by pacer Abbas and the top batting show, batsman Azhar Ali's bizarre dismissal remains the most talked topic. Fans and pundits were left stunned with, perhaps, the dumbest dismissal of all time.
The incident occurred during the 53rd over when Peter Siddle got Ali to edge a delivery towards third-man region. The pair were seen chatting in the middle of the pitch, without realizing that the ball hadn't reached the boundary. Mitchell Starc got the ball and threw it to keeper Tim Paine, who whipped off the bails, leaving Ali red-faced.
Ali feels his son will taunt him for years to come. "My son is going to speak about it (the run out) for a long time and in a funny way," said Azhar of his 10-year-old son. "Whenever I will say something about cricket he will surely come back to this incident." Azhar also got his leg pulled in the dressing room.
Azhar went on to explain the incident and cited that there is no excuse for this sort of dismissal. "The way the shot was hit to a fast bowler and the edge flew I thought it reached the boundary. But there is no excuse. Everyone was pulling our legs in the dressing room but at that moment it was a shock," Azhar recalled.
Azhar said that the ignorance of him saw the Aussies do the right thing. "I don't think it was bad sportsmanship and I take full responsibility as I feel I was a bit ignorant. It was nothing at all as no one got in my way or distracted me. It was my own doing. I think the Aussies did the right thing."