Getting run out in the game of cricket is always frustrating for a batsman, but getting run out just because of the lack of awareness when there is no attempt of taking a run is even more frustrating, and that’s what the Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik experienced today in the first T20 international match against Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Shoaib Malik had to walk in to bat early in the innings as Pakistan lost three quick wickets in response to a modest target of 128 and while he was trying to rebuild, he played a defensive shot off Mustafizur Rahman. After playing the shot, Malik was completely unaware that the ball had rolled behind the stumps and the wicketkeeper had collected it.
Shoaib Malik was an inch or two away from getting his bat grounded before bails came off
The wicketkeeper, Nurul Hasan, was, however, totally aware of the situation as he knew Shoaib Malik was wandering outside his crease and the ball was still not dead. A direct throw from Nurul hit the stumps while Malik was only inches away from getting his bat down.
It was mighty close, but the ultra slow-motion replay showed the bails came off before the bat was fully grounded. It was an extremely important wicket for both teams in the context of the situation, as it pushed Pakistan further back in the game on a surface that was not really conducive to batting.
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Shoaib Malik, when he himself watches the video later on in the dressing room, would be gutted how easily he gave his wicket away when he had the opportunity to drag Pakistan over the line, using all his experience of so many games.
Malik had made a comeback to the Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup 2021, but he has been retained even after Pakistan’s elimination from the tournament, which suggests he might be in the plans of the selectors for the next T20 World Cup too, which is in Australia.