Misbah-ul-Haq run out failing to ground his bat

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Or himself for that matter. If you didn’t see Misbah-ul-Haq getting run out for 82, you’ll get an idea as to what happened from the accompanying picture.

Conspicuously not groundedMisbah was about to make his ground after a quickish single. The throw came in from Dinesh Karhik at backward point and Misbah jumped to avoid the ball. Unfortunately, this meant that he was airborne as he crossed the popping crease. If you don’t ground your bat or some part of yourself the other side of that line, then you haven’t made your ground. The ball hit the stumps and Misbah was out.

He knew instantly and proceeded to angrily swipe his bat at the tips of the grass, which is the least satisfying outlet for pent-up rage in the whole world. After returning to the pavilion, Misbah presumably found something more substantial to punish for his own mental aberration.

There are so many ways to get out. You always have to be on your guard. Mentally, Misbah had already made his ground – he was just evading a cricket ball. Unfortunately, mentally making your ground doesn’t cut it with the third umpire.

Poor sod.


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  1. No. It’s pretty much standard practice to get in the way of fielders’ returns to be honest. It seems to be that as long as you’re being hit by the ball rather than hitting it, you’re okay.

    A case could probably be made, but that’s the way it works in practice.

  2. Oh I see. Why didn’t he do that then instead of jumping and leaving space for the ball to hit the stumps? Was it to avoid the possibility of getting hurt by the ball?

  3. Our theory is that he was going to make his ground so easily, he hadn’t considered himself under threat, so he chose to spurn the safety bruise.

    You’ll have to ask Misbah though.

  4. I’m so torn re the name. He’s playing like a Misbah Cricket, but then he goes and gets out in the manner of an Ul Haq.

  5. From the horses mouth:

    Of course you should have reached three figures in Delhi during the first Test but on 82 you jumped in the air trying to evade the run out attempt from Dinesh Karthik?

    “That was a shocking time for me. It all happened so quickly and I just jumped and realised straight away that I had made a mistake. It’s a really bad memory. I felt at the time that it may cost us the Test match because of the way me and Sami were playing at the time we could have added another 70 or 80 runs. That was a big regret, more for letting my team down than missing the hundred.”


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