Cricket is not only a gentlemen’s game but it also falls in the category of uncertainty where a batsman or bowler is not sure about what will happen on the next delivery.
An incident occurred in the ongoing 3rd Test between England and New Zealand where Kiwi Batsman Henry Nicholls smashed a delivery straight down the ground but the ball went to the non-striker end where his partner Daryl Mitchell was batting where the latter tried hard to not come in the way of the ball but couldn’t resist it as the reaction time was too quick.
The ball took flight after hitting Mitchell’s bat and went straight to another English fielder Alex Lees who was fielding at mid-off who caught the ball and Nichols was declared out on the delivery bowled by Jack Leach.
What on earth!? 😅🙈
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Leach was actually surprised with the dismissal initially as he wasn’t sure that the wicket was legit or not.
“It was unbelievable, I’ve never seen anything like it. I didn’t even know if that was allowed, but I’ll take any wicket I can get. You get enough that don’t go your way. It was very unlucky for Nicholls but very lucky for me,” Leach told reporters after the day’s play.
“It’s a silly game, isn’t it? That’s what it made me think, it’s a stupid game we play. I like it because it says two wickets up on the board but I don’t like the dismissal,” he added.
Kiwi coach Luke Ronchi reacted to this dismissal where he added that the nature of the dismissal was unfortunate but these days comes in life of every batsman where you can’t do anything instead you should move on as player.
“I like those sort of things that happen, you can always say you were there at the time and if you take those factors out of the game it could make things pretty boring. Unfortunately for Henry, it’s his demise. We gave him a bit of space afterwards,” Ronchi said.