Cricket, being the funny old game that it is, has produced numerous crazy moments over the years -– some memorable, others forgettable. There have been some really strange ways batsmen have been dismissed on occasions.
It happened once again on Saturday when Australia thumped England by 64 runs to go 2-0 ahead in the five-match series. The victory came with a large slice of controversy at Lord's.
England were 141 for three, chasing a daunting 310 to win, when Ben Stokes was given out by the TV umpire for 'obstructing the field' for stopping paceman Mitchell Starc's shy at the stumps with his left glove while out of his crease. It was harsh on Stokes as he appeared to be acting more in self-defence than trying to prevent being run out.
As the Stokes controversy raged, here's a look at some other examples of batsmen being sent on their way in an unconventional manner.
Andrew Symonds (Melbourne 2005-06)
During the 2005 VB series opener at the MCG, Andrew Symonds was smashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all over he park. Even the great Muttiah Muralitharan wasn’t spared, and Symonds raced to 66 off 61 balls.
None of the bowlers seemed lethal enough to get him back to the pavilion. But, fortune doesn't always favour the brave and Symond's was probably one of the most unfortunate dismissals in history of ODI. Symonds hit a straight drive off Jehan Mubarak with such brutal force that Michael Clarke at the non-striker's end had no time to react. The ball looped off Clarke's ankle and landed safely in the hands of Tilekratne Dilshan at mid-on. Ouch!
Chris Read (Lord's 1999)
This was the sort of dismissal any batsman would like to forget as soon as possible. In his second Test match, Chris Read was clean-bowled off a Chris Cairns slow ball yorker. What was bizarre about this dismissal was that Read had misjudged the line and length completely and tried to duck, only for the ball to go beyond his legs and rattle the stumps.
Explaining the incident, Read later said that he had lost sight of the ball due to movement behind the sidescreen and he ended up doing something that made him look rather stupid.
Inzamam-ul-haq (Leed's 2006)
On the third day of the Headingley Test during Pakistan’s 2006 tour to England, Inzamam-ul-Haq swivelled across the line to sweep a rather full delivery from Monty Panesar and was struck on the midriff. But he lost balance while executing the shot and rolled onto the stumps.
It is one thing to lose control of the bat and disturb the bails or clip the stumps with one’s feet while standing too deep in the crease, but falling on it while trying to pull off a high jump over them is a truly remarkable feat. This will remain one of the funniest dismissals in cricket ever.
In gully cricket, bowlers often keep an eye out on the non-striker's position and knock off the bails if he (the non-strikers) leave's his crease before the ball is bowled. Not many cricket afficianados are aware that this is a legal way of dismissal in international cricket too, known as 'Mankading'.
The name ‘Mankaded’ was attached with this dismissal way back in 1947. During the second Test match against Australia at Sydney, Indian left-arm spinner Vinoo Mankad ran Bill Brown out for the second time in a similar fashion in that tour after the warm-up match against Australia XI.
Media created a furore and Mankad was accused of having broken the spirit of the game. But, he received support from the opposition captain Don Bradman and since then batsmen have always been wary of leaving the crease a second too soon.
Close shave: The one that wasn't
Mohammad Ashraful (Trent Bridge 2005)
Fresh from a brilliant hundred that had sealed the upset of the century against Australia at Sophia Gardens, great things were suddenly expected of Bangladesh's young stroke player Mohammad Ashraful.
But his next outing started off on a bizarre note. Bangladesh had just lost two wickets in two balls to England's lanky debutant, Chris Tremlett and Ashraful tentatively pushed the next delivery forward. The ball flew backwards and landed on the top of the middle stump, but somehow neither bail was dislodged. Making complete use of this opportunity, Ashraful went on to make a 52-ball 94.