Howzzat! 12 of the most bizarre cricket incidents in pictures

Updated: 06 February, 2017 12:21 IST
  • Dennis Lillee vs Javed Miandad
    Pakistan's Javed Miandad and Australian pacer Dennis Lillee clashed during a Test at Perth in 1981. This incident was described by Wisden as 'one of the most undignified incidents in Test history' According to Cricinfo, "Miandad turned Lillee behind square for a single, and in completing an easy run, he collided with the bowler. Eyewitnesses agreed that Lillee was to blame and most observed that he had deliberately moved into the batsman's path. The two players' versions of events differ - both their autobiographies feature a lot of self-justification. Miandad claimed that Lillee blocked him and "pushed him out of the way"; Lillee's version of events has Miandad subjecting him to abuse as he approached and Lillee replying in kind -- no mention of any contact
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  • Mark Boucher injury
    Former South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher suffered a freak and gruesome injury when a bail flew up and hit him while playing in a warm-up match against Somersetin 2012. The incident forced Boucher to retire from international cricket Image caption: Boucher is surrounded by the South African team immediately after suffering his eye injury against Somerset in 2012. Image: Wikipedia
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  • Abdur Rehman
    Pakistani spinner Abdur Rehman conceded 8 runs in 0 balls during a match against Bangladesh in the 2014 Asia Cup, which is a unique record.. Here’s a compilation of few bizarre, unfortunate and weird incidents that took place during cricket matches
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  • Inzamam ul Haq fights with spectator
    During a match between India and Pakistan in Toronto in 1997, an Indian fan repeatedly called Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq a 'potato' when he was fielding at the boundary. According to ESPN cricinfo, Inzaman got so angry that he climbed through the crowd, grabbed the man and started thumping him, later he grabbed a bat and ran into the stands while swinging it before being restrained by security
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  • Aus spectator tackles Pak player
    Fan invades cricket field In a one-day international between Australia and Pakistan at the WACA in 2010, a drunk Australian fan, ran onto the field and tackled Pakistan's Khalid Latif before being detained by security
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  • Adam Parore hit-wicket
    In one of the most bizarre dismissals in the history of cricket, New Zealand batsman Adam Parore's helmet was knocked off by a short-pitched ball by Brett Lee during an ODI against Australia in 2000. The helmet fell into the stumps, and Parore was declared out 'hit wicket'
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  • Curtley Ambrose involved in weird run-out
    During a 1997 Test match between West Indies and Australia at WACA in Perth, Windies tail ender Cutley Ambrose stepped out of his crease for a quick single but Aus wicketkeeper Ian Healy ran to the middle of the pitch and underarmed the ball backwards. As Curtly tried to slide his bat home, it got stuck in a big crack, inches short of his crease, and the ball hit the stumps and he was run-out
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  • Lou Vincent loses his pants
    New Zealand player Lou Vincent loses his pants while diving and fielding at boundary during a ODI match. The player still does not care about it, gets up and throws the ball, with his pants down
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  • Greg Chappell spanks nude streaker
    During a match in 1977, Australian test cricketer Greg Chappell spanked a streaker identified as Bruce McCauley with his cricket bat as Bruce ran naked towards the pitch. The incident earned Bruce the nickname 'beaten streaker'
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  • John Snow booed
    During a 1971 Ashes Test between Australia and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground, beer bottles and cans were thrown onto the outfield and English fast bowler John Snow was manhandled by a drunk fan on the boundary. This shocking reaction by the crowd was triggered after Australian Terry Jenner was forced to retire hurt as he accidentally ducked into a bouncer from Snow. English captain Ray Illingworth pulled his team from the field in disgust, but England returned after a few minutes to resume the match
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  • Len Hutton creates history
    England cricketer Sir Len Hutton is the only batsman in Test history to be given out for deliberately 'obstructing the field' against South Africa in a Test match in 1951
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  • Phil Tufnell bowls a shocker
    English left-arm spinner Phil Tufnell lost his grip on the ball and the ball rolled towards square-leg while bowling to New Zealand's Craig McMillan during a Test match. Not to miss out on the chance to score easy runs, McMillan chased the ball and hit it for a boundary
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The game of cricket does not always go according to plan. Here's a compilation of few bizarre, unfortunate and weird incidents that took place during cricket matches

First Published: 28 January, 2017 15:18 IST