Home > Features > Moments in history >

Ian Healy’s ‘fall’ from grace

Regarded as one of the greatest wicketkeepers to have ever graced the game, Ian Healy has steadily established himself as a commentator of repute. Apart from his insightful analysis, Healy is also known for his humour and antics in the commentary box. Abhishek Borwankar relives one of the hysterical moments in 2011-12 with the legendary gloveman.

Ian Healy is recognised as one of the most prolific wicket keepers in Australia cricket. Of course, he is known for his most ferocious back-foot, using cuts and pulls to proper execution. Unfortunately, he was not the best of drivers.

The incident took place during the India’s 2011-12 tour of Australia. Healy and Mark Nicholas were interviewing camera operator Joe Previtera who had fallen off the mechanised Segway the day before during the second day of the first test match.

Healy decided to take it for a ride (well, not literally) around the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for about half a minute. In a fashion not very different from Previtera’s fall, Healy also stumbled and fell, making a mess of himself. He had pulled off many a stumbling catch during his heydays, but they, unlike the one off the Segway, had been intentional.

Nicholas and Healy had been interviewing Previtera before the start of the third day in the build-up; Healy had tried to jump off it but had eventually tripped and fell down. Luckily, Healy and Previtera went unscathed. Eventually when Healy fell, he could not keep his balance and the machine fell flat on the ground and took some soil of the ground.

Healy had been the wicket keeper and an integral part of the Australian team that had usurped the all-conquering West Indians of their place at the top. Playing in the 1990s he pulled off the most stunning catches behind the stumps and very few people would have expected this from him.

The Segway is a two-wheeled, battery operated and self-balancing scooter that was used by the camera operators during the match to move around the ground to cover the match with ease. It seems very easy to drive, but the Segway has provided people with many laughs during the match with the falls.

Previtera had mocked in an interview before the match had said that he would never crash it and after the fall in an interview with Michael Slater, the maverick opener-turned-commentator had reminded him of his words and said that he had got cocky driving it. He was also greeted by cheers from the crowd and was helped by Michael Clarke and Shaun Marsh to get back on his feet.

It is illegal to drive a Segway around in Melbourne and can be used only on private property. The two-wheeled machine costs between $7000 and $10,000 and it would have cost the authorities a bomb to fix them after the two falls.

The manufacturers of the Segway claim that falling of the self-balancing machine is impossible and falling of it is possible only if a helmet trips you or you jump off it like Healy.

(Abhishek Borwankar is currently pursuing his degree in commerce, but loves cricket and numbers related to it)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Photos

Aaron Finch's record 156 vs England in T20I

Videos

Alastair Cook looks ahead to 3rd ODI at Nottingham

MS Dhoni records most stumpings in international cricket during India-England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Suresh Raina dismissed as India inch closer

Give Virat Kohli a break, India

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Why India will miss Rohit Sharma

MS Dhoni’s statistics at No 5 and 6 in ODIs are phenomenal

Australia England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

India vs England 2014, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Suresh Raina dismissed for 42

India vs England 2014, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Ambati Rayudu gets 3rd ODI half-century

India vs England, 3rd ODI: Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina lead India’s charge

India vs England, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Suresh Raina on the charge for India

Usain Bolt to play with fans during maiden India visit

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Highlights

MS Dhoni records most stumpings in international cricket during India-England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

Give Virat Kohli a break, India

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Why India will miss Rohit Sharma

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: India’s likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

667 Posts | 6 Fans

10 Most Unbeatable Records in Cricket

HTC to finally unveil two wearables, Desire 820 with 64-bit processor at IFA on September 4

Deepika Padukone wishes Ranbir Kapoor and his football club Mumbai City FC good luck!

This is the only Apple iPhone 6 leak video you should watch ahead of September 9 launch

India vs England 3rd ODI: India reach 138/3 in 30 overs; Need 90 more runs to win

Ebola infected monkeys said to be recovering with ZMapp

NGOs pursue education for all

Beware! sugary drinks may increase risk of cancer and heart disease

India vs England 3rd ODI: India reach 173/3 in 35 overs; Need 55 more runs to win

Bigg Boss 8 new promo video: Salman Khan asks viewers to watch out for his grand comeback-watch video!

India vs England, 3rd ODI: Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina lead India’s charge

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here