Amit Mishra's bizarre run-out against Rajasthan Royals.
Amit Mishra’s bizarre run-out against Rajasthan Royals.

 

On May 8, 2014, Amit Mishra got run-out in the most bizarre of fashions in cricket history. Mishra was batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 when the extraordinary incident occurred. Rajasthan players took two shies at the stump to get Mishra out before succeeding on the third attempt. All this while Mishra was casually walking back to the crease. A look back at the most sensational and comical run-out in cricket history, let alone in the IPL…

 

When Amit Mishra was batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 on May 8, little did anyone expect the comical manner in which he would get run-out. Mishra is a lower-order batsman and won’t trouble the opposition bowlers that often. So, his wicket may not be the talking point of any match. But at Ahmedabad, Mishra’s run-out was the biggest talking point — more the eventual match result, where Hyderabad confounded belief to beat Rajasthan.

 

Mishra came out to bat to face the third delivery of the 20th over in Hyderabad’s innings. James Faulkner bowled a yorker first-up and the ball missed everything en route for four byes. The fourth delivery was also full and Mishra missed, but decided to get to the other end to add a run to the team’s cause. His partner, Irfan Pathan, stood his ground and sent him back. By this time Rajasthan’s wicketkeeper Sanju Samson took aim and missed with the direct-hit. Mishra was nowhere near the crease.

 

Sanju Samson (partially visible on top right) shies at the stumps as Amit Mishra (centre) is mid-way through the pitch.
Sanju Samson (partially visible on top right) shies at the stumps as Amit Mishra (centre) is mid-way through the pitch.

 

The ball was collected by Faulkner and he threw at the stumps from mid-way on the pitch. Mishra made a limp attempt at getting back, but still was far away. But Faulkner’s throw also missed the stumps.

 

James Faulkner's (left) is collected by Sanju Samson (top right). Amit Mishra is trudging back towards the crease.
James Faulkner’s (left) is collected by Sanju Samson (top right). Amit Mishra is trudging back towards the crease.

 

Mishra had by this time given up and was lackadaisically trudging back to the crease, seemingly unhappy with Irfan for not attempting the run. Little did he know that play was still on-going and he was not out. Samson collected Faulkner’s throw and shied at the stumps for the third time in total. This time the ball broke the stumps, as Mishra was looking backwards.

 

Sanju Samson (top right) finally gets the direct-hit as Amit Mishra is run-out on the third attempt.
Sanju Samson (top right) finally gets the direct-hit as Amit Mishra is run-out on the third attempt.

 

The Rajasthan players and everyone watching the game could not believe the bizarre nature of the dismissal. Mishra was out for a duck after facing only two deliveries. A look at the scorecards will not reveal much, but looking at the replays will surely bring out the fun.

 

Amit Mishra is oblivious to the fact that he still had a chance to save his wicket as he is looking backwards.
Amit Mishra is oblivious to the fact that he still had a chance to save his wicket as he is looking backwards.

 

Mishra was not even looking at the ball as the above photo shows. In the photo below, we can see that Mishra was only inches from making his crease when he got run-out.

 

Amit Mishra is inches from the stumps as he gets run-out.
Amit Mishra is inches from the stumps as he gets run-out.

 

In the end, it did not matter for Hyderabad as won the match by 32 runs. They only posted 134 for nine in their 20 overs. But their bowlers, Mishra including, bundled Rajasthan for 102 in 19.5 overs. Either way, Mishra’s run-out will be spoken about for a long time to come.

 

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