Shaila Sharmin is not the first bowler to replicate such instance © Getty Images
Shaila Sharmin is not the first bowler to replicate such instance © Getty Images

Sana Mir’s 100-wickets was the highlight of the Pakistan-Bangladesh match of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier. However, most missed an unusual incident from the Bangladesh camp. Bangladesh’s Shaila Sharmin, a right-arm off-spinner usually, was seen using her left and right arm equally well in the same over against Pakistan’s left-right pair Bismah Mahroof and Nain Abidi to add pressure. Nain and Bismah had added 69-run stand for the fourth wicket. Shaila decided to bowl left-arm spin to the right-hander. This unusual bit left Ebony Rainford-Brent, director of Surrey women’s cricket, spellbound, who took to Twitter to express her excitement.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaila was unlucky as she went wicketless, and bowled 3 overs for 18 runs. Shaila had no luck with the bat as well after being dismissed for 7. Bangladesh chasing the target of 227 succumbed to Pakistan bowlers and were bundled out for 160. Pakistan completed a 67-run win over Bangladesh and their first in the tournament at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Wednesday. This match counted as a special one for Pakistan in particular as their captain Sana not only completed 1,000 ODI runs but also became the first Pakistan Women cricketer to grab 100 ODI wickets. Along with the captain, Bismah also completed 2,000 ODI runs. Pakistan’s opening batter Ayesha Zafar and middle-order’s Bismah along with Rabiya Shah were the top-scorers for the side. Sana Mir becomes first Pakistan Women’s cricketer to pick 100 ODI wickets

This was not one of a kind action witnessed in international cricket. The first known instance in international cricket was witnessed during the match between Sri Lanka and Kenya in World Cup 1996 where Hashan Tillakaratne bowled with both arms. He sent down 3 balls with his left-arm, informed the umpire, and switched to off-breaks for the rest of the over. World Cup 1996: Sri Lanka butcher Kenya before Hashan Tillakaratne swaps hands mid-over

A similar incident had occurred during the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Sri Lanka’s Kamindu Mendis bowled both right-arm breaks and left-arm spin. He also played at No. 3 spot for the side and proved himself at both disciplines. Even in Indian domestic cricket, Vidharba’s Akshay Karnewar has done it a few times. The Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketer can bowl offspin as well as left-arm spin.