Tim Southee (middle) had a bad stomach and rushed to the washroom, leaving his teammates confused © AFP
Tim Southee (middle) had a bad stomach and rushed to the washroom, leaving his teammates confused © AFP

Cricketers go through a lot of pressure on the field. Be it a nerve-wrecking finish, dip in form or performing in a comeback game, they are always surrounded by pressure. More often than not, they are accustomed to handling such situations on the field, but succumb to it off the 22-yard circle. The ‘pressure’ being referred here is the nature’s call which no human being can control for long. A similar situation arouse for New Zealand vice-captain and Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Tim Southee when he had to halt the team bus midway and rush for a washroom emergency. Harbhajan Singh shared the video from his official Twitter handle. IND vs AUS, 1st Test: Matt Renshaw retires following stomach upset

Southee walked out of the team bus with no one having a clue what he was up to. Harbhajan, recording the video, asked his teammates if they had any idea about Southee’s whereabouts. The MI cricketers looked bewildered and even joked on Southee’s upset stomach. A relieved-looking Southee returned after a few minutes. Harbhajan asked if he wanted to share a message and the Kiwi pacer replied, “Not bad toilets in there” — a quote that will definitely please Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi). AB de Villiers resists call of nature to score hundred

For records, Southee is not been the first player to have succumbed to such pressure. In the high-voltage 2016-17 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Australian opener Matt Renshaw had a similar ‘emergency’ and had to rush to the loo, thereby retiring in the middle of his innings. AB de Villiers has also been involved in such an incident while playing a Test against West Indies. He was nonchalant in his innings with no opponent bowler posing a threat in his fiery hundred, but had to give in to an ‘internal force’ at Warner Park. He completed the ‘formalities’ only after scoring a fine century.