Brave Younis Khan gets his groin guard broken by Hamish Bennett

Whether it’s hooking a mighty bouncer for a six or flicking away a deadly toe crusher to the fence, batsmen take pride in being brave. Talking of bats’MEN’, Pakistani batting maestro Younis Khan certainly is hailed for his ‘balls of steel’. Uh, well not literally!

A blow in the testicles is a man’s nightmare. As you can see, getting hit over there brings out the true reactions even from the bravest. That’s why except for the victim, everyone else sees the funny side and once the mist is cleared, the victim is likely to laugh too. Dr Riaz’s arrival with the magic spray here added to the hilarity. Good that senses prevailed, Younis rightly refused it and carried on after replacing the broken groin guard.

There was more pain in store for Younis, as he soon departed for 16 (making it 58 for 3) and Pakistan chasing 312, fell 57 runs short in the final match of the series at Eden Park, Auckland. Winning the series 3-2, must have given Younis finally reason to smile.

Moral of the story: As Dilip Vengsarkar says a batsman has to be “absolutely foolish” not to wear an abdominal guard; and yes beware of the magic spray there, it will only let all the magic go astray.