Azhar Ali   s bizarre run-out on day three of the second Test at abu Dhabi became an instant hit on social media and speaking about incident, the top-order batsman said that it was completely his fault
Azhar Ali s bizarre run-out on day three of the second Test at abu Dhabi became an instant hit on social media and speaking about incident, the top-order batsman said that it was completely his fault

Azhar Ali s bizarre run-out on day three of the second Test at Abu Dhabi became an instant hit on social media and speaking about incident, the top-order batsman said that it was completely his fault and it will be something that he will be reminded for years to come.

It is kind of disappointing and a shock but also funny,” Ali told reporters at the end of day s play.

Ali was batting on 64 when he edge one past the slip cordon off Peter Siddle, and he and his batting partner, Asad Shafiq, assumed the ball would roll over the boundary rope and without looking engaged for a mid-pitch discussion.

However, the ball stopped just before the boundary and Mitchell Starc threw the ball to the wicketkeeper Tim Paine who duly knocked off the bails even as Ali kept watching the whole sequence without moving a muscle.

“We were just discussing that the ball was swinging a bit late. We both didn’t actually realise something like this could happen, he said.

“When Starc threw the ball even then we didn’t think anything was happening but when it landed in the gloves of the keeper we realised something funny was happening.

“The way the shot was hit to a fast bowler and the edge flew I thought it reached the boundary. But there is no excuse. Everyone was pulling our legs in the dressing room but at that moment it was a shock.”

Ali admitted he and Shafiq did not watch the ball.

“We were not watching the ball and that was the reason I missed the whole sight of it.

Ali denied there was any unsporting behaviour from Australian players in his dismissal.

“I don’t think it was bad sportsmanship and I take full responsibility as I feel I was a bit ignorant. It was nothing at all as no one got in my way or distracted me.

“It was my own doing. I think the Aussies did the right thing.”

He went on to say that his 10-year-old son, Ibtisam, will keep reminding him about the incident

“My son is going to speak about it for a long time and in a funny way. Whenever I will say something about cricket he will surely come back to this incident,” he added.