The game of cricket has always been tagged as unpredictable. During a recent match in Australia, a batsman got out in the weirdest way possible as his middle stump was uprooted and it went for a walk, while the bails remained intact.
Now, as per the rule, the bails need to be dislodged in order to declare it as a wicket. Everyone including the batsman and the bowler looked up to the umpire, as he adjudged it out, and the batsman had to walk back to the pavilion.
There is another interesting incident happened when eleven men receive the Man of the Match award or rather ‘men of the match’. It was the 3rd ODI match between England and Pakistan at Nottingham. English opener Nick Knight scored his career best 125* in that very game. The hosts were led by Mike Atherton, while Wasim Akram was the skipper of the Pakistan team.
England gave the target of 247 to Pakistan, which was more than a competitive score back then before the T20 era. Pakistan started eir innings on a good note with the openers putting up a 93-run stand for the first wicket, the game turned out to be a close one as the men in green chased down the total with two balls to spare, and with just two wickets in hand.
Now the interesting situation turned up when the jury had to choose the player of the match for the game. Opener Knight’s 125* looked the likely candidate but then the hundred went in vain. All-rounder Adam Hollioake’s 4/45 got the hosts back in the game after Pakistan were cruising home at 177/2.
For Pakistan, opener Saeed Anwar’s 61 was crucial apart from Ijaz Ahmed’s 59 saved the sinking boat of Pakistan. In what can be called as a strange decision, but the entire Pakistan team was awarded the Player of the Match award.