Bad balls, Good wickets!
By B Dixit - Aug 17, 2017 12:32 pm
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An ideal way of getting a batsman’s wicket in cricket is by bowling a good delivery. This is what bowlers bowl for. The joy of claiming a wicket on a Jaffa is unmatched. Nonetheless, there are instances where the bowlers have bowled gentle full tosses and have still managed to grab a wicket. Some of them are:

  1. Australia vs Pakistan – Legendary spinner, Shane Warne, was just introduced into the attack. He bowled a full toss to Abdur Razzaq, who had all the time in the world to hit the ball to any part of the ground. Much to everyone’s amusement, he hit it straight into the hands of the silly point fielder.
  2. Bangladesh vs South Africa – Mohammad Ashraful bowled rarely in cricket. In of the times when he bowled, he managed to take the all important wicket of AB de Villiers. Ashraful’s delivery reached de Villiers in two bounces. de Villiers played an airy shot, expecting it to be a no-ball. Much to his surprise, he was given out.
  3. Australia vs West Indies – Shivnarine Chanderpaul bowled a very short delivery to Steve Waugh, who dispatched the ball from his sight. A diving Car Hooper, not only stopped the ball from going across the boundary but also held on to a sensational catch.
  4. Zimbabwe vs West Indies – Another instance involving Chanderpaul, but this time on the batting end. Chanderpaul missed a Paul Strang full toss, only to find his furniture disturbed.
  5. England vs Australia – Chris Rogers missed a Graeme Swann full toss, which hit his pads. The Englishmen appealed and the umpire did not hesitate in raising his finger. Had Rogers reviewed the decision, he would have survived the appeal because the replays confirmed that the ball was missing the stumps.

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