Watch: Imran Tahir’s celebration went wrong
By Sandy - Nov 4, 2018 2:55 pm
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Apart from being a great spinner, the South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir is also famous for his celebration after taking a wicket. But, recently his celebration went wrong in a cricket match.

Imran Tahir

Prior to their ODI series on the Australia tour, South Africa played a 50-over warm-up game against Prime Minister’s XI at Canberra on last Wednesday (October 31) and that incident happened during that game.

It was the 6th over of chasing when the PM XI’s right-handed opener Josh Philippe played a pull shot against the South African pacer Kagiso Rabada but it found at the deep fine leg position where Imran Tahir grabbed that brilliantly. Despite that brilliant catch, Philippe was rescued due to it was a front-foot no-ball that was called by the bowling end umpire at very soon of that process.

However, Tahir somehow missed to hear that and he felt that it was out. After taking that brilliant catch, he shifted his entire focus from the on-field to the crowd and pointed towards his name at the back of his jersey. Soon, he returned to the game and after realising the exact situation he threw that ball while the batsmen already completed to take two short runs at that moment.

It was a strange and funny incident while the commentators had a laugh on it. One Fox Sports commentator asked his commentary partner, “What is he doing down there.”

In reply, the female commentator said, “Did not hear the no-ball call.”

The male commentator added, “Is he dying down there? He was too busy looking at the crowd, they’re giving him some stick down there!”

Later, the female commentator quoted, “He still doesn’t know what’s happened. This was the catch which was a no-ball, took it nicely, turned around straight away, didn’t really say anything, just pointed to his name, that’s who I am.”

South Africa lost that game by four wickets with 81 balls remaining. After they were bundled out for just 173 runs (42 overs), the PM XI reached the target in 36.3 overs by losing six wickets. Tahir (1/47) picked up the only wicket in that game.