Azhar Ali’s crazy run-out against Australia in the second Test in Abu Dhabi has given his sons something to hold over him for years to come, says the legendary Pakistan batsman.
A veteran of over 66 Tests, and with a Test average off 44.27 and highest score of 302, Azhar has been around the cricketing block a number of times, which makes his crazy run-out on Thursday all the more mind-boggling.
Speaking to the media at the end of the day’s play, the 33-year-old Pakistan star took responsibility for the run-out but was also able to see the funny side of what happened.
‘I know I will be asked this question for a long time now, especially when I go back home. My sons will speak about it for years. Whenever I say something to them, they are going to come back to me about this run-out,’ smiled Azhar.
‘It was one of those things where neither Asad or I had a sight of it that it was going to stop. Even when the throw was coming back I thought he’s just [thrown] it after the ball hit the [boundary rope].
‘Tim Paine started to run towards the stumps then I thought a little bit something funny about it and then it was a shock after that,’ said Azhar.
The run-out proves again that cricket is always ready with a lesson to humble us or keep us grounded the moment we lose focus. And YouTube is there to keep reminding us for years to come.
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